Schecter Stiletto Studio-5
Schecter Stiletto Studio-5

Stiletto Studio-5, 5+ string bass guitar from Schecter in the Stiletto series.

MGR/Latch 11/29/2003

Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 : MGR/Latch's user review

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I decided I wanted to finally make the move to a five string bass. I had thought long and hard on the sound that I wanted to acheive. I went into my local music shop and explained to the guy that I was interesed in the Fender American Jazz FMT, at the time Fenders latest. Tim told me that he had a bass that I should try before I spent the 1600+ on the fender. He said it was a guitar by the name of Schecter which was loaded with EMG pickups. And since I am an EMG fan I agreed. From the moment I hit the first note I was sold. The sound was undeniabley the tone I was looking for. Not to heavy but at the same time not to light. I found the growling sound that could be curved and contoured with the mid sweep on the active electronics. And all this for 600.00. Since then I have purchase the lined fretless.

I really love the neck thru design which give it a huge sustain and the EMG electronics that alows you to configure just the right sound. The Mahogany/Bubina body and the honey satin finish makes for a fine looking bass. And it doesn't have the neck breaking weight that some basses have. You know after 4 hours of giging you come to appreciate the light weight.

I read the other reviews of this bass and the recurring dislike is the buzzing of the B string. I experience the same. I found that after adjusting the action the buzz did go away but you did forfeit some action to acheive this. The other thing was that when replacing the strings you may have to adjust the action again depending on the brand of string. Or you could solve the problem like I did when I purchase the lined fretless model. This was the a very good move in my case. Unbelieveable action. Smooth and fast. No noise.

CONSTRUCTION: Neck-Thru Body,Mahogany/Bubina
NECK: MultiLaminate Maple/Walnut FINGERBOARD Rosewood SCALE: 35" INLAYS:Oval
HARDWARE: Satin Gold BRIDGE:Diamond Custom
TUNERS:Grover FRETS:24 Medium
I saw no blemishes and the craftmanship was great.

I feel that if you want a bass that will give you the sound and feel of the "over priced icon basses" this bass is the bass for you. I see the dealers around the country realizing that this is the bass people like you and I want to play and they won't be any easier to get, and surely not for the same price I paid.

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