Schecter Tempest Standard Humble TX

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.

Kingwood Music School
(281) 360-9888
3427 W Lake Houston Pkwy
Kingwood, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Texas Music Emporium
(281) 233-0100
132 Fm 1960 Rd E Ste D
Houston, TX

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H&H Music
(281) 580-8000
713 Fm 1960 Rd W
Houston, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Top Of The Line Basses & Etc
(281) 587-2277
14810 Walters Rd
Houston, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Saldivar Music Shop
(713) 302-7986
Po Box 920934
Houston, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Humble Music Center
(281) 540-7444
138 1St St W
Humble, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Guitar Center
(281) 537-9100
16745 N. Freeway
Houston, TX
 
Parker Music
(281) 820-0011
9941 North Fwy
Houston, TX
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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Halls Family Music Inc
(281) 367-0545
25210 Grogans Park Dr
The Woodlands, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Music Rack
(281) 353-8727
17934 Kuykendahl Rd
Spring, TX
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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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