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 praise of: Schecter PTMusicRadar.com, 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
Video shows woman stealing guitar from Austin churchKXAN.com, March 17th
Chappell says the suspect went into the auditorium, turned on the complicated light system and walked around for a few minutes before grabbing his Schecter electric guitar. The guitar was given to Chappell as a gift and is valued around $3,000...Read more
Trash or Treasure: Cort GE27VPremier Guitar, March 12th
overseas house-brand manufacturers in the 1970s, when so much production shifted away from the U.S. They currently build guitars for numerous manufacturers and trademarks including Epiphone, Ibanez, G&L Tribute Series, Parkwood, and Schecter...Read more
LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Fight Friday 13th fear with fierce tunesPeninsula Daily, March 12th
On Saturday, Full Circle — a sextet made up of Robin Bessier, vocals; Mark Schecter, piano; Brian Douglas, guitar; Rex Rice, trombone; Dirk Anderson, bass; and Tom Svornich, drums — plays a mix of blues, jazz and dance tunes from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $5 ...Read more
Doing the double on a single with Chris HaskettGizmag, March 10th
The idea behind the one-off custom guitar wasn't just to try and make a custom version of the kind of wide-necked, nine single string shredders currently available from such makers as Ibanez and Schecter, but to create a very specific kind of hybrid...Read more
First Thursday: Art, music and moreThe Idaho Statesman, March 5th
Maybe.) Check out the silent auction, too, with cool items such as a Schecter Guitar, Yamaha Rock Tour Snare Drum, Idaho Steelheads Suite and more. It all starts at 7 p.m. Cover is a $5 to $20 donation. Looking for something more mellow? Step next door...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