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 desirab...
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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Rolling Stones 'living history' unfolds at Rock Hall - USA TodayUSA TODAY, May 21st
The original, plagued by technical problems in the 1978 U.S. tour, was fitted with a replacement rosewood body and new hardware by Schecter Guitars. Watts' Western Costume Design mariachi shirt, worn occasionally on stage in the '70s. ("I couldn't play...Read more
Track By Track: Sparrow And The Workshop - MurderopolisThis Is Fake DIY, May 20th
I play my solo parts on a Schecter Hellcat - one of the guitars Robert Smith used (it's a baritone guitar). It has such a great moody sound and Paul Savage introduced me to it when I was saying how much I loved Faith. Gregor also does that sort of...Read more
Gillett man charged with simple assaultTowanda Daily Review, May 18th
According to an affidavit, Jamie Dewolf, no age given, told Canton police that his residence at 11 Lycoming St., Apt. 2, had been burglarized, and a Schecter red guitar, an Ibanez white guitar, and his Alienware laptop were taken. Desrochers is accused...Read more
Lauren surfaces with flowers; Millville Chamber awards; BEN Column, May 16 ...NJ.com, May 16th
They are an authorized Taylor guitar service center offering everything from instrument maintenance to complete restoration, and are also a proud dealer of Takamine, Charvel, Alvarez, & Schecter guitars. The recording studio has recorded and assisted...Read more
Traveling Guitar Foundation Founder Damon Marks to Embark on USO Tour to ...PR Web (press release), May 14th
In homage to our men and women in uniform, Marks will formally announce his donation of countless Schecter electric acoustic guitars, EMG pickups and Mogami cables, along with accompanying study guides, to several Department of Defense Dependents...Read more
Schecter issues counterfeit warningMusicRadar.com, April 29th
Schecter has issued a counterfeit warning to players looking to purchase their guitars in the wake of copies appearing on auction sites and shipping to the UK. The Synyster Gates signature model has been among guitars that are being sold as genuine...Read more
Video: NIKKI SIXX Talks To GUITAR CENTER TV About His New Schecter ...BLABBERMOUTH.NET, April 25th
Guitar Center TV recently spoke to MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx about the new Schecter Sixx Signature Series Bass from Schecter Guitar Research. Check out the chat below. Sixx introduced the Schecter Sixx with an exclusive signing at the...Read more
Neo-Classical Guitarist Matt Mills on a New Acoustic JourneyGuitar International, April 22nd
Schecter Guitar Research would discover him and he'd travel around the country giving guitar clinics to guitar enthusiasts, and he'd push out a few albums of his own, as well as two recent singles, “Flamenco Fusion Fire” and “Dream Space”. Several...Read more