Schecter Tempest Standard Campbellsville KY

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.

Wilsound Sound & Lighting Co
(270) 789-1505
4400 Old Lebanon Rd
Campbellsville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Krystal Music
(270) 849-2337
4490 New Lebanon Rd
Campbellsville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Carls Music Ctr
(859) 254-0324
Pob 54813
Lexington, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement

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Don Wilson Music Of Louisville
(502) 394-0224
215 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitarz4U
(270) 269-0395
820 New Salem Loop
Nortonville, KY

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Campbellsville Music
(270) 465-9233
255 Martin Rd
Campbellsville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Forte Llc
(502) 238-3838
1821 Stevens Ave
Louisville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Freedom Enterprises
(270) 965-2126
8068 Fords Ferry Rd
Marion, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Christian Supply House
(270) 443-1319
3333 Irvin Cobb Dr
Paducah, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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One Stop Music Shop
(606) 843-2702
Rr 1 Box 70
East Bernstadt, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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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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