This bass is the perfect heavy-rock bass. It's got looks, sound, and playability to match the more expensive basses I've had without the price tag. If something were to happen to it, I would immediately replace it. In fact, I'm very seriously considering acquiring the Scorpion Tribal bass also. That is the same bass, but with a 35" scale and tuned B/E/A/D. I think it's good to have the low notes too.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $666.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
This bass was built in Korea, like all of Schecter's Diamond series instruments. The neck is maple through-body joined to mahogany wings. The workmanship is impeccable, having the feel of a much more expensive (see American) bass. The neck plays fast up to the 24th fret and has an incrdible Tribal inlay from the 1st to the 24th fret.
The pickups (two EMG-HZ soapbars) sound great through the two band active EQ, with a volume control for each pickup. This means greater control over pickup blend. The sound is heavy and gritty,without being harsh or trebly. Perfect for hard rock/metal, which is pretty much what this bass was designed for.
The body is symmetrical, meaning that the horns are even on both sides. This balances amazingly well, as the bass is not neck heavy. The headstock is a "horned" style that is small and keeps the neck weight down. A strip of white binding graces the entire instrument and lends an air of class to the instrument. The gloss black finish has a few rough buffing spots, but they are in the hard-to-reach spots on the headstock and unnoticeable.
The hardware is simple and elegant. The finish is a very chromey-black. Almost smokey black. The tuners are Schallers (or they appear to be) and the bridge is a simple F*nder-inspired design with a little more girth to it.
I left the action as is on the bass, as it felt very comfortable right out of the box and since I'm playing aggresive music on it, I don't want to lower it too much. The fretwork is excellent with no bad ends and level all the way across the fingerboard.
The bass actually plays better than a lot of my others due to the medium-jumbo frets. Probably about as big as you'd want to get on a bass. The notes ring out big and fat, espcially in the lower registers. The clarity is noticable.
The only flaw I'd note is that playing in the upper registers requires "coaxing" some of the higher notes. I don't foresee this being a major problem, as this is a "bottom dweller" bass and not for virtuoso "notey" playing.
Rung through both my Nemesis NC-210 combo and my Trace Elliot AH-400 head, the bass had big-a** bottom. You usually see a bit of a treble heavy sound out of Korean made basses, but the electronics combo on this bass is designed for heavy low-end and it delivers.
I also mess around a lot with popping/slapping and the bass sounds great for this style also. When I tried some tapping, the notes didn't ring out well, but this is probably because I left the action a little high.
The sound is meaty and bassey with the right amount of high-end. That's with both pickups cranked. You get a little more of a trebly tone with just the bridge pickup and more bass with the neck. Stands to reason.
The pickups are noiseless, even playing in a building with fluorescent lights everywhere. My rig was silent while the guitars around me hummed like a hornet's nest.