Schecter Tempest Standard Oxford MS

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.

Rebel Sound & Lighting
(662) 236-5340
1412 Jackson Ave W
Oxford, MS

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Allegrezza Piano Co Inc
(860) 898-0354
Pob 869
Ridgeland, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Wright Music Co
(601) 354-5646
1980 Highway 80 W
Jackson, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Print Music

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Morrison Brothers Music
(601) 352-0135
127 Dyess Rd
Ridgeland, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Organs

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Jim Pinkston Music Inc
(601) 897-1035
2059 E Pass Rd
Gulfport, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Rons Music Center
(662) 234-0051
717 N Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS

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Lakesland Music
(601) 982-0089
5200 Highway 25
Flowood, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Cowan Music
(662) 453-7292
100 W Market St
Greenwood, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Charles Hall Studios
(662) 453-8826
110 W Claiborne Ave
Greenwood, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Lucedale Music Co
(601) 947-9470
5169 Main St
Lucedale, MS
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, 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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