Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Review & Prices

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Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Review
  • From Schecter's 2019 Apocalypse series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM w/ String Thru Body bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners
  • From Schecter's 2019 Apocalypse series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TonePros T3BT TOM w/ String Thru Body bridge
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin C Set neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Schecter Locking tuners

Verdict: is The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse a Good Guitar?

Made in South Korea with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with good playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it's a guitar with great value that offers a lot for the cost. Overall, an excellent guitar if Hard Rock or similar genres are your jam.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 80
Value for money 80
Overall Score 80
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Prices

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Is the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1000, which means that the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse costs around 130% 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 Fixed bridge that are made in South Korea.

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse was released in 2019 and is part of the Apocalypse series. It is made in South Korea (but bear in mind that mass production guitars change factory often). We'll be taking a look at its build quality, tone, playability, versatiliy and some extras to determine how 'good' this guitar is. We'll use these aspects to determine a final score for this guitar, which you can see at the top of this page.

But since we know that this isn't always possible, we'll try our best at reviewing this guitar for you.

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How well is the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Built?

Where is the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse 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 V-1 Apocalypse is made in South Korea. Guitars made here are well-built and tend to have good quality control, even though they focus on mass production. This used to be the most premium option just below Japan or the US, but other countries like Indonesia are becoming great competitors because of even cheaper labor without sacrificing quality.

Now, let's take a look at the quality of the materials used to build this guitar.

Quality of Wood Used in the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse

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 V-1 Apocalypse:

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

The body is made of Ash. The most popular Ash wood for guitars is swamp Ash. It has a really light color with beautiful patterns, which makes it perfect for a natural-looking finish. It's not as lightweight as Alder, but also not as heavy as Mahogany. It's known for producing a bright tone with solid mids and lows.

The neck 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.

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.

Bridge

The bridge is a TonePros T3BT TOM w/ String Thru Body. The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Tuners

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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 V-1 Apocalypse has a Black Tusq XL nut. It's not made of plastic or low-quality materials. They're made to resemble the sound you get from bone and ivory nuts, but with slippery materials so the intonation and tuning are stable. Also, each nut is carefully cut to ensure you won't have tune stabilization problems.

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.

Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 84
Features 80
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 80

Does the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Like we already wrote, 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

The first step to choosing an electric guitar should be deciding what type of pickups you want. There are multiple configurations and each offers different advantages.

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Schecter USA. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

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 V-1 Apocalypse'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.

Next, we can take a look at the quality of the pickups. Some brands like to build their own pickups, but it's preferable when they feature a specialized pickup brand like Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, etc. Unless we're talking about Fender or Gibson, since they build excellent pickups too.

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Versatility

Let's evaluate how much freedom this model gives you to play with more tones, playstyles and genres. We'll take into account things like coil split, fret number, tremolo and the pickup combinations you can have.

Let's start with the switch options. 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.

Here's the diagram showing the different pickup combinations you can get out of this guitar model:

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse's switch options

What music genre is the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock 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 85
Sustain 85
Versatility 67
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 79

Is The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Easy to Play?

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse meets 6 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.

Now let's take a look at the most important measurements and features that will determine the playability of a guitar:

Nut Width

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Nut Width
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Nut Width

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse 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.

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 V-1 Apocalypse's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Scale Length Comparison
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

Neck Profile

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Neck Profile
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse'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.

In this case, the measurements of the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse's neck is a thickness of 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.

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.

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Fretboard Compound Radius
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse's Compound Fretboard Radius

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse has a compound fingerboard radius of 12" to 16".

A compound radius is the best you can get because you'll get the best of both worlds. It starts curved at the nut, but it flattens as you get closer to the guitar body. This means that you'll get great comfortability for chords on the first few frets, but also a flatter fretboard for playing solos without problems on the higher frets.

Playability compared to main competitors

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1.654'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
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Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Schecter V-1 Apocalypse'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

Frets

The Schecter V-1 Apocalypse has 24 frets. A lot of people mistakenly believe that having more frets will always be better because it gives you a higher octave. This is certainly an advantage, but there's also a disadvantage to this.

Since the fretboard will be longer, the neck pickup will need to be placed closer to the bridge. And as you may know, the further away the neck pickup is from the bridge, the warmer it sounds. This means you'll have a brighter-sounding neck pickup when using a 24-fret guitar, even if you use the same pickup on a 22-fret guitar.

Finally, these are stainless steel frets. They're the best fretwire available. This means you won't need to change your frets since they should last as long as your guitar. Some people also feel easier bendings after swapping to stainless steel.

Fret Size

Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Fret Size Comparison
Schecter V-1 Apocalypse'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 V-1 Apocalypse's frets are XL Jumbo size. These are extra-large frets, which are perfect for people who truly want the least resistance for techniques like vibrato, bending, tapping, and just playing fast in general. You won't be able to feel the fretboard with these frets, so if you press too hard you'll get the notes out of pitch. It might take a while to get used to them because of this.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 90
Playability 82

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Schecter V-1 Apocalypse Specs

General
Brand: Schecter
Year: 2019
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: South Korea
Series: Apocalypse
Colors: Red Patterns, Natural Gray
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Swamp Ash
Bridge: TonePros T3BT TOM w/ String Thru Body
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Schecter Locking
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods
Decoration: Triangle at 12th and 24th Fret
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Thin C
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.79'' (20.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm)
Frets: 24 XL Jumbo Yes
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16"
Nut: Black Tusq XL
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Coil Split
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI (Humbucker / Passive)