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Schecter’s Diamond series has been a popular option for budget-conscious players since the line was introduced in 1998. The guitars and basses marked the Sun Valley, California, company’s first line of instruments made overseas, and their workhorse qualities and wallet-friendly price points have kept them in production ever since. The South Korean-made Diamond-P Plus bass is a new iteration of one of the series’ most successful basses.
At first glance, the differences between the original Diamond-P and Diamond-P Plus aren’t immediately apparent. But while the Plus retains the vintage P-bass-inspired look and contoured alder body of the original, it also brings a handful of important upgrades to the original formula.
For starters, the bridge has been replaced with a custom, string-through Wilkinson WBBC with four individually intonatable and height-adjustable brass saddles. The original Diamond-P’s four-bolt neck joint has been swapped with a robust, six-bolt design for stronger sustain and tuning stability. The Plus’s upgraded maple neck features carbon-fiber reinforcement rods, a new neck-joint contour for better access to higher frets, and vintage-style Grover tuners. The 20-fret ’board has also been updated with a modern 12″ radius. The black-finished models come with bound-rosewood fretboards, but sunburst models like the one reviewed here have maple fretboards.
The Diamond-P Plus comes loaded with Seymour Duncan SMB-4D and Quarter Pound SPB-3 pickups in the bridge and neck positions, respectively. Their collective output is shaped by a master volume, a Seymour Duncan 18V 2-band active EQ, and a 4-position rotary switch that selects between soloed pickups or running the pair together in series or parallel. The push-pull master volume also lets you choose either series or parallel mode for the bridge pickup.
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