Schecter’s Hot Rod History January 2009
Things would be amiss if we did not put at least a little spotlight on the Schecter “super strats” of the 1980’s in this PG issue that features hot-rodded guitars! In the late 70’s, the David Schecter Custom Shop (not yet mass producing its famous Tele and Strat look-alikes) had an early hand in making hot-rodded guitars and providing a long list of high-quality replacement parts that allowed customers to beef up their own instruments.
early 80’s, the idea of the super strat had evolved into a strat that usually had one (or two) humbuckers, tapped pickups, and a locking
tremolo system (with the now-oft-removed locking nut), allowing musicians to apply techniques associated with metal. David Schecter
was an early player in this evolution, formally opening the Schecter Custom Shop in 1976, in
That same year, the acquisition of a Schecter-built Tele, complete with a Fender-shape headstock, by The Who’s Pete Townshend proceeded to make the model famous. To date, a PT model is still offered as part of the Schecter Diamond series, although it is a mid-level Korean guitar that now sports the Schecter headstock. In the following year (1980), Mark Knopfler of the Dire Straits brought attention and lasting fame to a candy apple red Schecter strat-style guitar, also with the Fender-shape headstock.
Between 1980 and 1983,
the history is sketchier with the development of 14 Schecter shops across the U.S and
In 1983, the Schecter business was purchased by a group of investors and the main facility was relocated
model shown is from1985 and is a fine example of the so-called
Among the many “sleepers” in the vintage market – models which are often undervalued – the 83-87 Schecter Scorchers and Saturns count as real sleeping beauties and make great pro-level players at a reasonable price…..real bargain HOT RODS!