Schecter has been known to make reliable guitars for many years, and they prove to be just as trustworthy in their basses. Today, we’ll be reviewing the Schecter Diamond-J Plus Bass. (We must be on a Schecter bass kick or something because we just recently did a review on the Stiletto Studio-4 as well). Although fairly versatile, the Stiletto was seemingly intended for metal applications. The Diamond J-Plus is an instrument that seems to be designed for many different applications.

Let’s see if it holds up!

Schecter Diamond-J Plus Specifications:

  • Aged Natural (AN) and Ivory (IVY) colors
  • Bolt-on neck
  • Swamp Ash (AN) or Alder (IVY) body
  • Maple neck with carbon fiber reinforcement rods
  • Maple (AN) or Rosewood (IVY) fingerboards
  • Ebony (AN) or Mother of Pearl (IVY) block inlays
  • 34” scale
  • 20 Narrow X-Jumbo frets
  • 305mm fretboard radius
  • Thin C neck shape
  • 38mm Graph Tech XL Black (AN) or Ivory (IVY) Tusq nut
  • 2-way adjustable truss rod with 4mm Allen Nut
  • Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound J SJB-3 pickups
  • 18-volt battery compartment with screw plate
  • Wilkinson Bass WBBC string-thru bridge
  • Grover Vintage Bass tuners (142 Series)
  • Black (AN) or Rosewood (IVY) pickguard
  • Black (AN) or White (IVY) 1-ply binding
  • Master Volume (Push/Pull Phase) control
  • Treble and Bass tone control
  • Active Seymour Duncan 2-Band EQ

This Korean-made instrument is available in a 4-string option as well as a 5-string (Diamond J-5 Plus).  Also, both models are offered as left or right handed!

Although the different models come stock with the same pickups, the different wood options offered in both the body and fingerboard allow for flexibility in tonal characteristics when purchasing this bass.

For instance, a bass with a maple fingerboard and a swamp ash body will sound different from a bass with a rosewood fingerboard and an alder body, even with the same pickups. This allows each individual bass player to use this bass with their own wood preferences to find the tone they like best.

That brings us to the tone…

 

Tone:

The maple fingerboard combined with the swamp ash body provides a very bright and clean tone that really makes this bass stand out in a mix. The rosewood fingerboard with an alder body also presents a clean tone as well, but is a bit warmer/darker than the maple fingerboard model.

If you’re considering buying this bass and have the opportunity to try one out before you buy it, try to compare both the maple/swamp ash and rosewood/alder basses and listen for the differences.

The Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound J SJB-3 pickups help to bring out the exceptional tone that this bass provides. Made with Alnico 5 magnets and PVC Lead Wire, they pick up (pun intended) on even the smallest of details and sounds that this bass creates.

Seymour Duncan has consistently crafted reliable pickups for both basses and guitars, and they suit the Schecter Diamond-J Plus perfectly. We also did an article awhile back covering some of our favorite Seymour Duncan pickups!

Due to the high output and accuracy of the pickups, they tend to pick up (there’s that pun again) many of the little nuances that this bass creates. Because of this, there may be certain overtones or strings ringing out that the player may not want to come through the amp. However, thanks to the Active Seymour Duncan 2-band EQ, unwanted sounds are not a problem with this bass.

In addition to this, the treble and bass tone controls combined with the master volume with a push/pull phase control allow the musician to determine which sounds are amplified and which sounds are not. This also gives the bass player many tonal options to choose from and customize. The versatility of the knobs make playing this bass on any genre a breeze.

 

Build Quality:

Both the maple/swamp ash and rosewood/alder Diamond-J Plus basses are made with exceptional quality and care which makes them comfortable and fun to play.

The 34” scale with 20 X-Jumbo frets make it easy to quickly shift left hand positions across the neck without losing your place. The 12” fretboard radius combined with the thin-C satin neck also make these shifts smooth as butter.

This bass stays in tune very well thanks to the 2-way adjustable truss rod (carbon reinforced). Although it was set up well out of the box, adjusting the neck is a breeze with a 4mm allen wrench.

The Wilkinson Bass WBBC string-through bridge keeps everything in place, which also helps to make for exceptional intonation and tone. The 142 Series Grover Vintage do a wonderful job of maintaining tuning as well!

 

Final Verdict:

Schecter takes great care in creating instruments that are built well and sound incredible. At $749, they have managed to put out a bass that represents the ability of their company at a very affordable price. With both 4 and 5-string models, as well as left handed models available, they are built to meet the needs of any bass player. The exceptional build quality allows this bass to stay in tune for a long time and to bring a reliable performance to any gig.

The many tone options present any owner of this bass with a wide variety of opportunities to play many different styles and genres. The treble and bass tone controls combined with the master volume with phase allow the bass player to change the sound of the instrument at any given time to suit their needs. The two different wood options of maple/swamp ash or rosewood/alder definitely allow any player to choose a bass to satisfy their preferences.

Schecter has put a lot of time and effort into creating a bass that meets the needs of a lot of different people while maintaining that classic jazz bass tone and aesthetic. This bass is reliable and those that own one know that it will get the job done well. A good set up is often recommended when buying a new bass or guitar, but this bass is ready to go right out of the box!

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Don’t forget, we are authorized Schecter dealers and can set you up with the Schecter you are looking for! Our thorough quality check can assure that your gear was put together with the care we’d want on our own guitars.

Also, we publish reviews, music lessons, and other articles on a daily basis. So be sure to check those out as well!

 

This article written by community contributor Beth McPherson.

 

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