Schecter Tempest Standard Palm Harbor FL

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.

Florida Music Co.
(727) 234-0110
2710 Alt 19 Ste 304
Palm Harbor, FL
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Hr Harrison Group Inc
(727) 785-9915
146 Annwood Rd
Palm Harbor, FL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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Musicians Study Inst
(727) 736-1474
2109 Main St
Dunedin, FL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment

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Fletcher Music Ctr
(727) 791-4177
1101 Woodcrest Ave
Safety Harbor, FL
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs

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Music Center Of Holiday
(727) 938-7287
5345 Mile Stretch Dr
Holiday, FL
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Jim Terry Music
(727) 789-6787
2356 Curlew Rd
Palm Harbor, FL
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Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Apple Studios
(813) 854-1526
120 Commerce Blvd Ste 2
Oldsmar, FL
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Stevie Bs Total Guitar Inc
(727) 785-9106
30111 Us 19 N
Clearwater, FL
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Sam Ash Music Stores
(727) 756-8062
923 North McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater, FL
 
Music Matters, Inc.
(727) 834-8856
4112 Little Rd
New Port Richey, FL
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Electronic Keyboard

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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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