Schecter Stiletto Studio-5
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Schecter Stiletto Studio-5

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

MGR/Mr. Nobody 02/13/2005

Schecter Stiletto Studio-5 : MGR/Mr. Nobody's user review

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I was at the local Guitar Center and was looking at bass guitars. I wasn't really looking to buy anything, but this Schecter 5 string just jumped out at me. I played it for sometime at the store made the choice to take her home.

The laminate construction of this bass is very attractive and the Honey color is gorgeous. My band mates have started calling me "the babinga man" because of the babinga top. The 35-inch scale makes for very tight strings and the "B" is very responsive and not sloppy. Usually a 5 string can be a bit soft, and make speed a bit of a challenge while playing runs. The 18 volt pre amp gives this bass a growl that is hard to duplicate, and gives it sonic diversity. The neck through construction gives this bass nearly as much sustain as the Les Paul from the "Spinal Tap" movie. It just keeps on going.

It only comes with gold hardware; I would have liked the option of brushed chrome, or blackened chrome. The fact that a fitted case does not come with this bass is a little disappointing as well.

Laminate neck through construction with matching headstock, makes this a piece of art, as well as a tone monster. The tuners are nice and tight, and not sloppy. The tone and volume knobs are solid and smooth. The rear strap button (by the way strap buttons are over sized, even though it does not come with strap locks installed) is off set and makes for perfect balance. 35 inch scale is easy to play, and keeps the strings responsive.

Bottom Line, I would not be surprised if this line of basses rockets up to the lofty heights of Specter, Warwick, and Smith. I fully expect that in 5 years I would be able to get more for this bass than I originally paid for it. I've gigged out with it now on two occasions and it stays in tune and is a real workhorse. This bass has fully replaced my Fender Precision Elite.

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