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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Dundee man asks for public's help to make instrument thieves face the music
The Courier, February 24th

Among the items taken were four guitars: a PRES SE custom electric guitar in grey and black, a Schecter C1 Elite Diamond series white electric guitar, an Ibanex BTB 405 brown or orange bass guitar and a Breedlove acoustic guitar. A number of effects ...Read more

Future of rock band in doubt after £2500-worth of gear stolen from back of car
Lancashire Telegraph, February 23rd

The equipment, stolen between 10.30pm on Friday and 5.15am on Saturday, included a modified Fender Japanese Geddy Lee Signature Bass and a Schecter Omen 6 Extreme vintage sunburst guitar. The band have now taken to social media site Facebook ...Read more

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Burnley Express, February 22nd

A Burnley band is appealing for information after having thousands of pounds worth of equipment stolen. One of the Monsters as Humans band member's cars was broken into outside a house in Todmorden Road overnight Friday into Saturday. Thieves made ...Read more

Traveling Guitar Foundation & Schecter Guitars to Perform at Northeast Schools
Broadway World, February 19th

After years of success bringing music education into schools, The Traveling Guitar Foundation with support from Schecter Guitars is announcing the upcoming dates of additional visits in the Northeast. A School without Music? It's hard to imagine a...Read more

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FDRMX, February 17th

That is a question that has been asked since ages, but it is particularly applicable in the context of guitar strings. Bands have slowly been transitioning from 6 string guitars to 7/8 string guitars over the past few years. And when Schecter and...Read more

Schecter PT Fastback II B Review
Premier 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 Research Unveils the Chris Poland Solo-6 FR Poltergeist
Premier Guitar, January 8th

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 Guitar Customized With Batman Comics, 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