Schecter Tempest Standard Hicksville NY

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.

Stage Stars Records Inc
(516) 949-8800
94 Gardiners Ave
Levittown, NY

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(516) 735-3594
3068 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Long Island Drum Center
(516) 694-5432
1460 Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY

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La Rosa Music Sales
(516) 921-6759
63 Southwood Cir
Syosset, NY
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard

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David Hermon Violins
(516) 292-8994
1511 Dieman Ln
East Meadow, NY
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Band & Orchestral

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Music Trends
(516) 796-7755
2947 Hempstead Tpke
Levittown, NY
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DJ Equipment

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All Music Inc
(516) 433-6969
397 S Oyster Bay Rd
Plainview, NY
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Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(516) 333-8700 or Toll-free: (800) 472-6274
385 Old Country Road
Westbury, NY
 
Musical Instrument Sls Corp
(516) 485-7176
1364 Richmond Ct
East Meadow, NY

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Guitar Center
(516) 248-2020
229 Glen Cove Road
Carle Place, NY
 
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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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