Schecter Stiletto - What is not to like and why? *Fender Comparison Incl.*

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassalo, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
    As I sit here tonight and try to play Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Iron Maiden for the second time on my Schecter Stiletto, I thought to myself, "what is not to like about this bass?". I own an Elite-5 and an MIA Precision (2008). I love both basses, especially the Fender. However, every time I pick up the Schecter, (especially when I have just put the P back on its stand) I find its tone and playability are just as nice as the MIA Fender. The growl on the Schecter even seems more complete than the P.
    So I guess my question is, has any of us TBers thought about buying the Schecter Stiletto, played it, and decided that it wasn't 'good enough'? If so, what was it about it that you did not like? And as for us owners, what are your likes and dislikes?

    I've gotten to points where I love my Fender so much, play it so much, and forget about the Schecter, that I think about selling the Schecter to buy another Fender (maybe a Jazz or another P), but then I play the Schecter and love it even more than the last time I played it. It really is a great bass - tone, feel, looks, price - all around. Just curious about the general perception of them.....thanks and happy and safe 4th next week TBers!!! :bassist::hyper:
  2. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area
    i have the elite 4 its good but heres the thing, i play punk music with my band and when I'm at home i play some slap. it's more a metal based guitar. i still like it a lot but it doesn't have a good slap sound playability is awesome though i cant deny that. I'm thinking about getting a nice fender jazz but still will keep the schecter.
  3. I played on the C-5, it was awsome.
  4. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I have the Schecter Stiletto custom-5 bass. I love it, great tone, feel, and looks. I've had it for about a year and a half, it's great.

    There are two things I just really don't like.

    1.)The pickups (EMGhz's) are really, really noisy. They're always popping and buzzing.

    2.)The bridge. It is impossible to adjust. The allen wrenches it came with to adjust don't even fit in the sockets. The string saddles are the other pain in the bridge. They are not stuck in the bridge, so if you broke a string while playing, you could easily lose a saddle because of it falling out. You can't buy extra ones either.:atoz:
  5. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
    Interesting. I find both a non issue with my Elite-5....
  6. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    weird. I wonder if I just got a bad one?:confused:
  7. MrBorisSpider

    MrBorisSpider Inactive

    May 8, 2008
    There is no such thing as 'a metal bass' or 'a funk bass' etc.
  8. tbwilson


    Dec 11, 2006
    concord NH area

    ok your right i didn't mean it kinda how it came out but you cant tell me that b.c rich guitars are made for the Christian bass player. YES! before people shoot me, you could use them in church and they would sound fine but the church i go to with 75% of the members grannys they would give you weird looks for a hellish looking bass. Some basses are just made for a certain style of music then another. and still if people don't agree let me put this in here IMO.
  9. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
  10. I like my custom 5 a lot! But, the narrow string spacing is making it go up for sale soon.
  11. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Insert cool nickname? Nobody's given me one yet. Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    Hey Man

    About a year-&-a-half ago, I had purchased me a spankin' new Schecter Stiletto Elite 5. I played it for a week or so and returned it! Don't really know which reason was more important to me, but...

    I wasn't diggin' the sound at all. I actually found it rather uninspiring. Also, I couldn't get into the feel of it. The shape of the body was not at all pleasing to my fingers and the finish felt very 'plasticy' in my hands.

    So... Both physically and sonically, it just seemed rather dull and boring. All IMO of course.
  12. tehuberc


    Mar 1, 2007
    They're nice basses, but IMO they really shine if you replace the pickups with real EMGs
  13. motleystew


    Apr 29, 2006
    Lewisville, TX
    "...Stay 'ere and listen to the nightmares of the sea!!!" Sorry, I do not have any input on Schecter basses but I kinda' got carried away in a Iron Maiden moment!! But I feel muuuuch better now..LOL
  14. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Yes, but this was 5 years ago when I didn't know what I was doing when it came to bass gear. I bought a Stiletto 4 and replaced the bridge with a Gotoh, and ripped out the EMG's in favor of Passive Bartolini's with a series/parallel switch. $400 or so to upgrade a bass which didn't need upgrading and only because didn't know any better and thought that it "needed" those upgrades.
  15. ROON


    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    I played a Stiletto once, it was nice and sounded good, but the overall feel felt a bit flimsy. The finish was top notch but the construction kinda felt weak, especially the neck.
  16. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Now that I think of it again, my neck was not the most stable. I had Jack Read at the time do all the mods to it and I think he said it was very "flexy".
  17. bottomzone

    bottomzone Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    I have a Stiletto 4. A few years ago, my 1983 Alembic Spoiler's preamp had to be repaired and upgraded, so I went to Guitar Center to buy a backup bass. I narrowed down my choices to either a Cort Artisan 4 and the Scheter Stiletto. I was shocked at how nice the Stiletto played and sounded for the money!!!! I recently sold the Alembic to help finance the purchase of my Ken Smith Black Tiger 5. The Stiletto is a keeper!

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  18. Rakie

    Rakie Let me take you down, 'cause I'm going to...

    Personally I absolutely hate schecter basses, just can't get into them. But everybody is different.
  19. jon118


    Apr 19, 2008
    I have a Gryphon-4 which is Stiletto bodied and falls right in line with the rest of the Stilettos in terms of price and features. I like it a lot, especially the shape of the body. When you're sitting and playing it just sets perfectly, very comfortable to play, and the acoustic properties aren't too bad. That said the electronics have a bit too much growl for me, not a fan of the pickups, and the neck pocket it a bit off, but it doesn't affect sound or playability, it just looks kind of bad. It's a great bass, especially for what it cost me.
  20. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    I owned a Custom 4 for a while. It was my first "good" bass. What ultimately sealed its fate was 1)the electronics package -- I just didn't dig the HZ pups but I thought the preamp was ok 2)the bridge -- PITA to adjust; though it hardly ever needed adjustment and 3) lack of a 5th string (can't really fault the intrument or the manufacturer for that but it is a big part of why I sold it).