Schecter Tempest Standard Newburgh IN

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.

Ibowtie Brass
(812) 453-4350
5677 Spring Corner Rd
Newburgh, IN
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Band & Orchestral, Print Music

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Musicians Den
(812) 471-2740
5900 Vogel Rd
Evansville, IN
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Recording Equipment

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H & H Music Service
(812) 477-5339
1313 Washington Ave
Evansville, IN
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral

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Bud Halls Guitar Town
(812) 867-3569
1065 E Baseline Rd
Evansville, IN
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Abbas Art & Music Co
(270) 826-0186
Po Box 1855
Henderson, KY
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Moores Music
(812) 479-9595
4200 E Morgan Ave
Evansville, IN
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Opus I Music Inc
(812) 479-6787
301 N Royal Ave
Evansville, IN
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Music Market
(812) 897-1811
Po Box 62
Boonville, IN
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Octavo Corp
(812) 475-1573
Po Box 4723
Evansville, IN
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Print Music

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Dallas Music Store
(812) 423-1493
1718 S St Phillips Rd
Evansville, IN
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Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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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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