Schecter Tempest Standard Santa Fe 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.

After Midnight Custom Guitars
(505) 995-0638
551 W Cordova Rd
Santa Fe, NM

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(505) 988-8933
851 Saint Michaels Dr
Santa Fe, NM
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Lesmens Monster Music
(505) 232-0326
5413 Lomas Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM

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Accordion Aesthetics
(505) 662-2639
Po Box 960
Los Alamos, NM

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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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Santa Fe Musical Instruments
(505) 989-9163
1845 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM
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Strings & Things Llc
(505) 983-5906
851 Saint Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM
 
Mountain Music
(505) 523-0603
824 S Solano Dr
Las Cruces, NM
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Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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The String Tree, Inc
(575) 534-0372
4240 Grandview Rd
Silver City, NM
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Band & Orchestral

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Piano Gallery
(505) 522-7800
518 N Telshor Blvd Ste C
Las Cruces, NM
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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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