Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar  

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The Schecter Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass is ideal for feature-driven price-conscious players. With a 34" scale, and 6-bolt neck, the Raiden Special-4 bass packs a serious punch and looks gorgeous d... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Schecter Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass is ideal for feature-driven price-conscious players. With a 34" scale, and 6-bolt neck, the Raiden Special-4 bass packs a serious punch and looks gorgeous doing it.

The Schecter Raiden Special-4 has a basswood body and a quilted maple top that give the beginning bassist a whole lot to show off. 24 X-jumbo frets, a rosewood fingerboard, a maple neck, and coil tappable Schecter Super Rock pickups will keep you busy with the Special-4 bass' versatility. The Special-4's beautiful quilted maple top should garner your first set of groupies right out of the gate.

Schecter equips the Raiden Special-4 bass with a top-load or string-thru bridge, providing the tension required for drop-tuning. Black Chrome hardware courtesy of Schecter and mother-of-pearl dot inlays round out the Raiden Special-4 bass.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 6 bolt on neck construction
  • Basswood body with quilted maple top
  • Maple neck
  • 34" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24 X-jumbo frets
  • Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
  • Schecter SuperRock bass pickups
  • Controls: Volume/Volume/Tone (Push-Pull)
  • Bridge: Diamond deluxe with string-thrubody (or 'top load')
  • Schecter tuners
  • Black chrome hardware
  • Black cherry finish
  • Case sold separately
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited lifetime warranty on all guitars.


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Schecter Guitar ResearchRaiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

1st review, my raiden bass!

I got this bass in partial payment for a session I did in Montreal this year. Barely 30 days old and not a scratch on it! First I'll say it's a beautiful bass,...Read complete review

I got this bass in partial payment for a session I did in Montreal this year. Barely 30 days old and not a scratch on it! First I'll say it's a beautiful bass, lightweight, love the neck, thin but not too thin. You won't find it in the description but this bass comes stringed with quality DR strings, and a graphite bone - I did 'not' expect that!It was in standard tuning when I got it and set-up very good! The top-load or string-thru bridge option is great for low tuning but since I normally tune low-c (C,F,Bb, Eb) I will still have to get the bass set-up for me! No active electronics but the output is louder than the rest of my passive basses.Plenty of sound possibilities from the raiden. My favorite feature is the coil tappable pickups where at the pull of a switch you can go from humbucker to single coil sounds! All positions sound pretty good but I prefer the single coil tones. The keys are stamped with the company name but I suspect they are actually grover. Compared to similarly priced Ibanez and others, I prefer this bass! It's a 'great value' for the money! I would not hesitate to take it to a session with me!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good start, fail to finish

Pros: Great sound (when it works, see below). Nice looking quilted top. String-through body. Tapped humbuckers provide a good selection of tones. Light weight at 8.7 lbs. Cons: Fret ends...Read complete review

Pros: Great sound (when it works, see below). Nice looking quilted top. String-through body. Tapped humbuckers provide a good selection of tones. Light weight at 8.7 lbs. Cons: Fret ends need finishing, suitable for cheese grating right out of the box. Electronics are intermittent and crackle/cut out and/or buzz. The "chrome-black" hardware looks like my grandmother's silver: hopelessly and permanently tarnished. Bridge is entry level. Ditto for the tuners. Conclusions: My 2012 Washburn SHB40, which sells at the same price point, is an active bass with 2-band EQ, has beautiful "hot-dog" finished frets and reliable electronics as well as superior inlays. A much better buy, IMHO. If this is truly "Setup in the USA" as Schecter claims, their techs need a refresher course.

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5.0

Excellent Bass

By abarrett95

from Halifax, UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

    Had this bass for a few days now and I can honestly say its the best i've played in a long time. I didn't really know what to expect due to the low price tag (£350) but i can safely say I am thrilled with it, they could easily get away with selling the bass for £600+.

    The ability to switch between singlecoil and humbucker is a great feature giving you tonnes of tone options.

    Mine came set up brilliantly with a nice low action and no fret buzz anywhere on the neck (which is nice and smooth so very fast to play)

    All in all a great guitar and I would recommend this too anyone!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good start, fail to finish

    By Glenn Weatherspoon

    from Arvada, CO

    Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

    Pros: Great sound (when it works, see below). Nice looking quilted top. String-through body. Tapped humbuckers provide a good selection of tones. Light weight at 8.7 lbs. Cons: Fret ends need finishing, suitable for cheese grating right out of the box. Electronics are intermittent and crackle/cut out and/or buzz. The "chrome-black" hardware looks like my grandmother's silver: hopelessly and permanently tarnished. Bridge is entry level. Ditto for the tuners. Conclusions: My 2012 Washburn SHB40, which sells at the same price point, is an active bass with 2-band EQ, has beautiful "hot-dog" finished frets and reliable electronics as well as superior inlays. A much better buy, IMHO. If this is truly "Setup in the USA" as Schecter claims, their techs need a refresher course.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    High-end quality, Low-end price

    By Bass6300

    from Boston area

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        The quality of the finish and fret work is outstanding for a bass in this price range. Pickups are fat-sounding and LOUD. Louder than some of my active basses. I wish the neck was more narrow like a jazz bass, but I've gotten used to it. One of my best sounding basses (don't get one if you want that "active" sound, though).

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        best bass for the price

        By Larry Young

        from Monroe, WI

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        I did a lot of research before purchasing this bass. I recently sold my high-end Carvin fretless bass because I'm playing mostly guitar these days. I still wanted to have a bass available if the need should ever arise. I wanted decent quality, passive pickups, and a good feeling neck, but wanted to keep it under $400. I got that and more with this bass. Features: 24-fret neck, coil-tappable pickups(!), string-thru-body bridge, no batteries needed. Quality & Reliability: quality seems great for the price I paid. I've only owned a short time so reliability will have to wait, but it does come with a limited lifetime warranty. Look & Feel: it looks great in the black cherry quilted top, the neck was a bit "grabby" at first, but I took some 2000-grit sandpaper to it and now its as slick as can be. Summary: I went to the store looking for this exact bass (based upon my online research). I played it, liked it a lot and bought it. GC priced it less than any online retailer I checked out (they were running a special during Memorial Day weekend). For just a hair over $300, I couldn't be happier! The neck and intonation were right on the money, no adjustments needed at all. Thanks GC!

        (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent quality control

        By rmlewis

        from Lockport NY

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Excellent quality control.Opened the box to find a highly polished bass with intonation and tuning almost spot on, and D'Adderio roundwound strings (Very rare for a just bought bass to come with good strings like these) NO paste wax residue anywhere. Frets were clean and smooth, pickupsare very hot for passives deliver a host of various sounds, the fretboard was of high quality and shaped perfectlt. The bridge with the "string thru body" gives this bass tons of sustain. I did change the strings with fender flatwounds and installed a fender Fatfinger sustain bar.Tuners are mechanically perfect and even though the are stamped Schecter-I believe they are really Grovers. This is the best "out of box" bass that has ever come this clean and ready to go that I have ever bought. Killer sound-excellent qualitu control-what more couls you want..

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely Phenominal!

        By Brian

        from Waterbury CT

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        I just bought this bass, and boy, I just can't put it down! Beautiful tone and playablity, with the an awesome look! Excellent product, looking forward to purchasing many more basses from Schecter!

         
        4.0

        Good Sound, Not A Lot Of Money

        By Teleplayer

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        I am a guitarist who recently got the bass bug. I have been using a borrowed Peavey Zodiac 4 for a while, and since it was time to return it to the rightful owner, I went shopping for one of my own. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I looked at basses in the price category of this one. I tried a lot of different "comparable" units from Ibanez, Peavey, Squier, and Epiphone. I finally settled on this Schecter, and since I bought it I can't seem to put it down. It has a very nice sound if you are into rock bass. One of the best features of this bass is the pickups. The stock passive humbuckers seem to be very good, I can't see the need for an upgrade for your average bass player. In addition, there is a coil tap so you can switch it over to single coil pickups if that's they type of sound you'd rather have. There is a very noticeable difference in sound when you do this, as you would expect. As far as overall quality, I think this unit is a great deal for the money. A decent 6 bolt maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, easy to use knobs, coil tap seems solid. My bass was set up relatively "okay" out of the box, all I had to do was tweak the intonation a little. The action is decently low, and I haven't gotten any fret buzz on anything yet, but I can honestly say that if you play in drop D or drop C you will want to raise the action some, because it will likely buzz. The frets seem a little better and smoother than most basses in this price category, I haven't found the need to file any of them and they seem decently level. No noise from the pots when it's plugged in, no crackle, just solid and reliable feeling. The one drawback with this bass, as with most, is the weight. It is a fairly heavy guitar, seems about the same weight as a Squier Precision. I have not noticed a lot of neck dive, but I play with the neck fairly upright compared to a lot of people. I can let go of the guitar and the neck doesn't drop very much at all. I have been playing this through a Squier 15 bass amp that was given to me, and to tell you the truth it sounds much better than I expected it to considering the amplifier. As far as fit and finish, this bass is very good looking. The pictures you see online don't really do it justice, the color is much more striking than it appears in the pictures. I think it looks absolutely great. Bear in mind, this is a simple, beginner to intermediate style bass designed as a price point guitar. Passive pickups, limited tone control, and a coil tap. But it certainly has enough thump to keep you entertained for a long time, much more drive than you will get with a lot of other brands at this price. But the sound won't be for everyone; if you play a lot of jazz or you want that light, poppy sound, this is not the bass for you. I would buy this guitar again, in a heartbeat. This is my first Schecter product, and based on how I feel about this guitar, I will definitely look at them in the future when it's time to replace or upgrade any of my guitars. I gave this bass an 8 out of 10 not because it's the greatest bass you can buy, but it's certainly a great value and seems sturdy, so it's an 8 compared to others in the category that I have tried.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awsome tones!

        By Trev

        from colchester ct

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        I actually got this bass from a Music and Arts retailer. First of all, this bass has a sick finish on the front and back. The feel is great. The tone knob, which when pushed down the p-ups are Humbucking, and when pulled up are Single Coil is really cool and I've found it very useful. For the most part I like the humbucking because it's real heavy, great for playing metal or hard rock. But sometimes it's just too muddy, especially for my school's jazz band I'm in. The tones you can get are great, it can be trebley or warm and muddy with a couple knob turns. The p-ups are really nice, lots of output, especially with the humbucking on. It stays in tune farly well. The only PROBLEMS are with the knobs, some spin easier or harder than others, that might be able to be fixed, (but it hasn't been really annoyed me at all). Also, After a couple of weeks I noticed a little extra feedback. It gets way worse when I have it on Single Coil for some reason. If i stand 4-5 feet away from the amp, it goes away on most amps, but it can be really annoying with a big amp. Hopefully it can be fixed, (but I could deal with it anyways because I like it enough.) If it wasn't for that I'd give this bass 5 stars. I did play it in a store before I bought it, but the setup was great without any changes. It is surely worth the money, if you want a major step up from a begginner or low intermediate level bass, (not stepping up to pro bass like 800-1500 dollars) this is for you.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wow!

        By Leah

        from shelby twp, mi

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        i got this bass for christmas, its tone is amazing, it has nice sturdy pick-ups, it has a nice balance, the headstock is perfect to balance the body out, and the neck has a nice shape, the bass is perect for playing alternative, metal and funk, if your looking to play jazz, swing and blues i would change the strings to fender jazz strings,

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Holy shnikes!

        By Leah

        from shelby twp, MI

        Comments about Schecter Guitar Research Raiden Special-4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        wow!! the bass has a thunderous warm tone, this bass is beast, its perfect for any player, don't be fooled by the price, it has a sound of its own, its light weight and its body shape is wonderful, its sounds best with swing strings.

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