How to Set Up a Schecter C-1

by Matt Gerrard

Schecter has manufactured electric guitars and basses for the last 35 years. They produce a broad variety of different models, both guitars and basses. The C-1 is a standard solid-body electric guitar, with a Stratocaster-style shape. However, unlike a Strat, it has a Gibson-style "Tune-O-Matic" bridge. Adjusting the action and intonation of the strings is essential to have the guitar play at its best. Setting up a guitar with such a bridge is a straightforward process that only requires a few basic tools.

Items you will need

  • Electronic Tuner
  • Flat-bladed screwdriver
Step 1

Play each string open, and listen for buzzing against the lowest frets. Try playing open chords at the first fret, and some open chords at the second and third. Play some riffs in various places around the neck, varying the amount of force with your picking hand. Use the thumb-wheels on the sides of the bridge to lower the saddles. Move them down a quarter-turn at a time, and test the strings for buzzing. Keep lowering the bridge until the strings buzz, then raise it gradually until the buzzing stops.

Step 2

Tune the guitar up to standard EBGDAE tuning using the electronic tuner. Pluck open strings using your fingers rather than a plectrum. This produces a purer tone with fewer harmonics that could give you a false reading on the tuner.

Step 3

Play a harmonic on the top E string. Hold your finger directly over the metal bar of the fret and lightly touch the string with the callous on the tip of your finger. Pluck the string and quickly remove your fretting finger, allowing the note to ring. Note the pitch on the tuner display; it will likely be slightly high or lower than the pitch of the open string. Set the bridge saddle position so the low E and the harmonic E are both exactly on pitch.

Step 4

If the harmonic is flat, use the screwdriver to turn the screw on the back of the saddle clockwise a quarter turn. This will raise the harmonic pitch slightly. Play the open string again and re-tune it, as the pitch will have changed. Check the harmonic again and repeat the process until the open string and harmonic note both produce a perfect E. Repeat with the other 6 strings.

About the Author

Matt Gerrard began writing in 2002, initially contributing articles about college student culture to "The Gateway" magazine, many of which were republished on the now-defunct Plinth blog. Since then, Gerrard has worked as a technician for musicians, educators, chemists and engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music technology from DeMontfort University.