C-1 SGR by Schecter Beginner Electric Guitar Review

Recently, I found myself in the market for a guitar for my son to learn on. Wanting to get him started right, I decided to buy him his own guitar so that he can learn on a more beginner-friendly instrument, rather than learn on one of mine. As a result, I found the C-1 SGR by Schecter Beginner Guitar.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Beginner's Electric Guitar

There are few colors as intrinsically cool as the color blue, and as a guitar player, I really love to see a blue instrument. The C-1 SGR is electric blue, which adds a bit of coolness to the beginner guitar experience. In addition to this, there are several features of this guitar that make it look cool enough for a beginner to really progress their skills on, even into the intermediate level.

The C-1 SGR by Schecter Beginner Electric Guitar

There are a lot of solid body guitars out there for beginners and the C-1 SGR is a great addition to that list. One of the standout features of this guitar is its surprising number of frets. The C-1 SGR has 24 frets, which is something that you'll not often find on a beginner instrument. This is probably why this is such a great instrument to progress with; the guitarist won't feel limited and will have a high amount of frets to experiment with.

  • It also has walnut satin and a midnight satin black varieties.
  • It has 24 frets to work with.
  • The fretboard is walnut with pearloid dots and the 12th fret has a unique design.
  • The hardware is black chrome.
  • The guitar has a great electric blue color.
  • It is designed to be beginner-friendly, so the build quality may not be for advanced players.
  • The pickups aren't very good at all.
  • There's a tendency for there to be some buzzing between frets.

Features and Benefits

A Unique Fretboard

C-1 SGR by Schecter Beginner Electric Guitar

For some fretboards, pearloid dots are fairly common. Despite this, the C-1 SGR has a great design; the wood is nice and crisp looking and the pearloid dots seem to really jump out. Add to this that the 12th fret has a unique pattern on it that forms a filigreed pearloid shape and you have a unique looking fretting experience.

Additionally, the fretboard has 24 frets. This means that guitarists can get some metal-friendly high notes out of this guitar without the need to actually bend the string to hit the note. As a professional guitarist, I really appreciate the number of frets. I've had to purchase fret replacement necks in order to get that number of frets on my favorite instruments.

Electric Blue Coloration

Looks are important too. The coloration of the instrument that I'm reviewing is electric blue. This provides a metallic blue coloration that looks great in a lot of different lighting situations. In fact, this looks like a very live performance-friendly instrument, so if you're an intermediate player, this instrument can easily be used during a show and your audience won't notice that it's a beginner instrument.

The Gig Bag

When it comes to beginner guitar players, it's useful to have a few useful pack-ins so that they can have a more complete experience. Schecter was kind enough to provide a very good looking gig bag with the C-1 SGR. This allows for the beginner guitarist to take his or her guitar on road trips. The only thing that'll be needed is a strap and an amp.

Unique Design Notes

Schecter really went to great lengths to make this guitar look very attractive. The body has a few curves that make it look very stylish, the hardware is all made of black chrome, and the headstock has a unique shaping that sets it apart from the Fenders, the Ibanezes, and the Epiphones on the market.

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Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Schecter 431 C-6 Deluxe Solid-Body Electric Guitar

Another Schecter product, the 431 C-6 electric guitar has a similar blue color scheme to the C-1 SGR. While this isn't a bad beginner guitar, anyone intending to play metal or harder rock will really value its versatility and the clean pickups of this guitar. The strings of this guitar go through the body, which provides a lot more sustain than other string systems.


Schecter 431 C-6


Design: Schechter Diamond Plus Pickups

Best Feature: Its pickups provide a lot of simple power.

Schecter C-1 SGR

Price: $199.99

Design: Schecter SGR Pickups

Best Feature: The black chrome hardware.

Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar

Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar

Another great guitar with 24 frets, the Dean Vendetta packs a lot of oomph and is a great choice for several genres of music. It has a paulownia body, which is an excellent tonewood. This instrument also has a string-through-body design that provides good sustain. Unlike the Schecter guitars that I covered, this one has a dual-humbucker setup that should reduce the hum and create a punchier sound.


Dean Vendetta


Design: Dual Dean Humbuckers

Best Feature: The humbuckers produce a solid and stiff sound.

Schecter C-1 SGR

Price: $199.99

Design: Schecter SGR Pickups

Best Feature: The black chrome hardware.

Ibanez GRGM21WH MIKRO Electric Guitar

Ibanez GRGM21WH MIKRO Electric Guitar

This 24 string variation of the Mikro guitar is a great guitar to learn metal on. Firstly, it has great flash; the fretboard has mother of pearl inlays that are triangular and stylish. Secondly, the guitar also uses a dual humbucker setup for a punchy sound that's perfect for a newbie looking to learn several different genres of music.


Ibanez GRGM21WH


Design: Dual Ibanez Humbucker

Best Feature: The guitar is well crafted; it feels like a single piece of wood.

Schecter C-1 SGR

Price: $199.99

Design: Schecter SGR Pickups

Best Feature: The black chrome hardware.

Final Thoughts

With the Schecter C-1 SGR, Schecter has done a great job making a beginner-friendly guitar. It has more than enough style and panache for the intermediate player and also has more than enough frets for a wide range of sound as well. While it's not the cheapest entry-level guitar, it does pack in more than enough features for a beginner to learn the guitar with. We selected multiple electric guitars to recommend for beginners because they are cool to play with in the beginning. Make sure you check out what we have to offer in the beginner's guide.

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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Alan - May 17, 2018

You compare the Schecter 431 C-6 and state that it has the Schecter Diamond Plus Pickups with the C-1 SGR having SGR pick ups. According to the Schecter website the C-1 SGR also has the Diamond Plus Pickups.

I just ordered this awesome looking guitar and hope to be able to learn enough to enjoy myself playing it. Nearly every review of good starter guitars lists this near the top of their picks.


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