The Schecter Hellraiser was made for metal. It's sleek design, low action, and active EMG pickups make it one of the top metal guitars for under $1,000. I've had my Hellraiser for about 8 years, and it's easily my favorite guitar (More so than my PRS Custom 24). I lucked out and found it used for $350. This guitar isn't only for metal, thrash, and punk. Blues players also love this guitar.
So what does this guitar come equipped with? It has a set-neck with a cutout that lets you easily access the 24th fret without bending your hand awkwardly. The neck and body are made from mahogany with quilted maple. The binding all the way around the guitar is gorgeous abalone. There's 24 jumbo frets, gothic cross abalone inlays, and split coil active EMG pickups. The Grover tuners keep it in tune better than most guitars I've played. Two volume knobs and a tone knob, a raised roller bridge, and a 3-way switch finish off the list of features. This guitar comes with everything you need to shred. I love the raised bridge. It makes controlling palm mutes feel a lot easier, as opposed to a more flat profile bridge like the Custom 24 guitars have. The active 81w/89 EMG pickups make for a very responsive and in-your-face distorted tone. Both pickups are split coil, so you can push/pull the volume knobs to get any tone you can think of. Even the cleans you can get are very good for active pickups. If you want to hear some of the distorted tones you can get, just check out some of the covers I've done on Youtube.
I used to listen to a lot of Three Days Grace, which is the original reason I wanted to get this guitar. I'm so glad I did, because I've never played a guitar in this price range that was better for playing the kind of music I like to play (which, if you watch my Youtube channel, you know is a lot of August Burns Red) I use it in almost every video I make these days. The number of tones you can get from this guitar is astounding. If you're into metal, just combine this guitar with a Peavey 6505+ and you're set. There are even models of the Hellraiser that come with a Floyd Rose, if you're into that sort of thing. It's slightly on the heavy side, but the metal tones you can get out of it are even heavier.
There's very little this guitar cannot do, but it was definitely made for metal. The thin neck and jumbo frets make playing intricate riffs a breeze. If that's what you play, and you get one guitar this year, absolutely check this guitar out. Go play one for yourself if you can. I guarantee you'll be sold. \m/