Schecter Tempest Standard North Haven CT

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.

Goldie & Libero Music Center
(203) 239-2263
380 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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All Things Musical Llc
(203) 230-9715
3210 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Dj Outlet
(203) 562-1900
1464 Ella T Grasso Blvd
New Haven, CT
Types of Instruments Sold
Recording Equipment

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Skips Guitar Shop
(203) 265-7903
56 Lupine St
Wallingford, CT
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(203) 389-0500
95 Amity Road
New Haven, CT
 
New England Music Ctr Inc
(203) 239-5553
459 Washington Ave C
North Haven, CT
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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G Guitars
(203) 786-4734
153 East St
New Haven, CT

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One Flight Up Guitars Llc
(203) 389-9400
63 Amity Rd
New Haven, CT
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Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Joes Guitars
(203) 269-0820
1070 N Colony Rd
Wallingford, CT
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Wilhelm Gertz Piano
(203) 782-1006
Po Box 955
New Haven, CT
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Acoustic Piano, Print Music

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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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