2003 Schecter USA Custom Shop “Vargas Girl” Tempest



Hey P90 Fans! Here’s another one for the discriminating collector – a one-off created for the 2003 NAMM Show with a hand-painted masterpiece by Chris Compston featuring his rendition of the Vargas Girl (close-up). The original Vargas Girls rose to fame in WW-II as very risque` (for the time) pin-ups, serving as a morale booster for troops serving overseas. The artist for which these type paintings have become synonymous, Alberto Vargas, was never given the true credit he deserved. His pictures, taped to the inside of countless lockers, or kept in shirt pockets and unfolded a thousand times, served of a constant reminder to the troops of what they were fighting for: freedom and beautiful women. Okay, on to the guitar… Made in Schecter’s Burbank CA Custom Shop so it’s an impeccably made guitar in its own right, and the fact that it was a NAMM show display model is further assurance that it was checked out very closely before it was presented to America’s musical instrument dealers. Specs include: Solid Mahogany body with TV finish, bolt-on 22-fret maple cap neck with jumbo frets – one piece with NO scarf joint, 12″ neck radius, 25.5″ scale, Tempest 3/3 headstock with Sperzel locking tuners, bone nut – 1.673″, neck width – 2.032″ at 12th fret and 2.193″ at end of fingerboard, Wilkinson bridge/tailpiece – adjustable, Seymour Duncan pickups – P-90-1B and 1N, and dual volume with master tone. This is an excellent playing guitar with a very meaty tone, without the usual noise level associated with P90’s. Another observation – the tone control on this guitar is very effective. Rather than on/off, the way most tone controls seem to work, this one affects the tone in a more dramatic fashion, with a differentiation in tone at every number tone control changes at every I’ve always been a fan of the single wraparound tailpiece, despite their usual shortcomings, because they are perfect for string muting and just feels “right” with my right hand resting on it. Unlike the old style wraparounds though, this one features intonatable 2/3rd string and 4/5th strings, allowing for near perfect intonation. Offered in immaculate condition, other than a few scratches on the pickguard which we can probably buff out if desired. Includes Schecter certificate and hang-tag, showing it’s selling price as $3495 (shown here). This is a cool find for the collector looking for the truly unique, one of a kind guitars – but at this price – most players can afford this and actual make it a working guitar. Just $1599 and includes original Schecter/G&G custom-fit hardshell case (picture).


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