Schecter Tempest Standard Sylmar CA

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.

Glenn Hendricks Music Group
(818) 361-9330
1960 Glenoaks Blvd Ste 4
San Fernando, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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House Of Drums
(818) 360-7100
17628 Chatsworth St
Granada Hills, CA

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Brauer Service Co., Inc.
(818) 760-0637
11024 Balboa Blvd # 682
Granada Hills, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Sound Back
(818) 894-0535
9329 Kester Ave
Panorama City, CA

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Nrg Cases
(702) 267-0759
11144 Penrose St
Sun Valley, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Cassell S Music
(818) 365-9247
901 N Maclay Ave
San Fernando, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Blueridge Pickin Parlor
(818) 282-9001
17828 Chatsworth St
Granada Hills, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Full Blast Custom Drum Shop
(818) 786-8907
17939 Chatsworth St
Granada Hills, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion

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Sst Inc
(818) 907-7780
10917 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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Mnm Productions
(818) 890-9885
19360 Rinaldi St 105
Northridge, CA
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano

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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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