Schecter Stiletto Dilema

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sharko, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    I've had a Schecter Stilleto Elite 4 since I started playing and I've found that I just don't play it much anymore. I love the feel of the bass and the finish and all, but tone wise I usually get better results from a pair of custom P basses that I built and my interests have changed to custom projects rather than stock basses. So, I decided to sell it on CL a while back, but there hasn't been much interest.

    So does anyone have any good ideas for this thing? Do I sell it and maybe take a hit on the price, put it in storage for while, or do I do some custom work on it? I hesitate to customize because the thing is so nice the way it is and I feel like the pickups and electronics are already good and a nicely matched set, it just isn't the sound I'm looking for. But if anyone has any suggestions for custom electronics or good soapbar replacements that really bring something new to the table, I'm all ears.
  2. Sounds like a good trading bass
  3. thatotherguy


    Jun 16, 2009
    I've got one that I've put an aguilar and nordstrand big singles in... It's a tone monster now
  4. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    My Studio5 has custom Kent Armstrong SoapBars in it and Aguilar OBP-3 wired Series Parallel and Active/Passive. It can sound vintage'ish, or it can sound VERY warwick like.

    Thread here:

    However, those upgrades will likely cost you more than what you're realistically going to get out of the bass. If it's not selling... it's priced to high for the market. Plain and simple.
  5. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    I had a 5 string Stilletto and hated it. Looked great but just sounded and felt weird. Sold it after 3 months and got an Ibanez SR505 which is a much better sounding and playing bass.
  6. My feelings on most schecters I have played is very much like most others. Good build quality, nice neck, comfortable, sounded very....ok. Good trade fodder or start the modding. My couple of Lincolns.
  7. Noonan768


    Jul 6, 2009
    St Johns, FL
    If I was in the market, I'd take it off your hands. I love the Schecters. The tone of my Stiletto Elite 5 is great. I love the sound of my Elite 004 also.. The EMGhz pick-ups really pound through well. I tweak the active eq all the time during a show depending on what I need.
    I'd say try to trade it or sell it on here and see what interest you get. Just keep the price reasonable.
  8. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    The Stiletto Elite 4 is a pretty different sounding bass from a P-bass. If you're playing your custom P-Basses for the most part now, I'd say, stick it in a closet, because someday you might want a different sound for something, and whoomp, there it is.

    I, also, have an Elite 4 that usually takes a back seat to my Precisions, so I know exactly where you are coming from.

    For reasons I cannot fathom, Schecters seem to have pretty horrible resale value, so you are unlikely to get anywhere near what it is worth from a utility perspective. So unless you NEED the money, I'd say don't sell it. On the other hand, if you can trade it for something interesting, that's always an option.
  9. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Have you tried playing with the two mini switches located on the printed circuit board in the cavity of the bass? They're designed to easily switch up the tone of the bass. If you need a list of what the settings for each switch are PM me and i'll send them to you.

  10. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    This is a good point, and somebody else mentioned that it was priced too high for the market. That's exactly the problem, the market for these things is pretty crap right now compared to the quality of the instruments. Goodness knows I didn't pay much for it when I got it used either, but when it won't even generate any replies at $300 I get to thinking that I should keep it.
  11. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    PM'd thanks for your help!
  12. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I put an EMG pre-amp and active EMG P's and J's in my Custom-5, and this bass has tone to kill with.:bassist:
  13. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Love my 5 string Elite.

    I suggest that you try adjusting the tone settings on the circuit board.

    Keep it, at some point you might need/want the kind of tonality it is capable of.

    I tend to play my Jazz basses more than anything else. But when i play jazz or original music I tend to bring the Schecter.
  14. I've had several Schecters: Diamond Jazz, 004, Ultra....always noodle with the studios in the shops. I think that Schecters are one of the better values for the dollar. I'm currently looking for a 5er and Schecter is on the list. Agree though that the resale on them is very poor. I've had problems moving them when I've moved on.
  15. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    So I was able to find a setting I liked a lot better than the way I had been playing it. But, I still have the same complaint that I can't find a useable tone with a pick. Some new strings may continue to breathe life into it though.

    If worse comes to worse, I think I will hold out until the end of the year and get some Rockfield pickups when they hit the public. The Trabens I played floored me.
  16. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I'm doing the exact same for my Elite. I talked to Todd Rockfield, and he said bass pickups will be out beggining of next year. I'm going to throw some in my Elite-5.
  17. Neatcirrus


    Oct 8, 2007
    if your still trying to unload it i will trade you my peavey 450 max bass head for it.
  18. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    well, I am, but I'm not interested in that head, sorry. I'm more in the market for a hybrid amp head.