AudioRumble rating 95/100
What We like
Versatility out of this world.
Stellar value for money, amazing sound for the price.
Quite sturdy build, top-notch craftsmanship.
What We don't like
A bit heavy body.
When we say that today’s music instrument market is more exciting than ever, one of the main reasons behind such statements are instruments such as the Schecter Riot 4, a living proof that you can get a genuine premium instrument with high versatility for less than $1000.
Designed to kill, the craftsmanship of this bass is really high level from top to bottom. The body is strong, sturdy, fairly light and very elegant. It locks into the player’s body in all conditions, and we’d particularly like to praise the neck for its strong feel and chunky vibe. The piece really reflects the instrument’s overall vibe, with a fat groove and high playability.
Additionally, the manufacturer’s done a top-notch job with the frets and general finish. No sharp edges, everything is firmly locked into place and really gives an impression of a single piece rather than a sum of random parts.
In aesthetic terms, the bass boasts a sleek and subtle natural wood vibe spiced up with black hardware and fret markers, along with the company’s distinctive headstock crowning the instrument. We find the looks quite easy on the eyes and does a good job in portraying the sonic attack of the bass. Much as the looks indicate, the instrument can fit a variety of styles and musical genres ranging from light pop to full-on heavy metal.
The bass utilizes a contoured swamp ash body with an attached Canadian maple neck with 34-inch scale length. Also included in the mix is a Canadian hard maple fingerboard with 24 frets and ebony side block inlays.
As for electronics, we are looking at a pair of active humbucker pickups in bridge and neck position – the EMG 35DC and EMG 35J. These are stunningly powerful and capable to pierce through any mix. The company also placed a full three-band EQ with Treble, Middle and Bass controls at the player’s disposal, along with a Master Volume and Tone control. When combined, these allow an incredibly vast array of tonal moods and grooves. When combined with the maple body, the electronics provide plenty of resonance and a very powerful punch.
Other notable features include a black fixed four-saddle bridge, a set of black die-cast Grover Vintage tuners developed in groups of two on each of the headstock’s sides, a Graphtec Tusq nut, as well as black hardware.
Additionally, the bass is also available in left-handed edition.
Versatility would be the word of the day here. Whenever we discuss Schecter basses, we often encounter folks who deem these instruments as metal-only. Well, they are very wrong. Sure, some of the company’s products are oriented towards the heavy realm, but nowhere near all of them; in fact, those would be a definite minority.
One thing that is certain is that these basses are loud, but the mixture of EQ and versatile EMG pickups allows the player to dial in sounds of just about any genre out there. Furthermore, the pickups are quite expressive and tend to display even the minute changes in your fingering or picking technique.
In general, the sound tends to be more on the bottom-heavy side, with well-rounded basses and middles that supplement the groove of the low end. The treble section brightens things up in quite a neat and subtle manner, resulting with a sound that can tackle any genre or sonic environment.
Great thing about this instrument’s versatility is that you can lock in anything from classic old-school stuff to modern grooves, and that’s not some thing a lot of basses can brag about. For example, you can achieve a sound of classic Fender by picking up the brightness and dialing in the proper mid-range groove, but you can also switch to the sound of modern metal by boosting the basses and adding the roar via Tone knob. Just be patient and take time to discover this bass and make all the sonic experiments, it’s bound to be a worthy endeavor.
As my personal conclusion, I'll have to note that a great strength of this bass is value for money. Realistically, this puppy can roar with the best of 'em and easily match any $1,500 instrument out there.
AudioRumble rating 95/100