Schecter Tempest Standard Canon City CO

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.

Cross Music Co
(719) 275-1075
623 Main St
Canon City, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Forte Music Corp.
(303) 948-9221
11387 W Progress Ave
Littleton, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Elledge Music Inc
(719) 545-2617
518 W Northern Ave
Pueblo, CO

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Sweetwave Audio, Inc.
(303) 258-0563
1795 Plaza Dr
Louisville, CO

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Djs Music Box
(303) 756-9461
5048 E Hampden Ave
Denver, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Smashing Good Guitars
(719) 784-3730
128 E Main St
Florence, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Lapcat Studios
(303) 908-9738
852 E Bayaud Ave
Denver, CO

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Keptone Music Workshop
(970) 308-2579
273B E. 29Th St.
Loveland, CO

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Cabin Fever Music
(970) 264-6606
117 Panorama Pl
Pagosa Springs, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Flesher-Hinton Music Company
(303) 337-2610
1232 South Havana Street
Aurora, CO
 
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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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