Schecter Tempest Standard Fort Washington MD

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.

Atec Corp
(301) 877-8600
7349 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd
Clinton, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral
Instrument Repair Information
Woodwinds-Brass-Orchetral Strings

Hours
Monday-Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-1

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Gordon Keller Music
(703) 548-8833
717 N Saint Asaph St
Alexandria, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Metro Guitar Service
(703) 371-7589
775 23Rd St. S.
Arlington, VA

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Vintage Sound
(703) 914-2126
Po Box 11711
Alexandria, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Brobst Violin Shop
(703) 256-0566
5584 General Washington Dr
Alexandria, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Acoustic Axis Instruments
(703) 548-2321
717 N Saint Asaph St
Alexandria, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Guitor Center Inc
(703) 980-6089
3107 Furman Ln
Alexandria, VA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Bailes African Drum Works
(301) 736-4708
7816 Cryden Way
Forestville, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Hot Licks Guitar Shop
(301) 843-2799
3250 Old Washington Rd
Waldorf, MD
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Guitar Tech on sight for all types/models of guitars.
Repairs for all band instruments. Free estimates given.
Hours
Mon-Fri 11:00AM to 7:00PM
Sat 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Closed Sundays

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Central Electronics
(301) 336-8589
62 Ritchie Rd
Capitol Heights, MD

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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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