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Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass Satin Natural

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A very striking bass with high-power sound.

Upgraded hardware and appointments! Same basic design and construction as the Stiletto Deluxe, but with EMG HZ pickups, a massive S-TEK bridge, active electronics (12dB bass/treble cut/boost), diamond fretboard inlays, and black hardware.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body with figured maple top
  • Maple/walnut laminate neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Diamond fingerboard inlays
  • Six-bolt neck joint
  • EMG HZ pickups
  • 12dB active EQ
  • S-TEK bridge
  • Black hardware
  • 34" scale neck
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Schecter Guitar ResearchStiletto Custom-4 Bass
 
4.9

(based on 88 reviews)

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A good bass for anyone

This bass is everything anyone could want. You can dial in consistent tones for Jazz, Rock, Blues; anything you can imagine. You're only limited by your amp and skill. Good for novices...Read complete review

This bass is everything anyone could want. You can dial in consistent tones for Jazz, Rock, Blues; anything you can imagine. You're only limited by your amp and skill. Good for novices or pros, and priced for both of them.

I play progressive rock/metal, jazz, classical, fusion, etc and the bass lends itself well to all these things.

The hardware is solid: the tuners tight, the bridge stable, and the nut functions as prescribed. Some people have problems with the TEK bridge but I personally find it convenient. No cross-talk, easy stringing, reliable setup that DOESN'T BUDGE.

The pickup/preamp complements the bass and its resonance qualities. Passive EMG HZ pickups with the mahogany body work together constructively. The bass and treble controls work well with amps, not adding much to the gain of the signal but still affecting the tone strikingly.

The body and neck are well constructed and add a lot to the tone. Mahogany+maple+rosewood are the essential dream-team. Access up to the 24th fret is relatively easy. The satin finish allows more vibrations to transfer through the hardware and body.

The quality craftsmanship is fairly decent. The fret ends are smooth and all the edges are clean. The factory setup is alright but I like my action low for easy playability.

Overall, the bass is clean, simple, and contributes to any playing style well.

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Not a good bass for playing live or recording

This bass is weak. I first played it at the store and was impressed with its easy playability. But once I did some live practice sessions with my band I could not believe how...Read complete review

This bass is weak. I first played it at the store and was impressed with its easy playability. But once I did some live practice sessions with my band I could not believe how bad it sounded. This bass is weak in every sense. It is awful for recording dreadful for live play. DO yourself a favor save your money and buy a good bass. This bass is cheap for a reason. The money you spend on this save and put a musicman stingray or any modulus bass on layaway.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Inconsistant

By Ward

from Colorado

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Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

I am happy with my Schecter Stiletto Custom, but I would NOT recommend buying this bass online. This bass is very inconsistent when it comes to feel and soundit varies dramatically from one instrument to the next. I played at least a dozen at several different stores, and there were significant differences. At one store, I played two: one was light and had a smooth, even tone. The other was much heavier and had an overly bright tone that was much more like a guitar than a bass. Most Stiletto Customs have a very bright (sometimes thin) tone. This probably works for some playing styles, but its not for me. My bass is lightweight, is very fun to play and (with some adjustments) sounds nice. One change I made right away was the strings. I swapped the factory strings for DAddario Chromesthat was a huge improvement.
A 3 band EQ would be nice (since the mid range knob is the one I use the most on stage) but at this price, I really can't complain.
Impressive build quality for the price.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good bass for anyone

By ProgJazzMetalBassist

from Tejas

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Light
  • Solid Electronics
  • Solid hardware

Cons

  • Low Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    This bass is everything anyone could want. You can dial in consistent tones for Jazz, Rock, Blues; anything you can imagine. You're only limited by your amp and skill. Good for novices or pros, and priced for both of them.

    I play progressive rock/metal, jazz, classical, fusion, etc and the bass lends itself well to all these things.

    The hardware is solid: the tuners tight, the bridge stable, and the nut functions as prescribed. Some people have problems with the TEK bridge but I personally find it convenient. No cross-talk, easy stringing, reliable setup that DOESN'T BUDGE.

    The pickup/preamp complements the bass and its resonance qualities. Passive EMG HZ pickups with the mahogany body work together constructively. The bass and treble controls work well with amps, not adding much to the gain of the signal but still affecting the tone strikingly.

    The body and neck are well constructed and add a lot to the tone. Mahogany+maple+rosewood are the essential dream-team. Access up to the 24th fret is relatively easy. The satin finish allows more vibrations to transfer through the hardware and body.

    The quality craftsmanship is fairly decent. The fret ends are smooth and all the edges are clean. The factory setup is alright but I like my action low for easy playability.

    Overall, the bass is clean, simple, and contributes to any playing style well.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very Nice

    By Zachary Rempe

    from DSM IA

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    I received this bass a few weeks ago, wow, after a quick setup the bass plays fantastic. I was a little worried about the pickups, having heard they were dull and lifeless but the EMG 35HZs are great. They are crisp and responsive, but are also very middy this may be a problem for some people. I myself like the sound and if i want a smoother lower sound i'll roll the blend to about 75% neck, roll the treble knob down to about 25% and max out the bass knob. the neck is very comfortable and for me, fast. the one thing that Schecter needs to fix is the input jack. the jack is held tight with a nut externally. this nut is very hard to keep tight unless you loktite it or use a dab of clear finger nail polish. all in all a great bass for its price range. you will be hard pressed to find a better bass for the same price or less.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sweet Bass of mine

    By Shaggy-pPTFr

    from Lynn Haven, Fl

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    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    I got this Bass last year and love it the way the neck is made gives me the speed I need to play all my music and this Bass is supper light so is grate for long gigs or just playing at the house. The EMG pick ups give it a nice beefy tone grate for any type of music. This bass is set at a grate price and stacks up to the high end Basses well I have a Finder P bass and a Jonson and its still my go to bass. Buy this and love it as I do

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A Slappers Dream

    By Big Al-toXNH

    from Minneapolis, MN

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    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    I have played the bass for over 25 years and have always been a Fender Man...That is until now!!!If you are looking for a great sounding, easy to play and (affordable) bass...look no further.This is one of the best guitars I have ever played or owned. It is awesome for all types of styles (especially Slap). Take from someone who has been playing for a long time....you will love this bass!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Your next bass or you're nuts...

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    For 3 years, I have been playing with this crummy agathis body entry-level Ibanez GSR100. I knew it was time for a serious upgrade. After months of trying to find the right sound in higher end Ibanez basses, Fenders, Peaveys, ESP's and Epiphones, (even Warwicks, although I could never afford one) I often went home disappointed. I figured the only way to get just the right sound I wanted was with a lot of fine tuning. This was until I was introduced to the name Schecter. The moment I started playing this particular bass, I knew I had to have it. It had the deep, full sound I had been desperately looking for. The thin sleek neck felt like butter in my hands, the mahogany body light, yet solid. The stock D'Addario strings and EMG pickups were a nice addition to this already fine instrument. The sound this thing produces makes it seem like it's worth well over a thousand, and I was pleased to see that they had it only for this price. Although I think it's personally a bit much to spend on a second bass, I simply HAD to own this instrument. I got mine in Vamypre Red Satin, and the look of this bass is just so good, I haven't taken my eyes or my hands off of it since I received it. My quest for the perfect bass ended here. So should yours.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good bass with some workmanship issues

    By Raynman-_u_XO

    from Midwest City, OK

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    I bought this new bass about two months ago from my local GC. About two weeks later I started noticing some noise whenever I turned the high pot beyond the 9 o'clock position. I took off the back cover to clean the pot and to my surprise the soldering look like it ahd been done by a chimp on crack. Dull globs of solder with flux residue still on the connections. I resoldered the offending connections a sure enough my noise problem disappeared. With the exception of this problem I have been extremely pleased with this bass.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Price, but the Neck was Slow

    By LesPaulLover-KTQLi

    from Houston

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    I've been shopping for a new bass for a while and tried this one out extensively while in the store. I was trying a bunch of different basses, all through the same amp, so I was able to compare pretty well.For the price point, this is by far the best sounding bass of any that I tried. It had a nice, deep tone and showed quite a bit of versatility as I tried different musical styles. The setup is also really nice - the strings are good and low and it was easy to play, except......for the neck. Something about the finish made the back of the neck really hard to get around on. I noticed it when I first picked it up, but thought maybe it was my imagination or maybe it wouldn't matter, but it wasn't and it did. My hand just didn't slide well on this bass at all, and that slowed down my playing noticeably. I'm sure I could get used to it, but I'd rather find a bass that feels right to me right from the start.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    THE SUPERMAN OF BASSES!

    By candygoblin

    from warwick ri

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    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    This bass is GREAT! I do not own it but I went to a store and started playing it and once I started I couldn't stop! The mahogany body makes it extremely comfortable. If you play finger style, it sounds great. If you play pick, slap, or anything else, It's also great! It can have a wrm soft tone but also a great punchy slap. I mos' deff' reccommend this bass!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing bass

    By StoopidMonkee

    from Connecticut

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    This was my very first bass and I still love it. The only problem I had was with some loose wiring that a simple solder fixed. The tone is amazing, and it packs a punch. I play it through an Acoustic B-200 amp at home, and even on half of the max volume it'll rock the windows in my house. It's survived quite a bit of damage, too, having been dropped on a concrete floor (my bad), kicked, and the normal bumps and dings that go along with day-to-day use. Yet, it still sounds as good as the day I bought it. The action is beautiful, and needed very little adjustment, and the EMG pickups that came with it are quite a nice bonus.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Godly

    By Kevin-h8usZ

    from Dracut, MA

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    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

    This is an amazing bass, for the price and sound. I also own a Schecter elite-5 and i like my custom 4 better then my elite. Worth the money, and is a great bass/buy. Schecter is hte best around in my opinion.

     
    5.0

    value can't be beat

    By Steve the Yellow Dart

    from Tampa FL

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      Just like all of Schectors products, great value and performance. The neck is amazing and out of the box it is setup great! No fret buzz or issues. The bolt on neck joint is very smooth and functional. Just pleasure to play

       
      5.0

      BETTER GET IT

      By Mac-tznRk

      from CO

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      I demoed several basses from other companies... all more expensive. This bass has such great control of sound and the pick ups are amazing. (ALthough I just found out they run on a 9v battery) If you're looking for a new 4string, this is the ticket. Best bass i've ever laid my hands on. THe natural satin finish is beautiful.

       
      5.0

      A bass to beat the rest.

      By Troubled Child528

      from Glenview, IL

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      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      I bought this bass a couple of months ago, and I was pleased with what I got out of it. Great tone for fingering, picking, and slapping. I recommend this to any bass player looking for a bass that's fairly cheap but want to sound great.

       
      5.0

      Schecter = The future

      By Binrah

      from Fairfield, CT

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      I am a guitar player / new bass player. Took it up for my hard rock band, and I was looking at Fenders, Ibanezes, etc.. Sales guy comes over to me and says, "Dude, check this out." Introduces me to my new baby, the sweeeeeeetest Natural Finish Schecter Stiletto Custom 4 bass. The Ibanezes couldn't measure up, and the Fenders couldn't compare for lightness, comfort, sound, or accessability. (ALL 24 FRETS!)For the price, it's the best on the market. I love mine, and you will love yours too.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Schecter! :D

      By edison lo

      from pasadena, California

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      this schecter bass is effing amaazinggg! the neck is ultra nice..and the pickups are the best! :D these emgs cover everything from funk to metal! :) and also its the lightest bass. EVER. i swear..there is nothing lighter than this bass... GET IT. GET IT. yes. :) ps. all schecters are worth buying. cuz theyre all friggin amazing.

       
      5.0

      WOW

      By benjamin-URhXj

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      First off this bass is beautiful. Its amazingly lightweight also. the active pick ups slam anything.I can get punk rock punchy tones, metal lows, and my favorite just plain silky smooth and warm tones.All in all this bass is AMAZING!!!

       
      5.0

      Watch out Warwick!

      By Minister Z

      from Salinas, CA

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      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      I saw my Stiletto Custom sitting in a small local shop about eight months ago, and plugged it in on a whim. The sound was incredible, and the light, small body almost lets you forget the guitar is there. The active pickups generate a little too much bass for my taste, but the mids make up for it. This bass' mid range is wonderful, far better than my Warwick (which cost me literally 3.5 times as much). Not that I'm putting down Warwicks, as they have a number of features this bass doesn't. Of course, for this price, there exists no greater bass than the Stiletto.

       
      5.0

      My favorite bass

      By ChildofRock

      from NY

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      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      The Shecter Stileto custom 4 bass is my favorite out of every bass I've ever played. It's great for just about anything. I use it mostly for slapping and rock bass lines. It can have a great punchy sound and a low bass sound that can rattle your house. It's very easy to get around the neck very fast because it's thin. It has striking looks with tiger maple or red finish. I recommend this bass to almost any experianced musician especially slap bassists.

       
      5.0

      Gave away my jazz bass....

      By Chazdogg89

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-4 Bass:

      Bought it at a local store and WOW! I can't believe the quality for its price. The EMG humbuckers are amazing, and the overall sound kicks butt. While i was in the store, i played some Fenders and Music Man Stingrays, which all (obviously) cost a lot more than this bass. Personally, I preferred this bass anyway. Maybe that's just me, but I like the tone coming from this one a lot more than those stingrays. I play alot of slap and funk and this bass is perfect. I gave my old '87 fender jazz bass to my brother after playing this.

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