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Schecter E-1 Apocalypse in Rusty Grey

US-made pickups and a killer design that's metal through-and-through

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Elliot Stent

The Schecter E-1 is a pure metal machine, and one of the brand's most eye-popping designs. With US-made Apocalypse-VI humbuckers, a multi-ply neck and X-jumbo stainless steel frets, this instrument simply isn’t for the faint-hearted.


The Schecter E-1 Apocalypse features a Swamp Ash body, which serves as an excellent tonal foundation for the powerful pickups. Ensuring a balanced sound with rich lows and sweet highs, this material is also lightweight, making the E-1 a brilliant performance workhorse.

The E-1's neck provides all of the potent note definition you'd expect from a metal-style instrument. Constructed from Maple and Padauk, this combination of woods adds plenty of mid-range and presence, so that heavy palm-muted riffs or searing solos have all of the attack you'd ever need.

Its multi-ply design adds strength too, which helps to prevent issues like warping. But if that doesn't sound like enough, Schecter has reinforced the neck with Carbon Fibre rods too!

Electronics & Hardware

A guitar of this calibre should never be let down by sub-par pickups, which is why Schecter has opted to fit the E-1 Apocalypse with its high-end US-made humbuckers. The Apocalypse-VI pickups have a gloriously strong voice, truly in their element when used with distortion or overdrive.

However, they aren't one-trick ponies either. That's because these particular humbuckers sound ultra-clear and precise with clean amp settings, especially when you engage the E-1's push-pull tone control.

In addition to the high-end pickups, the hardware on this guitar is top-tier as well. Schecter has installed the E-1 with its own set of locking tuners, ensuring super-easy string changes. In conjunction with the Graph Tech XL Black Tusq nut, these hardware appointments guarantee better overall tuning stability.

At the other end of the instrument, you'll find a TonePros T3BT TOM bridge. Incredibly reliable and solid, this robust bridge will take years of playing abuse without breaking a sweat. Feeling smooth on the right hand, this bridge is also very easy to adjust when making setup changes.

Here’s what Schecter say:

Joining the ranks of the Apocalypse Series is the highly requested E-1. Loaded with the same great features like a swamp ash body, set-neck with ultra-access and an ebony fretboard, this guitar is ready for the stage.


  • Body: Swamp Ash
  • Neck: Maple/Padauk Multi-ply w/Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Neck shape: Thin C
  • Neck construction: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5”
  • Fretboard radius: 12”-16” compound radius
  • Nut width: 1.653”
  • Bridge: TonePros T3BT TOM & T1Z Tailpiece
  • Tuners: Schecter locking
  • Bridge pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI
  • Neck pickup: Schecter USA Apocalypse-VI
  • Pickup switch: 3-way switch, push-pull tone
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