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Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass Natural Satin 

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  • Mahogany body with figured maple top
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  • Rosewood fretboard
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Striking looks and high-power sound.

Punchy, modern tone jumps out from EMG HZ pickups, a massive S-TEK bridge, and active 12dB EQ. Maple/walnut laminate neck with rosewood fretboard is joined to the mahogany body with six bolts for rock-solid stability. Figured maple top, diamond fretboard inlays, and black hardware add flash. 35" scale increases low B clarity.

Case sold separately.

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
  • 35" scale neck
  • Case sold separately

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Schecter Guitar ResearchStiletto Custom-5 Bass
 
4.8

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid Bass

    I've been playing for about 6 years, and this was the first bass I bought. I had some money saved up and I wanted to get a mid-priced instrument that was good quality but...Read complete review

    I've been playing for about 6 years, and this was the first bass I bought. I had some money saved up and I wanted to get a mid-priced instrument that was good quality but didn't totally break the bank, and I've been 100% satisfied with my purchase. What I like most about the bass is the versatility of it - you can get a great modern jazz tone, an edgy rock sound and a warm, round, mid-rangey alt rock sound just by messing a bit with the treble/bass cut/boost and pickup selector. As I stated before the action and intonation are easy to adjust. As a hobbyist I mainly play along with my own favorite recordings, but I have performed live with this in the past and I've received compliments on the looks of it (who listens to bass players anyway? Haha kidding). Looking forward I'll probably end up getting a four stringer to add to the arsenal (current sights are set on a Rick...just a tad out of my price range) but I don't see myself ever selling this baby. Great 5 string for the price, sounds great, looks great, completely satisfied. Go play it if you're thinking of getting one and you won't be disappointed.

    Just informational: I play with DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (.45-.125) through an Ampeg BA210 amp, no effects.
    Not many bells and whistles...one volume knob, treble cut/boost, bass cut/boost, and a knob that switches from the neck to bridge pickup. This knob basically functions as a 3-way selector switch, there's not much blending you can do, but I honestly haven't needed it. I play with the knob set in the middle or all the way on the neck pickup. The pickups aren't the best I've heard but they definitely get the job done, they're very versatile, able to provide pretty much any kind of tone you're looking for. Intonation and action are very easy to adjust. 24 frets are nice but I rarely get up into that area of the stratosphere (string intonation isn't the best). It's a really nice looking instrument as well.
    Quality is good, but not great. I've had this instrument for about 5 years and it has its fair share of damage from basic use (pick scratches, dings along the outside, belt scratches, etc). The paint on the gold tuning pegs has begun to scratch of a little. All in all, these issues are only there if you're looking for them, don't effect how it sounds at all, so they're easily forgotten about.
    what you get for the price is great in my opinion. Sure there are better instruments out there, but the bang for your buck is great with this one.

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    Sucks

    This bass falls apart all the time on me. I have had two already and every time the sound doesn't go through to the amp. It is NOT the patch cord because I tried...Read complete review

    This bass falls apart all the time on me. I have had two already and every time the sound doesn't go through to the amp. It is NOT the patch cord because I tried multiple ones and it still didn't work. I do NOT recommend this bass to anyone who wants a good durable, dependable bass.

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    4.0

    Nice bass

    By byetry

    from Richmond VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • 9v Battery Location
    • Finish

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

    This is a great bass, it has really good tone and the low end is powerful because of the extra length in the neck. Definitely a good value for the price. I have owned this bass for 5 months and wanted to use it before leaving a review as I am in a local band and play out several times per month. There are only 2 drawbacks, the location of the 9 volt battery is cumbersome, as you have to take the back plate off covering the electronics to get to it. I have had other basses of less value that come with a custom compartment for this. Also, I ordered the Red satin finish which after time becomes shiny, particularly in the high wear areas where my right thumb rests by the pickup, where my right arm rests on the body and all the way around the volume knob. Still a really good buy though.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass For Any style music

    By musicman123

    from ft.lauderdale, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

    This Bass Is Amazing! I've had it for over a year now and it has never proven bad. The electronics are solid, has a great tone, and is just an all around awesome instrument to play. Out of the box the setup was perfect, no need to get setup at all Only one complaint, battery life and battery placement. The battery life is not very long at all. adding a switch is the best option for me. Now I NEVER Change the batteries at all. The battery is located under the back electronics cover. It gets very annoying to change the battery. Overall, Amazing would recommend to anyone.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Bass Ive Played Yet.

    By Pumkinking39

    from Temple, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Amazing Feel
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Wide Range Of Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      Ive had this bass for about a year now and i can honestly say that it is one of the best i have personally picked up. In my visits to guitar center ive always made sure to try out as much as i can, and this bass tops them all. ive played MM Stingrays, MIA jazzes, and countless others and i would still pick this bass over them. the active EMGHZ pickups with a 3 band eq give it quite the amazing tonal range and ive done anything from slapping or jazz to death metal and punk on this bass. even with a pick it sounds amazing. compared to other 5ers ive picked up, i love the neck on this one. its wider i would say than most and the strings are spaced really nicely. Ive absolutely fallen in love with this bass. the absolute only thing i would change about it, is the neck joint, i would have it be neck through instead but thats what the stiletto studio is for hahaha. all in all this is an amazing bass for the price and i would definitely recomend it to any skill level of bassist.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Schecter is ALWAYS a great value!

      By cableguy

      from Tucson, az

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Awesome Monorail Bridge
      • Easy to play
      • Ernie Ball Strings
      • Fast Comfortable Neck
      • Good Aggressive Tone
      • Light Weight

      Cons

      • A Bit Neck Heavy
      • Non Name Brand Tuners
      • Not A String Thru Body
      • Vampyre Red Is Kinda Dull

      Best Uses

      • Metal
      • Pro Gigs
      • Worship

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I now have 2 Schecter basses, and I feel that you simply get more for your money with this company. My other bass is the most basic model (Raiden deluxe 4) and I am still very happy with it too.

      The Stiletto custom is definitely better quality, though. It just has an overall better feel. The neck is faster for some reason. The pickups are far better and they are aggressive. But that can be toned down using the onboard controls.

      I will very likely use this bass for worship, so don't be thinking that Schecter is only for metal!! I barely even play metal. It is very versatile.

      I hear that Bartolini pickups work out very well in this bass, I may install them at some point in the future. But for now, I am still experimenting with the EMGhz. The cool things is, you can order this bass in Vampyre red for 20% off and that almost covers the cost of new pickups! I'd rather get a Schecter and replace the pickups than pay hundreds more for a different brand that only has the budget bartolini's anyway.

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      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not for me

      By viper

      from lewiston mn

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

            I ordered this bass and got it quickly, Was not impressed. I took it to a show played one song and my soundman came up to me saying there was a loud clicking through the pa. Felt good to play just the noises. Tried raising the action but that didn't help so I sent it back and ordered the Hellraiser! When i get that i will for sure write a review. Thanks to Musicians Friend for the excellent customor service working through this matter!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Investment

            By BWenterprize

            from Rowan, IA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

            I have been playing bass for nearly 15 years now. I have tested out several different names and styles and finally found the one for me. The smooth feel and amazing tone give me an extra oomph I've ever had before. My band and I were almost done recording a full length album, and after getting this bass I went right back in and deleted all of my tracks, started over and was done with my parts in about 2 hours time, giving the overall quality of the recording an entirely new deep end sound we have never heard on our recordings before. The style and look of the guitar is a huge plus too, but overall the quality and performance of the instrument as a tool is what sold me.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice bass for detuning

            By David Swiecki

            from Idaho

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

              Needed another five string for detuned tunes. The custom 5 has a 35 inch scale which works well for this requirement. Detuned to Bb, reset the bridge and still had plenty of throw on the saddles. Couldn't pull this off on a 34 inch scale bass without relocating the bridge further back on the body.
              This is my second Custon 5 and both were set up to play right out of the box. I did tweak both of them a little to fit my tastes. Great sound from the EMGs, light weight body, balanced well and all around player's axe. I've played every bass imaginable in my career, and I've become a Schecter fan indeed. I currently own 9 basses and the 3 Schecters seem to be the only ones that make it to the gigs. I also own a C4 (original, discontinued). You won't go wrong with this axe.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GET THIS BASS!!!!

              By Community User

              from Louisville, KY

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

              I have had my share of basses in my day and I have to say that I really like this one! Great variety of tones, good string spacing, and it catches eyes. I was even able to play a gig with it the day I got it. Intonation was set up and the strings were fresh. All I had to do was raise the action a hair and it was good to go, out of the box. The tones that come out of this bass match my Genz Benz GBE 600 beautifully!



              If you are a player like me and play a variety of styles this is the bass for you!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid Bass

              By PJ Tarallo

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

              I've been playing for about 6 years, and this was the first bass I bought. I had some money saved up and I wanted to get a mid-priced instrument that was good quality but didn't totally break the bank, and I've been 100% satisfied with my purchase. What I like most about the bass is the versatility of it - you can get a great modern jazz tone, an edgy rock sound and a warm, round, mid-rangey alt rock sound just by messing a bit with the treble/bass cut/boost and pickup selector. As I stated before the action and intonation are easy to adjust. As a hobbyist I mainly play along with my own favorite recordings, but I have performed live with this in the past and I've received compliments on the looks of it (who listens to bass players anyway? Haha kidding). Looking forward I'll probably end up getting a four stringer to add to the arsenal (current sights are set on a Rick...just a tad out of my price range) but I don't see myself ever selling this baby. Great 5 string for the price, sounds great, looks great, completely satisfied. Go play it if you're thinking of getting one and you won't be disappointed.

              Just informational: I play with DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams (.45-.125) through an Ampeg BA210 amp, no effects.
              Not many bells and whistles...one volume knob, treble cut/boost, bass cut/boost, and a knob that switches from the neck to bridge pickup. This knob basically functions as a 3-way selector switch, there's not much blending you can do, but I honestly haven't needed it. I play with the knob set in the middle or all the way on the neck pickup. The pickups aren't the best I've heard but they definitely get the job done, they're very versatile, able to provide pretty much any kind of tone you're looking for. Intonation and action are very easy to adjust. 24 frets are nice but I rarely get up into that area of the stratosphere (string intonation isn't the best). It's a really nice looking instrument as well.
              Quality is good, but not great. I've had this instrument for about 5 years and it has its fair share of damage from basic use (pick scratches, dings along the outside, belt scratches, etc). The paint on the gold tuning pegs has begun to scratch of a little. All in all, these issues are only there if you're looking for them, don't effect how it sounds at all, so they're easily forgotten about.
              what you get for the price is great in my opinion. Sure there are better instruments out there, but the bang for your buck is great with this one.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic bass!!!!!

              By jacob lueck

              from Medford WI

              Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

              This bass is by far one of the greatest basses i have ever played!! The EMG pickups have such a wide range on your tone it's unbelievable! the only downside of this bass is you have to change the battery about every three to five months but thats not a big deal.

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