SCHECTER---Reviews and advice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MikeyFingers, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I LOVE Schecter basses. I've been playing a Deluxe Stiletto 4-string for the last 3 years and I love it. Yesterday I had the pleasure of playing a bunch of others at the local GC. I'm blown away with the new Exotic. They also had a few Elites, a Custom, a Studio something(don't remember the exact model). I plan to make my next bass one of these, so I'm just looking for a little more info.

    First of all, they all sound and feel amazing. And the colors/wood finishes are incredible. The only thing I really need to know is...
    1: What (if any) are the drawbacks to having a thru-neck bass? So far, I've only owned bolt-ons so I don't know what to expect from a thru. More maintenance? Less maintenance? Steady action? etc etc..
    2: What (if any) is the difference in electronics? I'm pretty sure every one I played yesterday had EMG's in it, and they all sound *similar*, but each with a slightly different and unique sound range. So are there any major differences between these, or is it just a matter of opinion on what sounds best?
    3: Discuss all Schecter stuff here. Post pics of your own, recordings, whatever. I've seen a couple of Schecter threads around here, and being such an outstanding bass, I think they deserve and "official" thread of their own.
  2. i was actually looking into getting a c4, i like the way the play, love the neck sound, and for only 500 bucks, seems good. but i dont know i've heard bad about schecter so i wasnt going to get it.
  3. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I've owned one for the last few years and I love it. It feels great, it sounds great, it's required no maintenance at all except for strings, it looks good (it's a mid-level bass, below the elite or custom series). The only complaint I have is the pickups. It sounds good when playing alone, but when I play with a band I get buried in the sound. My bass has way too much low-end, so it's almost inaudible compared to the rest of the band. But that's not even a problem with the nicer models, they all have EMG's and sound spectacular. Honestly, I'd say go for it. I don't have anything bad to say about them.
  4. :eek: That's impossible... It's a bass, you can never have too much low-end!

    lol :p

    My experiences... I play alot sitting down, so I tested out a beautiful Silletto, a custom I believe (Had the beautiful wood grain satin finish, felt impeccable) I found the build quality superb, and the tone was, well to me, they all sound the same (Schecter) so nothing new to me, but the one thing that stood out, was amazingly annoying neck-dive. I imagine she balances well on a strap, I didn't feel the need to try it out on one (seeing as I play sitting down moreso than standing) so I just kept on ripping on it sitting. I did like the bass, but not for the price. IME, the neck-dive killed it for me. However, it excelled in every other department, and made me feel like I was playing an Ibanez SR100X, which reminds me of a Corvette, so I was happy... Not as entertained as I was with a Hondo accoustic/electric the same store had, but I was happy, lol.

  5. RBASS930

    RBASS930 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
    Never had any complaints with my C-4, and it has been slowly creeping in to my main bass slot. I think it is a fantastic bass for this price range.


  6. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Hahahaha. I have to disagree! Playing my bass with a full band, I might as well not play at all. It's completely inaudible. When I play the nicer Schecters, completely different sound. It's all in the pickups, and mine has some shi**y ones I guess. They're active, but still sound terrible. I've pretty much decided to sell my bass and combine that money with a little extra for a new Elite or Custom.

    And for the rest of your post, about the neck-dive, I never get that with mine. My bass is pretty much perfectly balanced, sitting or standing. You sure you were playing a Stiletto?
  7. Well, don't go selling the cow for bad milk, before you try chaging it's feed out. ( :confused: :p ) You might just want to try a different set of pickups. Active isn't always better when it comes to playing in a band.

    The model I was playing was definately a Schecter Stiletto Custom 4 string, this one right here, in natural finish. When I sat down, I let it balance on my lap, and it almost fell off my lap, heading head-first to the floor, and fast! Thankfully, my cat-like reflexes kicked in, and I saved it not a moment too soon. I loved the tone of the bass, look and feel too. Absolutley amazing. My guess was that the bass was just too light, as these basses are incredibly light. Again, nothing against the Stiletto line, love it, just not for me I guess. I'm just a Fender/Spector/Ibanez guy I guess.

  8. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    ^Aaahhaaaa!! I've played that exact same bass many times in the stores. I love that finish!
    I never noticed the balance issue, but I never tried it the way you did either (letting it stand by itself on my lap). I never have any trouble with my Stiletto, but maybe it's just not bad enough to notice? I don't know, just trust me though, it's awesome when standing up:)
  9. Fong249


    May 25, 2005
    Washington, DC
    I'm going to toot my own horn for a sec. A friend of mine, under my influence invested in the Schecter Stilleto Exotic. Zebrawood Top. The EQ, in my humblest of opinions, can really shift the tone to anything you want, minus the traditional p sound. With an active passive switch you can go from active to that real nice thuddy warm passive sound. Plus, i find with the duncan designed pickups, the tone is far superior to a fender J for the same price (deluxe, or cij). The Shcect is also more slap-happy, you can have so much fun thumbing that neck. Furthermore, it works for any type of music you could ever want to play.

    Just my $.02
  10. musictones777

    musictones777 Guest

    Apr 11, 2004
    Marietta, GA
    I just picked up my Schecter last week, diamond studio 5, so I'm still working with it, experimenting. But what I can tell you is that it feels alot like my warwick 5. The biggest difference is the range in the EQ, I love it. Got a variety of tones to work with, and the action is just what I'm used to.

    I'm liking it more and more.
  11. MikeyFingers

    MikeyFingers Guest

    Aug 1, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Really? I can't imagine a Schecter feeling like a Warwick. In my experience, Warwicks have a slow, fat feeling neck. Schecters have a thinner, faster feel to them. But you're right the range, Schecters can sound like anything.
  12. smokecell4u

    smokecell4u Guest

    Jun 1, 2005
    Newark, Delaware
    I posted this yeasterday in an old thread, but since this "Dedicated Schecter Thread" popped up, I figured I would paste it in here as well.

    :bassist: I just bought a Stiletto Exotic (zebrawood) at GC in Towson, Md last night.
    I was trading in my MM SR4 to get something with a wider tone range and 24 frets. I LOVED my 'ray, but it was slightly too limiting to be my main bass anymore. I went in there looking for a Warwick Corvette, Thumb, and a Tobias Growler to play and eventually purchase/trade for one. I found and played all 3, and then the sales guy handed me the Exotic. Bottom line is I was blown away. It SMOKED the Corvette. It sounded extremely dull in comparison. Next on the list were the Growler and Thumb. The Growlers neck felt better (go figure...its a Tobias for christ sake), the tone was just as versatile as the Exotic, but the Schecter had more bite to the high end. Close one. Next, the Thumb. The tone was just as good in quality, but it lacked the versatility of the Exotic. And even though the neck felt good, it was huge. Winner: Exotic. The thing that made me purchase this over the Growler was the contour switch on Stiletto. I call it my "Jekyll and Hyde" switch. In the down position it plays your on-board eq settings. in the up position it scoops some mids out for better slapping and warmth. Perfect for what I do.
    For all of you Warwick junkees, this bass has the exact same neck material as your bass, just a little smaller. And for all you growler fans, stick this in your arsenal for your soloing. The electronics are good enough to compete with any "high profile" bass, and the craftsmanship is on par with any boutique bass collector. BUY THIS BASS. At a list price of just under $1200, you can get a great number one bass, for the price of a backup. :bassist:
  13. smokecell4u

    smokecell4u Guest

    Jun 1, 2005
    Newark, Delaware
    :bassist: Has anybody figured out how to adjust the action from the bridge?? I broke out my usual tools and i had NOTHING that could raise or drop the string height. Its driving me nuts. Its a certain tool that almost screws into the bridge from it looks like. Never had a bass like that before. Any suggestions?? :bassist:
  14. FeelTheGroove

    FeelTheGroove Guest

    Dec 2, 2005
    I was really close to buying a Schecter recently. They look great with some really nice finishes...and the ones that I checked out in the shop all had good setups and played really smooth. However those EMG HZ's turned me away, they seemed to lack 'warmth'. Its a shame cause the C-4 in black cherry looks sexy as heck with those 'V' inlays.
  15. L-1329


    Aug 8, 2004

    My black cherry Stiletto Elite 5 now has a set of Bart classic bass pups and a Bart 3 band preamp in it. The tone of the Schecter is now finally able to get past the crap pups and pre it came with, and damn what a sweet voice it has! For what I have invested in this bass, there isn't a stock one out there that is sweeter. Great playability and feel, and an amazing and flexible tone. What else could you want? :cool:
  16. I had a sweet honey burst stilleto elite 5 string from 2000-2003. It was a nice bass, but I never really became proficient at the 5 string thing. The B string was pretty nice though. I had a difficult time getting the action low enough. It would buzz if set too low. I suspected less-than-perfect fret work. The frets certainly weren't as dressed and flawless as the new USA Peavey Millenium I got. But, I really enjoyed the tone and had alot of fun with it. I would certainly recommend them. Especially to those that like to tweak their basses (changing pups, dressing the frets yourself, etc).
  17. klamaz

    klamaz Guest

    Aug 8, 2004
    I am also a Schecter owner, playing the Stilletto Studio 5. It sounds very good with the active preamp, 3 band EQ, and EMG-HZ pickups. Solid build quality as well. I would say it's suceptible to denting, but it was bashed against a curb in a soft case, so I think that one's my fault. Anyway, my only real complaint is that the B sting isn't amazing. Not awful, but it is somewhat floppy and not quite as defined as the other strings. Other than that, it looks, plays and sounds very good for the price I paid.
  18. redwood


    Oct 3, 2002
    Buffalo, NY
    I have the Stiletto Studio 5 as well.
    I have to say right now that I'm shying away from playing it. I think moreso because I'm getting into a little more aggressive sound these days.
    The EMG HZ's are.........OK. But maybe a little too much on the high end. I usually have the treble all the way off.
    My only real complaint (besides it's tone not suiting MY needs at the moment) is the the finish is already worn away from my thumb placement. After a while the satin starts to get a little glossy.
    All in all a very nice bass for a $600 investment.
  19. My pal Marty O'Brien endorses them. You can ask him any questions on his own "Ask A Pro" board right here on TB:


  20. Supernova67

    Supernova67 Guest

    Jun 21, 2005
    i just put a down payment on a brand spankin new Shecter Studio 4 today.......It's gunna end up being $550 total and have a 2 year warranty and all that fun stuff. i should have it by the end of the week! :bassist: