Schecter Ultra III - Vintage Red

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, 3-pc Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Archtop-style Humbucking Pickup with Coil-tapping - Vintage Red
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Schecter Ultra III - Vintage Red image 1
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A Classy 6-string with a Vintage Vibe!

Half retro, half modern the Schecter Ultra III solidbody electric guitar gives you a unique combination of vintage vibe and killer tone. It looks like it could have jumped right off of the page of an early '60s guitar catalog, yet once you get your hands on an Ultra III, you'll discover the smooth feel, fast action, and massive tonal range nothing short of a cutting-edge guitar can deliver. At the same time, its Bigsby Licensed tailpiece and archtop-style Duncan Designed humbucking pickups make the Ultra III perfect for rockabilly and roots rock styles.

Schecter Ultra III Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Classic vibe takes you back to the roots of modern rock music
  • Bigsby licensed B50 vibrato tailpiece lets you play slow subtle bends
  • Duncan Designed FG-101 pickups give you big, slightly rude rockabilly sound
Classic vibe takes you back to the roots of modern rock music

Before you pick it up, before you plug it in, just step back a second and take a good long look at this beauty. Schecter may be best known for their more aggressive style of guitars, but their Ultra III is nothing if not classy in a unique retro chic kind of way... without being an obvious throwback or blatant re-creation of some long-defunct '50s/'60s-era guitar model. If you've been looking for a cool vibe to add character to your stage presence, or an anachronistic-style guitar to inspire your creativity, then you're going to be delighted with the Schecter Ultra III.

Bigsby licensed B50 vibrato tailpiece lets you play slow subtle bends

Speaking of vintage vibe, nothing beats the look, feel, and sound of a classic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. With the Bigsby Licensed B50 tailpiece (a model nearly identical to the original Bigsby B5) on the Schecter Ultra III electric guitar, you've got the ability to pull off the long, slow, smooth, and subtle bends made famous by rockabilly and surf guitarists, which is seeing a major revival among up-and-coming rockers. Whether you want to ride the retro wave or see what this cool tailpiece can do for your style of music, you'll totally dig the Ultra III's Bigsby B50.

Duncan Designed FG-101 pickups give you big, slightly rude rockabilly sound

Closely modeled after some of the most popular boutique humbucker out there, the Duncan Designed FG-101 pickups loaded on the Ultra III give you a hot, snarling tone that you'd more typically expect to get from an old-school archtop. With fully adjustable pole pieces and the Ultra III's cool 3-position switches for each pickup (off, humbucker, coil-tap), you've got absolute control over your tone.

Schecter Ultra III Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Cool and classy electric guitar that's perfect for traditional roots and rockabilly styles, as well as modern rock, blues, and country
  • Three Duncan Designed FG-101 archtop-style humbuckers give you brash and snarly tone
  • 3-position pickup switches let you configure each pickup as either off, humbucking, or coil-tapped for bright single-coil sound
  • Bigsby Licensed B50 vibrato tailpiece lets you pull off long, slow, and subtle bends
  • Grover tuners and a roller bridge give you smooth action and freakishly stable tuning
Get a cool vibe and massive tonal range from the Schecter Ultra III solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Ultra
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Vintage Red
Neck Material 3-piece Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Schecter
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Blocks
Number of Frets 22, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Bridge/Tailpiece Roller TOM/Bigsby Licensed B50 vibrato
Tuners Grover
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Duncan Designed FG-101humbucker
Middle Pickup Duncan Designed FG-101humbucker
Bridge Pickup Duncan Designed FG-101humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3 x 3-way pickup sliders (off, humbucker, coil-tap single-coil)
Strings Ernie Ball Regular Slinky, (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number 3154

Customer Reviews

4/5
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5/5

The Mutant Spawn of a Fender Jaguar , Gibson Firebird and a Gretsch Astro-Jet!

I have the older model in vintage white . I am currently lusting after the red one and praying that Schecter doesn't do a Burgundy Mist , Shell Pink or Sea Foam Green anytime soon or I will loose it ! I have no actual complaints about this guitar besides it's weight---this is one serious hefty ,hunnka -hunka plank! The retro cool pawn shop looks will lure you in and once you start playing you cannot put it down! This axe has 3 slider switches that help you cut a pickup out , coil tap or stick in some nasally out -of-phase flavor to your tunes ! The bigsby is ready and willing to throw down "Rock-a-billy style or get your Surfs Up! Super cool guitar!
Music background: Semi -pro guitarist
5/5

Amazing!

I can imagine guitar geeks sitting around deciding what kind of new guitars to make. The people who came up with this are beautifully crazy. This guitar was risky: retro body, Bigsby, 3 vintage-type pickups that can also do hard rock; high quality wood and electronics. I'll tell you one thing, it works. This guitar is a masterpiece. It was set up and ready to go out of the box. Smooth playing, great Jazz, Blues and Rock tones. Every detail appears to be perfect. I hated to put it down to go to bed. I have over 30 guitars, from vintage Les Pauls to Strats, and a few Jazz guitars. I also have a Schecter Hellraiser. I love that for hard Rock and Metal, but I was afraid this Ultra would be another guitar like that. It is not, but it does have Schecter quality. You may not like the way a Schecter plays or sounds (if you are wacko), but you CANNOT say a Schecter is not quality. I am very impressed by this guitar and I applaud Schecter. I have never given a guitar a "5" rating, but this guitar is a great value. Well done! Thank you.
Music background: Pro
4.5/5

Favorite guitar to play

I bought my Ultra III simply because it looks like a cool guitar and I was impressed by what it had to offer for the price. I was able to find a vintage white one for sale on the Internet and made a good buy on a used one. First of all, it is heavy but I find that it has good balance when I am playing it so I don't really notice how heavy it is. I have a Telecaster, a Gretsch hollowbody, an Epiphone es-135, and a Guild and The Schecter has become my favorite guitar to play at gigs. It can sound like my Telecaster or I can get an excellent rockabilly sound like my Gretsch. The three pickups really offer a wide range of sounds. The neck action is set very low and it plays smoothly with no string buzz. Great guitar for not a lot of money.
Music background: Semi-pro musician, songwriter
4.5/5

Outstanding

Just got mine about a week ago. I was able to snag one of the "demo" models out of the Deal Zone for a great price. I could find no issues with it, it did look like it had been played but that was on the plastic wrap over the pick-guard. The guitar was set up perfectly, good strings etc. etc. The only string sightly flat was the G string, I tuned it to 432 Drop D and found it to be perfectly intonated, no fret buzz, no issues whatsoever. You can not go into the "Major" guitar chain store near my house and pick up any guitar regardless of price and expect to find it in tune or set up properly ever so to get one via Fed Ex and find it ready to play just always blows my mind. This was my 3rd Sweetwater guitar and all of them have been set up perfect. SO on to the actual guitar review. It looks amazing. The Bigsby works very well and the combination of roller bridge, graph nut and locking tuners results in no tuning issues. The neck is very fast, comfy and easy to bend. The pickups for the most part sound quite good. If you play a lot of hard rock like I do the bridge pickup is a bit thin but that's not a big deal. I am giving it 4.5 only because I don't care for the 3 way slider switches, 3 way mini toggle switches would have been much better. The sliders are stiff and a bit of a pain to navigate if you change tones often in the middle of a song. All in all though this is an amazing piece of gear and worth every penny. I have a dozen guitars some are very cheap and some are very, very expensive and this one can easily hold it's own with guitars costing 4 times as much.
Music background: old rock dude
4.5/5

Incredible Value

First reviewer has it right in every way; it's a tank - in the nicest way. Acquired mine from my son, quite a while after he flung it long distance across a stage during a band practice "conflict". He continued to play it hard and in shows, with a headstock crack going into the neck - played perfectly. I buy it off of him, take it to local luthier for evaluation. He takes all strings off, the headstock just falls off!! He glues it back on - very simple task, near invisible, and it plays like brand new again. No neck adjustment, nothing. Half a point off only because the bridge pickup has a hard time holding up its responsibilities - have to compensate pretty hard externally. Highly recommend this: substitute with the Seymour Duncan "Seymourized Mini-Humbucker SM-3b" (or some other hot bridge pickup), cut it's selection switch out of the circuit and give it independent control (steal-subst. the tone circuit/knob - the tone control's kinda weak on it anyway).
Music background: wide-ranging rank Amateur
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