Schecter Tempest Standard Columbia TN

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.

Boomers Music
(931) 486-0358
2547D Nashville Hwy
Columbia, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Madden Guitars
(615) 790-9741
4640 Old Harpeth Peytonsville Rd
Thompsons Station, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Miller Piano
(615) 771-0020
539 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Martin Music
(901) 757-9020
8014 Club Center Dr Ste 12
Cordova, TN

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Kevins Music Shop
(931) 762-6660
113 S Military Ave
Lawrenceburg, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Print Music

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Jim Hewgley Music
(931) 388-5209
1860 Shady Brook St
Columbia, TN

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Guitar Shop_The
(931) 380-0802
2743 New Lewisburg Hwy
Lewisburg, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Fiddlin With Music
(423) 613-8082
739 Cosby Hwy
Newport, TN
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Giant Steps Music Corp
(423) 875-4179
3841 Hixson Pike
Chattanooga, TN
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Nashville Music Co
(615) 292-5651
4111 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN
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Band & Orchestral, 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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