Schecter Tempest Standard Lakewood NJ

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.

Fair Share Music
(732) 768-6516
61 Old Tavern Rd
Howell, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Recording Equipment

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Royal Music Centers Inc
(732) 240-2332
864 Route 37 W
Toms River, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Academy Of Drums & Music
(732) 244-8680
589 Fischer Blvd
Toms River, NJ

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Garden State Music Ctr
(732) 255-9331
1861 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Ocean County Music Corp
(732) 899-8282
619 Arnold Ave
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Howell Music Center
(732) 363-2223
4417 Us Highway 9
Howell, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Jersey Drums N Precussion
(732) 451-0888
294 Brick Blvd
Brick, NJ

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Guitar Guy,The
(732) 286-2333
26 Main St Ste N
Toms River, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Toms River Music
(732) 240-5454
635 Bay Ave
Toms River, NJ
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Z Bass Inc
(732) 701-0227
212 Broadway
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

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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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