SCHECTER GUITAR RESEARCH Unveils Three New Artist Signings From Metal's Darker Recesses

Schecter Guitar Research has announced three pivotal players in the metal arena with new Schecter Signature Series guitars to be released: Kenny Hickey (TYPE O NEGATIVE, DANZIG, SEVENTH VOID), Tommy Victor (PRONG, MINISTRY, DANZIG) and Marco "Maus" Biazzi (LACUNA COIL): three distinct players with different styles and tone, but with one ingredient in common: Schecter Guitars.

Kenny Hickey's well-defined baritone sound was the heart of TYPE O NEGATIVE, gothic-metal homages to man's darkest corners, while the bite of his tone found with SEVENTH VOID and his touring stints with DANZIG proved that regardless of the set-up, his tone was an organic extension. His Schecter Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX will allow players to harness the tools of his sound and maybe even conjure some "green light" spirits up.

Tommy Victor is a legend of the stop/start riff fraternity, something that befitted his band PRONG's New York City chaotic roots. Albums like "Prove You Wrong", "Cleansing" and their latest "Carved In Stone" highlight his clean clock-like riffs, while his roadwork with DANZIG further embraced his ability to play a deep groove and MINISTRY showcased his pile-driving methodology. The Schecter Tommy Victor Signature will allow guitarists to now employ his various playing styles in one unit.

LACUNA COIL's Marco "Maus" Biazzi, like Kenny Hickey, explores a darker sound but harnesses the sweep of European-style metal familiar to his Italian heritage. His intricate playing, weaving between the throbbing melodies and Cristina Scabbia's vocals, landed the band on a much larger stage with the success of "Comalies" in 2004. With the recent release "Dark Adrenaline", Maus continues to paint sonic melodies while wielding off flourishing leads. The Schecter Maus Signature C-7 model will help further establish his reputation in and out of the metal world.

The Schecter Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX, Tommy Victor Signature and The Schecter Maus Signature C-7 models are all being showcased at the musical instrument industry's biggest event — the winter NAMM conference — Schecter Booth, Room 210-D, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2013.

About the Kenny Hickey Signature C-1 EX:

Construction: Set Neck w/Ultra Access
Body: Mahogany
Neck: 3-pc Mahogany
Scale: 26.5" Extended Scale*
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 42mm
Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
Inlays: Green Blocks
Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB (SH-4)/ Sustainiac®
Electronics: Volume/Tone/3-Way Toggle (pickups)/ "KILL" Switch/On-Off
Mini Toggle/3-Way Normal-Mix-Harmonic Mode Mini Toggle

Bridge: TonePros TOM w/String Thru Body
Tuners: Schecter Locking
Hardware: Black Chrome
Color: Steele Green (SG)
Left-Hand Availability: N/A
Case: SGR-1C

*The 26.5" Extended scale is designed to help stabilize the string tension and responsiveness adding articulate tone and Punch when using lower tunings.

About the Tommy Victor Signature:

Construction: Bolt-on
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Scale: 25.5"
Fingerboard: Ebony
Nut: Floyd Rose R2 41.3mm
Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
Inlays: Circles w/Prong at 12th fret
Pickups: EMG 81/89R
Electronics: Vol (tap)/Vol/3-way switch
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series
Tuners: Grover
Hardware: Black
Color: Satin Black (SBK)
Left-Hand Availability: N/A
Case: SGR-1C

About the Maus Signature C-7:

Construction: Set Neck w/Ultra Access
Body: Mahogany
Neck: 3-pc Maple
Scale: 26.5" Extended Scale
Fingerboard: Ebony w/Compound Radius 12"-16"
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 48mm
Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
Inlays: Mother of Pearl Offset Dots at 12th and 24th Frets
Binding: Black Multi-ply
Pickups: EMG Active 81-7X/707
Electronics: Volume/Tone/3-Way Switch
Bridge: TonePros TOM w/String Thru Body
Tuners: Schecter Locking
Hardware: Black Chrome
Color: Satin Black (SBK)
Left-Hand Availability: N/A
Case: SGR-1C

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