Schecter Tempest Standard Somerset KY

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.

Audio One Music
(606) 676-9031
1340 S Highway 27
Somerset, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Weddle Tech Aka Audio One
(606) 676-9031
1340 S Highway 27 Ste D
Somerset, KY
 
Main St Music
(606) 365-8000
205 W Main St
Stanford, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Dyson Music Supply
(270) 898-7762
815 Tyree Rd
Paducah, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Chapman Music
(270) 554-7224
3042 Lone Oak Rd
Paducah, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Melody Music
(606) 679-1088
511 Ogden St
Somerset, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Earl Brooks Piano & Music Center, Lcc
(606) 677-0011
1424 S Highway 27
Somerset, KY
 
Wonderland Arts & Music
(502) 412-8000
1004 Round Table Ct
Louisville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Bader Music Village
(502) 459-7011
3031 Breckenridge Ln
Louisville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Knight Audio
(502) 266-5507
11874 Capital Way
Louisville, KY
Types of Instruments Sold
Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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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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