Schecter Guitars: A Beginner’s Guide [2024]

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Brand Overview

Schecter Guitar Research

Schecter Guitar Research, commonly known as Schecter, is an American guitar manufacturer that was founded in 1976 by David Schecter in Van Nuys, California


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Schecter USA is constantly innovating, with diverse guitar models, and custom pickups for professional guitarists. That’s why you see them on stages everywhere!

— Chris Horton, ELECTRIKJAM

Schecter Guitars

Quality & Build

★★★★★

Selection of Models

★★★★★

Pricing Tier

Mid To High-End

Best For

Experienced Players

Best Model?

Schecter CR6


Latest Schecter News & Reviews

  • NEW Schecter Nick Johnston PT 2022 Review: Vintage Meets AMAZING Innovation!

    NEW Schecter Nick Johnston PT 2022 Review: Vintage Meets AMAZING Innovation!

    The Schecter Nick Johnston PT model just dropped, and we got out hands on one! Do we have more competition for Fender this year? We got to check out the new NJ PT, and it was surprising! Schecter Nick Johnston PT: Finally Released! Schecter is knocking it out of the park this year. The new…

  • Summer NAMM 2022: Our #1 Picks For NEW Gear!

    Summer NAMM 2022: Our #1 Picks For NEW Gear!

    Summer NAMM 2022 had a lot of surprises, even if it seems like it was “quality over quantity” this year. Today we check out our favorite picks for the show, and talk about all the newest guitar gear! Summer NAMM 2022: Less Sometimes Means More The NAMM show usually is the most anticipated event when…

  • NEW Schecter Rob Scallon Guitars Review: In 6,7, AND 8 String Configurations!

    NEW Schecter Rob Scallon Guitars Review: In 6,7, AND 8 String Configurations!

    These new Schecter Rob Scallon guitars were teased during the “Biggest Shred Collab 2021”. Well it looks like they are finally here! Let’s take a look at all 3 of them! Schecter Rob Scallon C-1 Guitars: Finally Here! We are Schecter enthusiasts here at Electrikjam. For one, I am exclusively a Schecter player and hopefully…

  • The Best Guitar Brands For Lefties: Amazing Axes For All Of The Southpaws!

    The Best Guitar Brands For Lefties: Amazing Axes For All Of The Southpaws!

    Finding the best guitar brands for lefties can me tough sometimes. Being left handed shouldn’t be punishment for guitar players. Today we take a look at the best brands for left handed guitarists! The Best Guitar Brands For Lefties: It Can Be Rough Out There… The most quoted reason for lefty models being hard to…

  • 6 Epic Guitar Brands That AREN’T Gibson or Fender

    6 Epic Guitar Brands That AREN’T Gibson or Fender

    If you’ve got $600 to $1000 to drop on a guitar, and you don’t want a Gibson or Fender, here are six amazing guitar brands you need to be looking at – they’re all brilliant… When you think of a guitar, an electric one, most players imagine a Fender Strat or a Gibson Les Paul. Gibson…

  • Schecter Nick Johnston HSS Review: The #1 Spectacular Stratocaster Alternative

    Schecter Nick Johnston HSS Review: The #1 Spectacular Stratocaster Alternative

    When the Schecter Nick Johnston HSS was released this year, I knew I had to have one. But did all of my dreams come true? Is this guitar comparable to a Strat, or is it better? Schecter Nick Johnston HSS: A Classic Redefined! It may seem like a silly statement, and may seem like an…

  • Sustainiac Pickup Fixes: The #1 Guide To Troubleshooting This Amazing Pickup!

    Sustainiac Pickup Fixes: The #1 Guide To Troubleshooting This Amazing Pickup!

    This is the #1 question I get. Sustainiac pickup fixes may seem complex, but it is easy! People often over complicate the issue, and today we are going to walk you through the whole process. Sustainiac Pickup Fixes: We Get This Question All The Time! The first thing we need to get across here, is…

  • Schecter Demon 7 Review: The BEST 7 String Guitar Under $500?

    Schecter Demon 7 Review: The BEST 7 String Guitar Under $500?

    Schecter certainly isn’t new to the extended range game, but it may be the company that has finally perfected it! Today we take a look at a budget 7 String that feels like a much more expensive instrument. Schecter Demon 7: Heavy On A Budget! We have already taken a look at the Schecter Demon…

  • Why The Schecter Demon 6 is 100% Worth Buying In 2021 (And Beyond)

    Why The Schecter Demon 6 is 100% Worth Buying In 2021 (And Beyond)

    The Schecter Demon 6 is perhaps one of the best value, affordable guitars on the market right now. If you want to play metal or hard rock, the Schecter Demon-6 is a near-perfect guitar for less than 450 bucks You might not have heard of Schecter. It isn’t as big as Ibanez, Fender, or Gibson.…

  • Schecter Sun Valley Super Shredder Exotic Hardtail: New And Awesome For 2021!

    Schecter Sun Valley Super Shredder Exotic Hardtail: New And Awesome For 2021!

    When the SVSS Series first hit the shelves, the biggest complaint from customers was the bridge. The Sun Valley Super Shredder Exotic Hardtail is Schecter’s answer to the fans! The New Schecter Sun Valley Super Shredder Exotic Hardtail: You Spoke, They Listened! Schecter definitely has a reputation as a “Metal” guitar company. This has been…

  • New Schecter Red Reign E Series: 2021 Just Keeps Getting Better!

    New Schecter Red Reign E Series: 2021 Just Keeps Getting Better!

    The Schecter Red Reign Series is an offshoot of the favored “Apocalypse” series of guitars that made their mark a few years ago. 2021 sees the series not only get an update, but a fantastic model added to the roster! Schecter Red Reign E Series: They Are Finally Here! Let me get this out of…

  • Schecter Traditional Van Nuys: Amazing Custom Shop Style On A Budget For 2021!

    Schecter Traditional Van Nuys: Amazing Custom Shop Style On A Budget For 2021!

    Schecter may be a little late to the party this year with the new models, but the California company more than makes up for it with the Schecter Traditional Van Nuys series. These are awesome replicas of what made Schecter famous in the first place! Schecter Traditional Van Nuys: Simple And Effective, Yet Also A…

Schecter: A Brief History

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Initially, the Schecter was established as a repair shop and manufacturer of custom replacement guitar parts for Fender and Gibson models. It wasn’t until 1979 that Schecter offered its own fully assembled electric guitars.

Schecter is renowned for producing high-quality electric guitars and basses, particularly favored by musicians in the hard rock and metal genres.

The company’s product line has expanded over the years to include a wide range of models, from entry-level instruments to custom shop and signature series guitars.

Manufacturing

While Schecter was initially associated with American-made custom instruments, the company has since diversified its manufacturing processes.

Today, Schecter offers both USA-made custom models and mass-produced guitars manufactured in South Korea, with some lower-end models produced in Indonesia and China.

The brand maintains a reputation for quality across its range, with even its more affordable instruments receiving praise for their craftsmanship and playability.

Relationship with Fender

Contrary to some misconceptions, Schecter is not a subsidiary of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

Schecter operates as an independent company, although it has had interactions with Fender in the past, particularly in its early years when Schecter supplied parts for Fender guitars.

Notable Artists

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Schecter guitars are used by a variety of notable musicians across different music genres, though they are most prominently featured in the rock and metal scenes.

Artists such as Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold, Dan Donegan of Disturbed, and Jeff Loomis, formerly of Nevermore and now with Arch Enemy, are among the high-profile guitarists who have endorsed Schecter and have signature models available.

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