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Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass Satin Natural

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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.

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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
 
4.7

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Schecter is ALWAYS a great value!

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...Read complete review

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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Gorgeous and totally unreliable

First the good news: It really is prettier in person than the pictures. Wow! Be careful, though, that satin finish is very delicate! Also, it's super light, so for those of...Read complete review

First the good news: It really is prettier in person than the pictures. Wow! Be careful, though, that satin finish is very delicate! Also, it's super light, so for those of you with bad backs and/or three hour shows, it won't leave you dead. Above average tuners, above average pickups (for the price), cheap but functional adjustable bridge. Which leads me to the bad news: It has a great feeling thin neck, which isn't made with a strong enough wood to keep itself straight. I have to adjust the truss rod every 2 to 3 months and the tuning every 2 to 3 minutes. And the REALLY bad news is the electronics. The battery contact broke, ok, no big deal. Then the active tone pot totally gave out, but only occasionally, leading to a head full of gray hairs on the sound guy. To add frustration, the back cover is nearly impossible to remove without scratching the VERY delicate finish, which is a problem with a bass which needs the electronics exposed every other day. I won't own another one.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bass for the price

By RYANULCH

from Utah

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Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

I love this bass to death. its got really good tone and even better action. its the perfect 5 string. ever time i open my case at gigs i get comments. its such a sweet bass. my one and only complaint is that the clear-coat sucks. it scratches very easy. and the bottom of my bass is all sorts of scratched up.

(3 of 3 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice bass for detuning

By Vid Sanchezz

from Dalton Gardens, ID

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.

    (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!

    (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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic bass!!!!!

    By jacob lueck

    from Medford WI

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    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWEOME!!!!

    By chris-bx9eD

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

    This bass guitar is the best one I have ever played! Right out of the box it sounded great. The strings are so easy on the fingers. The battery was almost dead so i had to get one other than that its a great deal!

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nth bass, 1st 5 sting...

    By Tuk

    from Kentucky (for now)

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

    I have been looking for a 5 string and reviewing for many moons.I have played my Kramer 450b for over 20 years as my main axe. But have had Other Kramers, Fenders, Peavey's, etc. over the years.1st and foremost, I was looking for neck feel, while I liked the Line-6 5 string the best of what I tried and budget range (< $1,000), this was my second choice. Plus, the Line-6 internal synth kinda scared me and its redundant to my GT-10B.2nd, fret spacing - it just feels natural. 3rd Battery seems to lasts longer than the Ibanez(I Mean tiny Junk) I had. 4th When I finally hooked it up, that was all I needed, great low end grows, nice rips up to the 24th fret. Walks, were natural all the way down and back up. My first recommendation - This is just me.Replace the stock strings with Exilir Nano Lights.With the tighter strings I was able to lower the action on the B & E strings and still thump and pluck without buzz. Negative:Removing screws to replace battery. Not a big deal but a note for design improvement.Side notes:I was really hoping to find a Peavey but the Grind & Mellinium just did not compare...While the Schecter 6 & 8 strings do not feel natural to me this 5 string does.The Schecter Stiletto Custom-5 really complements my playing style and hardware very well (Boss GT-10B & Peavey TKO-65)Styles:Real Country Bass, Contemporary County Bass, Christian, Jazz Bass, & Southern Rock!Enjoy, it - keep extra batteries!

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Couldn't ask for a better bass!!!

    By Todd-DH1k9

    from Florence, AL

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

    This bass is unbelievably versatile. I've played rock, blues, blugrass, country, whatever. The two guys who say it sucks, Richard0 and Bassman, I think have forgotten that this bass has ACTIVE PICK-UPS, which are amazing, and the 9V needs to be changed occasionally. Anything that requires batteries will not perform to par w/ dead batteries... It's beautiful, powerful, almost as smooth as Amanda ;) and I'd recommend it to ANYONE! This was my first bass, and I can't imagine needing a different one.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass For Any style music

    By Jake

    from Fort Lauderdale

    About Me Experienced

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    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.

    (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.

      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not for me

      By viper

      from lewiston mn

      About Me Experienced

      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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Falling in love all over again!!! :D

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I bought this bass 3 summers ago, and I'll be honest, we've had a rocky relationship. After owning her for about 3 months I changed my tuning from BEADG to EADGC because I was tired of the B getting in the way when I wasn't used to it and I also wanted to try playing more melodic guitar oriented parts; for a while I regretted even getting a 5 string. Now playing with a four string is just so awkward, that high C had become a main staple of my playing style! Such a great bass, great action, great tone, great neck (love that satin!), fantastic balance, just love all around. I only gave it a 4.5 on features because the potentiometers are very close to the bridge, making it difficult to play the 5th string close, especially when I want to play palm-muted power chords haha. Buy this!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I just purchases this Bass locally and absolutely love it!!! Worth the money. Sound is awesome. Incredible Tone.

       
      2.0

      Gorgeous and totally unreliable

      By Dusty Buffalo

      from New Mexico

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Lightweight
      • Really Pretty

      Cons

      • Bad electronics
      • Constant Adjustment Req
      • Delicate finish
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      First the good news: It really is prettier in person than the pictures. Wow! Be careful, though, that satin finish is very delicate! Also, it's super light, so for those of you with bad backs and/or three hour shows, it won't leave you dead. Above average tuners, above average pickups (for the price), cheap but functional adjustable bridge. Which leads me to the bad news: It has a great feeling thin neck, which isn't made with a strong enough wood to keep itself straight. I have to adjust the truss rod every 2 to 3 months and the tuning every 2 to 3 minutes. And the REALLY bad news is the electronics. The battery contact broke, ok, no big deal. Then the active tone pot totally gave out, but only occasionally, leading to a head full of gray hairs on the sound guy. To add frustration, the back cover is nearly impossible to remove without scratching the VERY delicate finish, which is a problem with a bass which needs the electronics exposed every other day. I won't own another one.

       
      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.

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By CoCo-exlRU

      from Arizona

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      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I tried out this bass in a 4 string model and I was amazed. It was very easy to play, and SOUNDED great. It's tone was very clear, similar to a MusicMan StingRay. It's quality was up there with Warwick. I waould buy it if I had money. Go check it out.

       
      5.0

      Very nice, and affordable too

      By AMas21417

      from West Grove, PA

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I got this bass for christmas last year. It is way nicer than my p-bass I had before it. It was a little different with the low b string, and the strings were a little closer together. But it only took me a little while to get used to. I am so glad I got this, it allows me to play so many more songs. I usually play rock and classic rock, but having the 5th string allowed me to play those, but also some metal. I recommend you get this bass if you have the chance.

       
      5.0

      Smooooth bass

      By WilliamsJC12

      from Salem, Ohio

      Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Stiletto Custom-5 Bass:

      I own this bass and it has never failed me. This bass can be used for anything, loud rock or soft mellow jazz. I use it on a Ampeg bass half stack with a ampeg head. every note sounds great. Slides are easy and crisp. Electronics are always working properly. Stock strings are great. Neck is straight and smooth... nothing bad to say about it except that the frets tore up my fingers because I bought it brand new but any bass will do that til you wear them down a little.I would recommend this bass to everyone regardless of skill level. Such a great bass for a mid range price.

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