Schecter Corsair 2020 Review & Prices

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Schecter Corsair 2020 Review
  • From Schecter's 2021 Corsair series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar Burl Veneer top
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Tremolo Roller Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
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  • From Schecter's 2021 Corsair series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar Burl Veneer top
  • Maple body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Tremolo Roller Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 18:1 tuners
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Verdict: is The Schecter Corsair 2020 a Good Guitar?

Made in Indonesia with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It doesn't come with the best pickups, so you might want to upgrade them eventually. It's a well-balanced guitar for playing solos and chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Jazz or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 73
Sound 66
Build quality 70
Value for money 75
Overall Score 70
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter Corsair 2020
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq Nut
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Schecter Corsair 2020 Prices

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Is the Schecter Corsair 2020 a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $550, which means that the Schecter Corsair 2020 costs around 45% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Bigsby Tremolo bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is The Schecter Corsair 2020 Easy to Play?

The Schecter Corsair 2020 meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Schecter Corsair 2020
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Schecter Corsair 2020's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Schecter Corsair 2020's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Schecter Corsair 2020 Scale Length Comparison
Schecter Corsair 2020's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Schecter Corsair 2020 Neck Profile
Schecter Corsair 2020's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Schecter Corsair 2020's neck thickness is approximately 0.79'' (20.1mm) at the first fret, and 0.87'' (22.1mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Schecter website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Schecter Corsair 2020 has a fingerboard radius of 14". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Schecter Corsair 2020 Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Schecter Corsair 2020's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This makes it more similar to Gibson guitars (12'') than Fender (9.5''). It's slightly flatter than most modern Gibson fretboards though, which makes it more comfortable for single notes, bendings and vibratos, but less comfortable for chords. If you like the playability of a Gibson, which can be described as ''balanced for chords and solos'', and don't care about having slightly less curve for more comfortable solos, you'll like this radius.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Schecter Corsair 2020 has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
14'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Schecter Corsair 2020 Nut Width
Schecter Corsair 2020 Nut Width

The Schecter Corsair 2020 has a nut width of 42mm (1.654''). This is narrower than the typical 43mm (1 11/16") found in electric guitars. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string much easier at the nut.

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Frets

The Schecter Corsair 2020 has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Schecter Corsair 2020 Fret Size Comparison
Schecter Corsair 2020's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Schecter Corsair 2020's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 73

Does the Schecter Corsair 2020 Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time. The good thing is that pickups are easy to change, so you can do it at home.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Schecter Corsair 2020's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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22 Frets
Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
Schecter Diamond 78 Bridge Pickup
Schecter Diamond 78 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Tremolo Bridge
Schecter Diamond 78 Special Bridge Pickup
Schecter Diamond 78 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Tremolo Bridge
Schecter Diamond 78 Special Bridge Pickup
Schecter Diamond 78 Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Tremolo Bridge
Schecter Diamond 78 Bridge Pickup
Schecter Diamond Nick Johnston Single Coil Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Schecter Diamond Nick Johnston Single Coil Bridge Pickup
Schecter Diamond 78 Neck Pickup

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

It has a Coil Split option. It allows you to 'split' or turn off pickup coils to get even more tones in combination with the pickup selector. When used with humbucker pickups, it'll reduce the output and increase their clarity, turning them essentially into single-coil pickups.

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Diagram

Schecter Corsair 2020 pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Schecter Corsair 2020's switch options

What music genre is the Schecter Corsair 2020 good for?

As a 6 strings, Semi-Hollow guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Jazz or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 69
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 66

How well is the Schecter Corsair 2020 Built?

Where is the Schecter Corsair 2020 Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Schecter Corsair 2020 is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Still, remember that we're taking about Schecter here, which is a brand with good renown. They know how to use cheap labor in this country without sacrificing too much quality. So you shouldn't end up receiving a useless or ugly instrument.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Schecter Corsair 2020

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Schecter Corsair 2020:

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Body
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

The body is made of Maple. This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

The neck is made of Mahogany. This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Finally, the fretboard material is Ebony. This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

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Bridge

The bridge is a Tremolo Roller Tune-O-Matic. This is a classy bridge that will make any guitar look vintage. It's a subtle tremolo, so it won't change the pitch of the strings too much and is very friendly with classic Jazz and other retro genres. The big disadvantage is that it's difficult to change the strings and setup correctly.

Also, if it's not well done, this type of bridge can cause your guitar to get out of tune often. For this reason, it's often better paired with roller saddles.

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Tuners

The tuners have a ratio of 18:1. This means you need 18 turns of the tuner knob to make the tuner post go around 1 complete revolution. The more turns it takes, the finer and more precise your tuning is going to be. The 18:1 ratio is what most guitars have nowadays. Some high-end guitars come with a ratio of 21:1.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Schecter Corsair 2020 has a Ivory Tusq nut. This material is made to look, feel and sound like Ivory. It's made of organic polymers and doesn't contain oil or animal products. This is probably the highest quality nut you can get, so you can expect good tune stability and more clear tones when playing open strings. Most people seem to agree that it looks nicer than any plastic and even some bone nuts.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 76
Features 65
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 70

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Schecter Corsair 2020 Specs

General
Brand: Schecter
Year: 2021
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Corsair
Colors: Gold
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Arched Poplar Burl Veneer
Type: Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Maple
Bridge: Tremolo Roller Tune-O-Matic
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Grover Rotomatic 18:1
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration: Blocks
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: Thin C
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.79'' (20.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm)
Frets: 22 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 14"
Nut: Ivory Tusq
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Speed
Pickup Mods: Coil Split
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Schecter Diamond 78 (Humbucker / Passive)