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Schecter Tempest Standard Cary NC

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.

Musical Creations Ltd
(919) 460-7464
104 Lindemans Dr
Cary, NC

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Music-Go-Round
(919) 851-2252
421 Crossroads Blvd
Cary, NC

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Bass Music Enterprises
(919) 859-3511
200-123 Powell Dr
Raleigh, NC

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2112 Percussion
(919) 833-0046
1003 E Whitaker Mill Rd
Raleigh, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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J J Dumplin'S Music
(919) 557-2101
1927 N Bryson Ct
Fuquay Varina, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Burt Music Co Inc
(919) 469-2922
1341 Kildaire Farm Rd
Cary, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Fat Sound Guitar Co
(919) 467-1003
8316 Chapel Hill Rd
Cary, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Maus Piano & Organ Co
(919) 782-8391
6015 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Adorables
(919) 434-3295
6508 Wavcott Drive
Fuquay Varina, NC

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Music Explorium
(919) 484-9090
5314 Nc Highway 55
Durham, NC
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion

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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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