Schecter Tempest Standard Bergenfield NJ

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.

G Madison Guitar&String St
(201) 385-2525
106 Pleasant Ave
Bergenfield, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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John Hsu Violins & Bows
(201) 914-2112
88 Knickerbocker Road
Englewood, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral
Instrument Repair Information
All stringed instrument repairs; bow rehairs and repairs.

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Two Lines Music Inc
(212) 227-9552
Po Box 201
Oradell, NJ

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Lark St Music
(201) 287-1959
479 Cedar Ln
Teaneck, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Frank & Camilles Keyboard Ctrs
(201) 291-1212
144 Rte 4E
Paramus, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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O Dibella Music Inc
(201) 385-5800
456 S Washington Ave
Bergenfield, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Gilsonite Music Ind Inc
(201) 871-4488
40 Grand Ave
Englewood, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard

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Song Piano
(201) 569-7733
40 Grand Ave
Englewood, NJ

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String House Of Music
(201) 784-5050
245 Closter Dock Rd
Closter, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Victors Music & Arts
(201) 444-0700
762 Rte 17 N
Paramus, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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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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