Schecter Tempest Standard London KY

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.

Sams Music
(606) 877-9553
2117 Hawk Creek Rd
London, KY
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Gibson'S Music
(606) 528-1354
112 S Main St
Corbin, KY
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Marys House Of Music
(606) 642-3165
Po Box 116
Redfox, KY
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Simpson'S Music Warehouse
(502) 678-9216
115 Chinaberry St
Glasgow, KY

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The Guitar Tone Shop
(606) 787-4619
3156 Mount Hebron Rd
Lancaster, KY
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One Stop Music Shop
(606) 843-2702
Rr 1 Box 70
East Bernstadt, KY
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Beck Guitarworks
(606) 545-7132
1298 Millertown Rd
Rockholds, KY
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Print Music

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First Quality Music Supplier
(800) 635-2021
Po Box 581038
Louisville, KY
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Dbs Music
(270) 842-6996
1221 Broadway Ave
Bowling Green, KY
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Chriss Guitar Shop
(606) 326-0097
121 16Th St
Ashland, KY

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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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