Founder David Schecter started California-based Schecter Guitar Research in 1976. Originally a guitar repair shop, they manufactured replacement parts for instruments—guitar necks and bodies, complete pickup assemblies, bridges, pickguards, tuners, knobs, and potentiometers—supplying them to Fender, Gibson and other custom repair shops. Some manufacturers built complete guitars out of Schecter parts. It wasn't until 1979 that the first electric guitar built by the company hit the market.
Schecter's first guitars were extremely boutique with high-end components and were only sold through a handful of retailers. In 1996, under the direction of the company's new owner, Mr. Hisatake Shibuya (who also owns ESP Guitars) and president Michael Ciravolo, Schecter focused and refined their vision. Demand continued to rise as unique designs and more affordable guitars as well as electric bass guitars were introduced. Today the company continues to thrive, offering incredibly sleek instruments that are at home in the limelight. Read More>