Some of the world best electric-guitar manufacturers began their businesses on the fringes of the music world. For example, Leo Fender was repairing radios in 1938 before he started building PA systems and amplifying acoustic guitars—his breakthrough, the Esquire, wouldn’t appear until 1950. Similarly, David Schecter got his start in 1976 making everything from replacement necks to pick guards for companies like Fender and Gibson, as well as its own customers.
By 1979, Schecter was in the guitar business proper, producing a Fender Telecaster-like electric guitar with Gibson humbucking pickups from a facility in Van Nuys, California. Sold in just 20 specialty guitar shops across the United States, this custom hybrid was embraced by Pete Townsend of The Who, which gave the young company instant cred. Before long, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits was playing a Schecter, too, but such rock-star notoriety was not enough to keep the company afloat. In 1983, Schecter sold his company to a group of Texans, who proceeded to run it into the ground.
Schecter guitars made in Texas from 1983 to 1987, with names like the Saturn and the Scorcher, were of poor quality and are thus not especially sought by collectors. More desirable are the early guitars (1979-1983) and the ones made after Hisatake Shibuya took over the company in 1987. Shibuya, who also owns ESP Guitars, returned Schecter to California and its custom-shop roots. A decade later, Schecter was evolving beyond its Fender styles to create original guitar designs such as the Hellcat and Avenger.
Finally, in 1998, Schecter made the biggest break with its past when it introduced its inexpensive Diamond Series. While the guitars were made and assembled in South Korea, final setup still took place in the U.S.
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Review: DVD Shows The Who In Great FormTimes Record, June 29th
Yes, there are times when Townshend's mind seems to wander — he actually looks bored during the usually epic “Baba O'Riley,” refusing to do his usual guitar-windmilling entrance on the number — but more times than not, The Who's chief songwriter...Read more
WIN! A pair of Bloodstock Open Air tickets and a Schecter C-6 DeluxeMusicRadar.com, June 18th
If your summer is distinctly lacking in metal, then a trip to Bloodstock Open Air festival would be well advised – fortunately for you, we have a pair of weekend tickets (worth £270) to give away, plus a Schecter C-6 Deluxe (worth £255) thanks to the...Read more
Ask Beijing Today #63Beijing Today, June 17th
A. GuGu 123 is a world-class music store and the first of its kind in Beijing. It offers real guitars and basses, straight from the distributors, and includes brands such as Fender, Gibson, Schecter and Warwick. The shop also offers professional guitar...Read more
Donation will expand school music programNews Transcript, June 16th
instrument cables and amplifiers to more than 30,000 students in more than 100 schools nationally and internationally. The foundation is funded through grants and sponsorships with Schecter Guitars, Marriott Hotels, Guitar Center, Mogami Cable...Read more
Musician hopes to find vintage guitars stolen from his homeFOX 29, June 11th
The burglar made off with a TV, jewelry, computers, and Schecter's three vintage Gibson guitars. "They're worn out where my arm sweated on it, where my stomach rubbed on it, and the finish is gone," said Schecter. Schecter has been turning to social...Read more
Schecter Guitar Research Unveils the Chris Poland Solo-6 FR PoltergeistPremier Guitar, January 13th
Sun Valley, CA (January 13, 2014) -- Schecter Guitar Research debuts the Chris Poland Signature Solo-6 FR Poltergeist for the 2015 Winter NAMM Show, which will be showcased in Schecter's upstairs Room 210-D. The Poltergeist features a Mahogany ...Read more
Schecter PT Fastback II B ReviewPremier Guitar, January 11th
Mention Schecter to the average player, and they immediately think “metal guitars”—and with good cause: Since the turn of the century, the company's artist roster has gotten increasingly aggro. Guys like Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance and...Read more
Schecter Guitar Customized With Batman ComicsComicbook.com, January 4th
There's a popular internet meme that states, "Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman, always be Batman." For musician and designer Steve Hatmaker Jr., this rule also applies to guitars. Since customizing the Schecter guitar with Batman comics, ...Read more