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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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

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Daily Beast, April 11th

by Cliff Schecter .... Black-and-white photos of John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and Keith Richards hang above a piano; guitar amps line the walls. The bleached Los Angeles light is pouring through double-height windows that frame Pfister's Hockney-esque ...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

The Hit Men booked at Capitol Civic Centre on April 25
Herald Times Reporter, April 2nd

Such amazing musicianship and vocal talent,” said Scott Schecter, president of the Big 3 Entertainment Group of out St. Petersburg, Fla. “The guys ... Jimmy Ryan began his career in the '60s as lead guitarist, vocalist and one of the songwriters for...Read more

Artists and Entertainers Reimagine the Seder
Tablet Magazine, March 31st

Lou Reed had, for the past few years, performed the role of the Wise Son, and this year a guitar tribute will be performed in his memory. Since this is City Winery we're talking about, the wine is in abundance, often beyond the traditional four cups...Read more

Skullfest 2014 concert benefits Happiness House
Victor Post, March 28th

On Saturday night, Talty will fire up his 12-year-old Schecter seven-string electric guitar and, along with other local musicians, make some magic. He can't wait. "I have so much fun," he said about performing as Skull. "I'm the roadie, the manager...Read more

Former NEVERMORE Guitarist JEFF LOOMIS Discusses Redesigned JL-7 ...

Loomis redesigned his main Schecter signature signature-series JL-7 black seven-string electric guitar for 2014. It includes increased access and playability, lighter weight, thinner neck, Hipshot hardtail and new tones from the EMG 57/66 set...Read more

Benefit set for bus driver battling cancer
Newnan Times-Herald, March 20th

A $15 registration fee is asked to attend the concert, along with a $5 cover charge. Those making donations of $20 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a 2010 Schecter Diamond Series guitar. (Entrants do not have to be present to win.) For...Read more