Schecter Tempest Standard Wheat Ridge CO

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.

Drum City Guitarland
(303) 421-4515
9225 W 44Th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Denver School Of Music
(303) 420-7952
5275 Marshall St
Arvada, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Print Music

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Rockley Music
(303) 233-4444
8555 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Flesher Hinton Co
(303) 433-8891
3936 Tennyson St
Denver, CO
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Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Flesher-Hinton Music Company
(303) 433-8891
3936 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO
 
Olde Town Pickin Parlor
(303) 421-2304
7515 Grandview Ave
Arvada, CO

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Howes Piano Co
(303) 462-0505
5560 Harlan St
Arvada, CO
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Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano

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Academy Of Music
(303) 237-4761
2461 Marshall St
Edgewater, CO
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Acoustic Piano, Organs, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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C Ryan Inc
(303) 964-9577
4979 W 44Th Ave
Denver, CO

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Guitar Center
(720) 540-3033
8601 Sheridan Blvd. Ste. #G
Arvada, CO
 
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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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