SCHECTER HELLCAT (SPITFIRE)

  • Schecter Spitfire (Hellcat)

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1996

Production of the retro styled Schecter Spitfire began in 1996 - but legal complications forced Schecter to change its name to the Hellcat by 1997. According to Schecter the Hellcat was:

"designed to be the ultimate marriage of the 60s and the 90s, the Hellcat's three mini-humbuckers offer a wide array of shimmering tones. Cool vintage finishes, psychedelic colored pearl pickguards and oversized 'radio' knobs add to the Hellcat's retro look, while the VS-100 tremolo and Sperzel locking tuners give the tuning stability that the 'pawnshop' specials of yesteryear did not have."

Guitar Magazine UK were suitably impressed in their 1997 review of the Hellcat:

"The Hellcat is one of the most impressive guitars I've played for a long time... it looks fantastic and has a juicy tone to match. Due to the large and number of playing styles currently in fashion ...stylistically, companies need to take risks to attract the new breed of guitar players... Schecter are certainly doing that."
Guitar Magazine UK

Hellcats were also available with two Schecter humbuckers and there was a 10 string version (the Hellcat X).

Specifications (22)

Body

Body materialalder body
Pickguard materialpearloid pickguard

Hardware

BridgeWilkinson VS-100 tremolo
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TunersSperzel locking tuners

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish, sparkle finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Neck

Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Nutgraphite nut
Peghead (headstock)matching-finish headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Controls

Pickup selector controls1 pickup selector switch, 3-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelSeymour Duncan pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 mini-humbucker pickups, 3 mini-humbucker pickups

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