Arch Enemy guitarist Jeff Loomis spoke in an interview with All That Shreds and explained why he left Schecter Guitars. He said:
“I have nothing but good things to say about Schecter Guitars! Excellent people that work there. It was just one of those things where I was with him for 12 years and wanted a change.
I think my legacy was always the Jeff Loomis JL-7 model. It’s always been the model that’s sold the most and is the most popular. I tried some other guitar designs with the company, and they weren’t so successful.
I just felt personally like I wanted to move on and be a free agent and be able to play whatever I want to play because I’m an avid collector of guitars. I’ve got a bunch of Les Pauls and Strats, and they’ve always been sitting around my house collecting dust.
When it comes down to an endorsement, you can only play what you’re endorsing, and I wanted more freedom to play any guitar out of my collection.
I got fed up with that. I was just like, ‘Guys, you know, I think my time has come where, after 12 years of being with the company I just want to be free.’ That’s what happened, you know, they were a bit disappointed.
I think sometimes you need to change and you just move on from it and try something else. So I’m a free agent right now, and I’m delighted where I am.”
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