Schecter Wes Hauch PT-7 FR Review WiredGuitarist August 16, 2016 Articles, Reviews, Schecter Guitar Reviews, Uncategorized Wes Hauch is a guitarist at the forefront of modern metal. Having played with The Faceless and Thy Art Is Murder, Hauch is known for his brutal yet melodic style of guitar playing, accented with intense legato shredding. Modern-styled teles, such as the fancy Schecter PT, have become fairly popular in the metal community these days. So, it only felt right to go ahead and post a review on the Schecter Wes Hauch PT-7 FR. Features: Swamp Ash Body Black Binding Satin White Finish Ultra Thin “C” Maple Neck Bolt-on Neck Design Ebony Fretboard with 12”-16” Compound Radius 25.5” Scale Length 24 Extra-Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets Abalone Offset Dots with Luminlay Side Dots. Floyd Rose 1500 Series Bridge Grover Tuners Floyd Rose 1500 Nut Seymour Duncan Pegasus/Sentient Pickups Volume/Tone (Push-Pull)/3-Way Switch The Wes Hauch PT-7 features a compound radius. This means that the neck is rounder at the nut and flatter near the body joint for easy string bending. These are great for guitarists who are really riff heavy, but still like to shred. Considering this guitar is going for around $1089, the addition of Luminlays and SS frets are really nice and unexpected. If you’re not really sure of the benefits of SS frets, we have an informative article called Nickel vs Stainless Steel Frets. The Floyd Rose 1500 is built in Korea, just like most of the 1000 series, but it is instead made with stainless steel screws and saddles. The stainless material makes for a much higher quality bridge with a ton of stability. Visually, the guitar has a ton of cool appointments which really bring the Tele shape up to modern standards. The offset dots, satin finish, reverse headstock, and black hardware make for a “metal” look on a classic guitar shape. Tone: Something important to note is that although the guitar is a shorter scale length for a 7-string, the decision to build it with swamp ash and a bolt-on maple neck have made for a ton of clarity when tuning low. Bolt-on construction is my favorite. It makes for a snappy sound that contains loads of punch. Sustain isn’t compromised due to the solid slab of wood for the body. Swamp ash is an “airy” sounding wood that gives off a lot of percussive sound, which is great for lead playing and chugging. The tonal qualities of this wood are extended highs, slightly scooped mids, and extended lows. The pickup choice in the Wes Hauch PT is the SD Pegasus/Sentient set. These pickups are absolutely made for extended range. They’re very musical with a lot of harmonic character. The mixture of these pickups and the swamp ash body are very airy and bright. (We have a full review on the Seymour Duncan Pegasus if you want to learn more about it.) Dynamically, the guitar is very versatile and handles big chords very well. A lot of times, I’m weary about 25.5” 7-string guitars, but everything about this guitar was well thought out to perform in low tunings. It definitely excels in metal applications. Build Quality: Modern Schecter guitars have been surprising me in the last few years. Schecter used to struggle a bit with Korean import QC, but they have been aggressively ramping things up. They have perform quality control checks on every guitar that enters the US. All of the important things such as electronic quality, fretwork, and neck alignment are all fairly on point. Compared to something like a $2000+ USA Custom build Schecter, it’s not perfect, but for the price it’s a pretty impressively built guitar. One thing in particular that stood out to me was the hidden fret tangs. Usually this is something you only see on very expensive guitars! Final Verdict: Most of the current PT models are modern takes on classic Tele-style guitars. The Hauch PT-7 takes the design to the next level with even more modern appointments and aggressive pickups. It’s a well built guitar, and it offers a ton of great features that you don’t usually see at this price point. Thanks to the wonderful combo of woods and pickup choices, the guitar has a ton of versatility, sustain, and clarity. If you are looking for a Tele-style guitar built for metal, don’t hesitate on the Wes Hauch PT-7 FR! We upload new articles daily so if you liked this one, make sure to check out some more! We are also authorized Schecter dealers and can get you any current Schecter you’d like at the best price possible. This article was written by Zac Buras, our editor located in Louisiana.