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Schecter Guitar Research Hellraiser Tempest (2007 Model) Electric Guitar

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The Schecter Hellraiser Tempest electric guitar features a mahogany body for lots of rich, resonant tone. EMG Active 81/85 humbuckers deliver fantast...Click To Read More About This Product

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Scorching tone with plenty of style! Scorching tone with plenty of style!

The Schecter Hellraiser Tempest electric guitar features a mahogany body for lots of rich, resonant tone. EMG Active 81/85 humbuckers deliver fantastic punch they'll hear in the underworld, while the 3-piece mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard allow your fingers to dance with ease. TonePros bridge and Grover tuners add up to tuning stability that won't let you down. Multi-ply binding and gothic cross inlays enhance the stylish look.

  • CONSTRUCTION/SCALE: Set-Neck / 24.75"
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK/FINGERBOARD: 3 pc. Mahogany/Rosewood
  • FRETS: 22 X-Jumbo
  • INLAYS: Gothic Cross
  • PICKUPS: EMG Active 81/85 (neck)
  • ELECTRONICS: 2 Vol / 2 Tone / 3-Way
  • BRIDGE: TonePros TOM w/thru-body
  • BINDING: Black Pearl
  • TUNERS: Grover
  • HARDWARE: Black

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By V guy

from Salem, Or

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They acctually have the pickup configuratioin for this guitar on the Display wrong, it's an 81/60A 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck,same pickup configuration James Hetfeild of Metallica plays.The 60 sounds more preistine than an 85 clean but it still distorts really heavey.This is an honest to god mohogany guitar no filler woods. solid like a rock. As far as bang for your buck goes this is a stellar deal. I'm the rhythem guitarist for a metal band as well as a screamo band. I'm planning on getting on of these as soon as I manage to aquier a job. The Tempest is a classy guitar I'm getting mine in the Black Cherry with Abalone binding, I'm certain that the photos on this site do not do this guitar justice.


Hellraiser Tempest = One Awesome Guitar

By Nate-EeZMK

from :-( Fairbanks Alaska :-(

I am the proud owner of a Schecter Hellraiser Tempest. I am more of a rhythm guitar player than I am a lead. This guitar is better suited for a rhythm player becasue of its thick and warm tone. The neck is rather thick and could make it difficult to play fast or "shred". It has a mahogany body with a mahogany neck wich puts it in the heavy catagory of guitars. It features EMG active pickups 81 and 60A. (yes it's really a 60a) The EMG 60A is an awesome pickup with clean and clear tone you wouldn't expect for being active. The tone from this guitar is just absolutely amazing. The hellraiser tempest is best described as, "the best rhythm metal guitar ever made." The grover tuners keep it in tune really well. The sustain is unbelieveable and the feel on the fret board is so smooth. Aside from playing metal I also use this to play praise and worship music at the church I attend. I know it looks like a total metal guitar but the clean tone I get from it is stunning. It's very comfortable to play. -Things you may want to consider before looking into this guitar:-it is very heavy, the neck is extremely thick, and the tone is so overwhelmingly awesome it may cause your ears to bleed. Those are my only concerns about this guitar.


Pretty Good

By SconeMan

from NY

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While this guitar isn't fantastic for the price, its good for pretty much everything else.Initially i probably wouldn't buy this guitar because it doesn't have a FR, however the active pickups could probably make up for that.Just like alot of schecters, this one uses emgs, however since they are active, they add a bit more "gainy" sound and are fantastic for playing dropped tunings.The big thing i don't like about this guitar is the neck, it has a high-gloss finish on it, and while i can deal with just demoing it at a store, i'm not sure thats what i would want if i was going to buy a guitar. Also it doesnt have a frEverything else about the guitar is great, it has the classic look of the Schecter tempest, with better pickups


Awesome guitar

By myspacedotcomslashinthisskinband

from Charleston, SC

I almost bought this guitar a few weeks ago, but just didn't have the money. The action on this is fast, and the neck feels perfect. The unique design is a definite plus, with the colors making it my dream guitar. I would go back and buy this one in a heartbeat.


Amazing and sexy

By Fathomless Embrace-PNea5

from Las Vegas, Okaloosa county

Hands down the sexiest guitar ever. Running this through a line 6 spider 3 amp she screams. The finish is beautiful from head to toe. She's a bit expensive but worth every dime.



By Snowman-euapG

from Coleman, Michigan

When I went to the store I did not initially intend to buy this guitar. I had my eyes set on a Damien-FR, but when I got there I saw this guitar and decided to play it. The stock strings sucked, but those didn't matter. I could replace those. The guitar itself was not too heavy, felt great to play, and sounded good in the amp. I recommend this guitar too anyone. Schecter is an awesome brand.


the schecter tempest hellraiser

By Evan-r6cCf

from Syracuse, New york

this guitar is phenominal, it looks and sounds beautiful. the active pickups really bring out a great tone on this beast. i plugged it into a line 6 spider 3 amp i got such a beautiful sound. i reccomend this guitar to any style guitarist.


Awesome value for top notch guitar

By Duece

from pennsylvania

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After reffering my cousin to schecter guitars he decided on this one. He brought it down to my house and I put it through the paces. The neck is smooth and fast. The EMG's sound good if your into the heavy sound. I'm not a huge EMG fan but I figure how can so many people be wrong. And for what they are trying to do (heavy) they do it well. Very solid build. Seems to be right on par with my C1 classic. I see absolutly no difference (quality wise). Only a different appearance and pick ups. Can't beat the price and build. I see no reason to buy any other guitar. If schecter advertised better I bet gibson and ibanez sales would drop and schecter sales would rise. Like the C1 classic the picture do it ABSOLUTLY no justice what-so-ever. If I ever come across a serious amount of money I'm going to buy 2 of every schecter guitar. One to play and one to hang on the wall as a decoration peice.


Worth the buy, for all guitarists.

By TempestPlayer034

from Anderson, South Carolina

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This is probaly one of the best guitars that I have played right next to the Gretsch White Falcon or a Gibson SG. I would not reccommend using a non-tube amp with this guitar. I use a Line 6 Spider 3 and it does what I ask it too, but with it being a non-tube amp, it doesnt give me the exact tone I want. I love the pickups, mainly because they give me that "Hardcore Metal" sound that I desired when I bought it.


True Metal Guitar Company

By Bitter Dawn

from Washington

A very solid and great guitar. I went from a 1993 Ibanez EX1700 to an '06 model of this Schecter and I've noticed alot of differance in my playing and I enjoy playiing guitar more now. I've played around with alot of other guitars, most Ibanez's and a few Gibson's (no Jackson's yet) and Schecter feels like one of the best guitars. I actually like this alot more than any of the Gibsons I've played on. The through body neck feels very sturdy and keeps great tone, it's a very attractive guitar and it's probably the easiest guitar I've ever played on and I didn't even bother to try it out before I played - probably because I played on my wife's Damien FR previously. I play on a Line 6 Spider II with a BOSS MT-2 Metal Zone pedal and everything sounds superb, although that particular pedal does give off some high feedback when the guitar is sitting idle but otherwise the guitar itself is superb!

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