Schecter Tempest Standard Manhasset 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.

Tonys Instr Repair Shop
(516) 625-0007
79 Searingtown Rd
Albertson, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Port Washington Music
(516) 883-4433
938 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY

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Catalano Musical Prod
(516) 488-2522
1007 Jericho Tpke
New Hyde Park, NY

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Laconia Music Ctr Inc
(516) 352-4070
410 Jericho Tpke
New Hyde Park, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Lewis Music
(516) 742-3961
278 Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY

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Great Neck Music Ctr
(516) 466-3994
625 Middle Neck Rd
Great Neck, NY
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Wright Music Inc
(516) 883-0043
938 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
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Our repair department is headed by Bruce Huron. We repair all Band and Orchestral instruments as well as Guitars on the premises.

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American Guitar Museum
(516) 488-5000
1810 New Hyde Park Rd
New Hyde Park, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Long Island Drum Ctr
(718) 428-1888
25210 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement

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Weiner Music
(516) 747-5004
168 Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY
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Band & Orchestral

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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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