Schecter Van Nuys Article - WHY are DREAM MACHINES SPECIAL ?

I often get asked: what is so special about a Schecter Dream Machine, compared to a modern super Strat like a Suhr or a Tom Anderson or a Fender custom shop  ? :


Well they may not look so different than modern guitars but they are VERY DIFFERENT


so this is a list of what makes a Schecter Dream Machine such special guitars

40 YEARS OF AGE

  • AGE : with time passing Wood refines itself by drying and wood cellular composition breaks down and opens up: those guitars are 40 years old, their body and neck wood open up in tone (and sustain)

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BODY CONSTRUCTION

  • Body Wood Construction: most dream machines featured A SINGLE SOLID 1 PIECE body  ! often a big chunk of exotic wood like Koa, Imbuya, Claro Walnut etc ( today's manufacture uses a thin exotic TOP over a one or 2 pieces non exotic body core.

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NECK WOODS and CONSTRUCTION

  • Necks: were often carved out of 1 solid piece of exotic wood (shedua, padauk, brazilian rosewood, hong kong rosewood, etc), 1 piece, not just a fingerboard.

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TOM ANDERSON's PERSONAL TOUCH on NECKS

  • Tom Anderson's touch: As confirmed by Brad  Hodges all necks were first put through a Murray profiling machine by Tom and once through the machine then it was up to Tom Anderson to apply his personal magic hands on touches.

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WOOD FINISH

  • Wood finish : nitro cellulose lacquer was used on painted bodies, no polyurethane .

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PICKUPS

  • Pickups: part of the F500T production were made of a strandwire that is unobtainum today, literally does not exist anymore. AND magnets age too ... again 40 years old. , now add to these unique pickups the very cool 3 mini switches arrangement and you get 27 sounds, not just the 5 sounds on a typical stratocaster.


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PICKGUARD MATERIALS

  • Pickguard material: made out of solid brass, steel, or aluminum, not just plastic.... each of these materials DO CHANGE the tone of the guitar...

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SOLID BRASS HARDWARE

  • Hardware: solid Brass, brass saddles, brass trem plate, brass block , brass nut, brass string tree, not just gold finish, all these change the TONE of the guitar.

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IN SUMMARY

All these adds up to something that is very different than a modern guitar.



so yes, I'm sure there are great new guitars out there, but if you pick up an original Van Nuys Schecter, especially a factory made one with S serial number from those days, no doubt you would understand and pick up on all those subtleties that add up to make a vintage Schecter a very special instrument !

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