By: Stephen Martinez
The Schecter Synyster Custom-S is an eye catcher for sure with its pinstriped body and the “Deathbat” inlay at the twelfth fret. Additionally, it has Synyster Gates “SYN” on the ninth, seventh, and fifth fret. The Synyster Custom-S comes equipped with a Seymour Duncan Invader pickup in the bridge position and a Sustaniac pickup in the neck position. The Invader pickup allows for a high gain output which is good for playing metal or rock type music. The Sustaniac pickup offers a unique feature that sets this guitar a level above the rest. The Sustaniac has an on and off switch which activates the pickups features. It also has a three way toggle that has three settings: sustain, fourth of a harmonic, and a full harmonic. The Sustaniac can sustain a note on the guitar for as long as your battery lasts. How the pickup works is when turned on, it creates a magnetic field over the strings on the guitar and continuously sends it through the pickup which provides infinite sustain. The Synyster Custom-S isn’t only good for rock or metal music, when on a clean channel both bridge and neck pickups provide a really good clean sound with the Sustaniac sounding more isolated and the Invader sounding more chunky.
This guitar is a 25.5” scale and has 24 jumbo frets on an ebony fingerboard. It has a set three piece mahogany neck with ultra access to the 24th fret and carbon fiber reinforcement, and a mahogany body with a flat top contour. It has a 9-volt clip-in battery compartment on the back of the body to keep the Sustaniac sounding right. It features a Floyd Rose 1500 series tremolo bridge and Grover tuners. The Synyster Custom-S comes in many different colors such as: black and gold; white and gold; white and black; black and red; black and silver; purple and green. Recently Schecter and Synyster Gates have released a 2016 model line that includes more color variations of the Synyster Custom-S which are Satin Gold Burst and Earth Burst. The older Synyster Custom-S models cost around $1,199 but the newer ones run about $1,250. If you’re into versatile, high output guitars, a collector of unique guitars, or just a huge fan of Avenged Sevenfold, the Synyster Custom-S is the guitar for you.