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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In addition a clarinet and oboe duet will be performed by Sam Schecter and Uwe Adric. The highlight of the fundraising recital will be the first place winners of last years competition, and they are as ... Nancy Weaver's Swing Quartet, with Nancy...Read more

The Arts Desk, April 23rd

There's Ofer (Ofer Schecter, pictured below right), an exuberantly gay primary school teacher who seems to spend a lot of his classes belting out disco numbers in drag, and shy blogger Keren (Keren Berger); Efrat (Efrat Dor), a lesbian singer-guitarist...Read more

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PR Web (press release), April 23rd

The world's leading retailers, Luthiers, and guitar manufacturers choose Graph Tech products including: Carvin, Fender, Gibson, Godin, Hagstrom, Ibanez, Jay Turser, Lag, Larrivee, Martin Guitars, Ovation, Peavey, Samick, Schecter, Epiphone Guitars, and ...Read more

ROCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING Benefit Raises Over $10000, April 22nd

A completely packed venue witnessed a silent auction and raffle, with highlights including a Schecter guitar signed by all the musicians (for which a bidding war broke out!), a DW Collectors Series snare signed by all the musicians, a signed MOTLEY...Read more

'Rockers Against Trafficking' Benefit Concert Featuring STP, MEGADETH, Ex ...

A completely packed venue witnessed a silent auction and raffle, with highlights including a Schecter guitar signed by all the musicians (for which a bidding war broke out!), a DW Collectors Series snare signed by all the musicians, a signed MÖTLEY...Read more

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Kill Your Stereo, April 21st

I used a Schecter Hellraiser C-7, which is just a standard seven-string guitar. They're pretty good and they are kind of standard in our genre. They do what needs to be done I guess. I tracked through a Kemper Profiler, which is like an axe-FX digital...Read more

Interview: Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold Talks Master Class
Crave Online, April 17th

In early April, ten guitar enthusiasts were flown to Los Angeles for the lesson of a lifetime. Guitar Center and Schecter Guitar Research played host to the inaugural Master Class taught by Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates, who chose the lucky few...Read more

Schecter Custom Shop Tour
Premier Guitar, April 8th

Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond visits the Schecter Custom Shop in Sun Valley, California, to go behind the scenes on how this team of skilled builders and passionate players creates the Schecter USA and Masterworks guitar lines. We go in depth on ...Read more