Schecter Tempest Standard Jamaica 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.

Albertos Music City
(718) 848-3397
10321 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(718) 793-7983
11325 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY
 
Music Park
(718) 661-3689
15911 Horace Harding Expy
Flushing, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Frank & Camilles Keyboard
(781) 776-6967
30 E Sunrise Hwy
Valley Stream, NY

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Song Of Songs Music Co
(718) 321-3878
17174 46Th Ave
Flushing, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Keys To Success_The
(718) 738-0100
10510 Crossbay Blvd
Ozone Park, NY

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New York Piano Center
(212) 229-2600
Pob 750841
Forest Hills, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Concertina Workshop
(718) 479-3810
21829 Jamaica Ave
Jamaica, NY

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Loud Joy Inc
(516) 763-9249
56 M St
Elmont, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Galaxy Pro Sound
(718) 353-1566
16403 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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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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