Summer NAMM: Jeff Loomis Reveals Plans for New Solo Album and talks Schecter JL-7

At this point, Conquering Dystopia guitarist Jeff Loomis is an OG Schecter signature artist, and his JL-7 has been a staple of the Schecter lineup for many years. For 2014, we (and Jeff) are finally getting an updated version, with a different set of EMGs (57 and 66), a thinner body, a gloss finish, and the option of a Hipshot bridge for the hardtail version. He also moved his volume knob out of the way of his picking hand (which is a big one, if you play guitar you know the pain of accidentally rolling down your volume knob in the middle of a song).


Also intriguing, I asked if we can expect another Jeff Loomis solo album anytime soon, and was surprised to learn that he has one more on his contract with Century Media and would be starting to write for it likely this month. He plans to be in the studio for it as early as this coming fall.


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  • he forgot to mention theThree piece maple neck with carbon steel reinforcement rods, Xtra Jumbo Stainless Steel frets and Ebony fretboard with Schecter locking tuners., also the body is swamp ash, It comes in trans Black satin finish as well! guitar looks killer and sounds great, wish i could get on e in my hands though, first run sold out damn near immediately. now there’s more out there

    • Have you considered a career as a Schecter rep?

  • i would if i didnt screw it up like i just did lol, i was looking at the merrow 7 sttring video after this and was commenting on it lmao. FAIL. but yeah i could sell some guitars for schecter, hell really any manufacturer but fender, not a huge fan, but they have their moments as well. that merrow KM7 is my biggest guitar crush at the moment though for sure,. the updated loomis JL7 is pretty sweet now too, that is a 5 piece neck, if you get the hipshot it comes with schecter locking tuners, if you get the floyd version, standard tuners and floyd rose. it lso comes in Vampyre red, pretty slick if you ask me. don’t forget the JL-fr-s as well, with a sustainer pickup in the neck position and emg 707 i think in the bridge. lol i can’t help it, CONQUERING DYSTOPIA KILLS! so i crush on their guitars….schecter has made much better guitars as of late, think it’s time to get me one :)

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