Schecter Tempest Standard Buffalo Grove IL

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.

Crescendo Music
(847) 520-2677
155 W Dundee Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Hoffman Strings
(877) 478-7103
16571 W Easton Ave
Prairie View, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Music Center Of Deerfield
(847) 945-1322
811 Waukegan Rd
Deerfield, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Karnes Music
(815) 459-1839
926 W Dundee Rd
Arlington Heights, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Print Music

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Patio Organ Showcase
(847) 259-8075
308 Linden Rd N
Prospect Heights, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Solo Classic Violins
(847) 276-2710
476 W Half Day Rd
Buffalo Grove, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Repair and restoration on violins, violas, Cellos, Basses, Bow rehair and repair
Hours
Monday-Friday- 10.30AM-8.30PM
Saturday- 8.30AM-4.00PM Sunday- Closed

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Eric Chapman Violins
(847) 236-1044
41 Keswick Ct
Lincolnshire, IL

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Village Music Store
(847) 945-5321
645 Osterman Ave
Deerfield, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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T C Furlong Music
(847) 634-8335
16208 W Woodbine Cir
Vernon Hills, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Offbeat Music
(847) 550-1361
3 S Old Rand Rd
Lake Zurich, IL

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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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