Schecter Tempest Standard Beacon NY

Like the rest of the South Korea-crafted Diamond Series guitars in this roundup, the Tempest Standard is all kinds of sweet. It looks cool, it plays great, and it sounds awesome. There are absolutely zero imperfections in the fit and finish department, and clever accouterments such as the Ultra-Access neck joint and the rubber grips on the Volume and Tone knobs add a sparkle of luxury to a basic, hard-working club guitar.

Imperial Guitar & Soundwor
(845) 567-0111
99 Route 17K
Newburgh, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Mekeels Music Shop
(845) 562-5566
2 Plank Rd
Newburgh, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Alto Music Of Duchess Coun
(845) 297-0011
Bank Plaza 1659 Rt 9
Wappingers Falls, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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King James Music
(845) 895-1926
48 Trapps View Farm Rd
Wallkill, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Poughkeepsie Music Shop
(845) 229-5438
40 Alicia Ct
Poughkeepsie, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Sbordone Piano & Organ Co
(845) 565-7070
484 Broadway
Newburgh, NY
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Broadway Video & Music
(845) 561-8743
30 Frozen Ridge Rd
Newburgh, NY

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Cannon Guitars
(845) 778-3815
2689 State Route 208
Walden, NY
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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R Anderson Music Center
(845) 473-9417
2 Reservoir St
Poughkeepsie, NY
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Drums & Percussion, DJ Equipment

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Radovich & Dean Music
(845) 225-4515
56 Gleneida Ave
Carmel, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
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Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
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Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
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Band and orchestra repair. NAPBIRT technians. Guitar repair
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M-F 10AM- 7PM
sat 10AM-4PM

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Tempest Standard

gp0710_gearsche_0698Like the rest of the South Korea-crafted Diamond Series guitars in this roundup, the Tempest Standard is all kinds of sweet. It looks cool, it plays great, and it sounds awesome. There are absolutely zero imperfections in the fit and finish department, and clever accouterments such as the Ultra-Access neck joint and the rubber grips on the Volume and Tone knobs add a sparkle of luxury to a basic, hard-working club guitar. The workmanship is so consistent amongst the models we tested—excepting some minor setup issues with the Damien and Solo 6—that choosing the right guitar is more a matter of deciding on your preferred cosmetic impact. In the Tempest’s case, the vintage goldtop color (it’s also available in gloss black and vintage white), hot-rod silhouette, and extreme top carve (the pickups look as if they’re atop the crest of a hill) speaks retro in a sophisticated way. I can’t think of a band in which it would look totally out of place.

On the sonic side, I found the Tempest to be a very resonant and ballsy guitar that gives every note a nice, round pop. The neck and combined-pickup sounds are warm without being muddy, and the bridge humbucker uncorks a meaty midrange that really growls and snarls. You could play almost anything on this guitar, from old-school and modern metal to classic rock to jazz and beyond. For some, there may not be enough snap for country, and while the coil-tap does thin out the tone nicely, it doesn’t really give up those vibey, clucky, and hollow single-coil sounds. Even so, the Tempest is a versatile machine that is a delight to play—and that joy will likely increase every time you remember you shelled out way under $600 for this stunner.

gp0710_gearschec_0706CONTACT Schecter Guitars, schecterguitars.com

PRICE $799 retail/$549 street

NUTWIDTH 1 11/16"

NECK 24 3/4" 3-piece set mahogany with Ultra Access neck joint

FRETBOARD Rosewood

FRETS 22 medium

BODY Mahogany

PICKUPS Duncan Designed HB-101n (neck) and HB-102b (brid...

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