Schecter Tempest Standard Rio Rancho NM

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.

Kitt Fine Pianos
(505) 898-5266
3204 Se Cir Se
Rio Rancho, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Music World Of Albuquerque
(505) 883-3003
8003 Vinemont Pl Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Guitar Boy Llc
(505) 872-3111
3301 Menaul Blvd Ne Ste 31
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Southwest Music Inc
(505) 881-2232
4717 Menaul Blvd Ne Ste B
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Robertson & Sons Violin Sh
(505) 889-2999
3201 Carlisle Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral

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Grandmas Music Center
(505) 292-0341
9310 Coors Blvd Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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King Music Center Inc
(505) 884-6774
8003 Vinemont Pl Nw
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Wholesale Piano
(505) 341-0095
3700 Osuna Rd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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GuitarVista
(505) 268-1133
3005 Monte Vista NE
Albuquerque, NM
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
All major and minor guitar adjustments and restorations.
Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
And by Appointment

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Charles Pianos
(505) 881-1650
5000 Menaul Blvd Ne Ste B
Albuquerque, NM
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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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