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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Traveling Guitar Foundation sets groundwork for success, April 18th

With support from sponsors such as Schecter Guitars and Merida Guitars, the program supplies schools with free guitars, equipment and a curriculum that does not require musical training for any teacher. Along with other musicians, all volunteers, Marks...Read more

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Modern Times Magazine, April 16th

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey has launched the company's first “Battle of the Bands” Competition, providing unsigned bands a chance to win a year-long booking agency and record deals along with prizes from Schecter Guitars, KRANK Amplifiers, ...Read more

20 best high-end electric guitars in the world today, April 1st

PRS' US-made S2 guitars consistently impress. While Schecter, with its USA Production Series, ESP with it's Japanese-made E-II range and smaller, reputable UK-based luthiers like Manson and Sabre are all challenging the status quo - making some ...Read more

Expensive guitars stolen from NW Austin church
KVUE, March 27th

According to Gene Chappell, the Hillcrest Baptist Church's minister of music and administration, said surveillance video captured a woman coming into the sanctuary and taking a $3,500 Schecter guitar around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Chappell said ...Read more

In praise of: Schecter PT, March 26th

Although never an official signature model, Schecter's PT design owes much of its popularity to The Who's windmilling riff mogul Pete Townshend. Back in 1979, Pete was looking to replace his weighty Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, when his guitar tech, Alan ...Read more

Schecter Guitar Research Unveils the Chris Poland Solo-6 FR Poltergeist
Premier 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 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 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