Schecter Tempest Standard Bennettsville SC

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.

Banjo Cason Music Co
(843) 537-6485
17 Chesterfield Hwy
Cheraw, SC
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Abalone Vintage Guitars
(803) 791-8165
Po Box 324
Lexington, SC
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Town And Country Music
(843) 849-7732
411 Hibben St
Mount Pleasant, SC
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Musicians Exchange
(843) 764-1700
303 N Goose Creek Blvd
Goose Creek, SC
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Bernhardt House Of Violins
(864) 282-8887
10 Howe St
Greenville, SC
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Music Master
(910) 277-0111
Po Box 732
Laurinburg, NC
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Alan Taylor Music Co
(803) 252-5721
1015 Wildwood Ave
Columbia, SC
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The Centurions, Inc.
(864) 943-2319
136 Crosscreek Connector
Greenwood, SC
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Marshall Piano Co
(803) 327-3334
316 Dave Lyle Blvd
Rock Hill, SC
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Dubose Music
(803) 438-8348
Po Box 1720
Lugoff, SC
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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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