Schecter Guitar Research is an American, and well respected guitar company whose instruments are favored by hard rock and metal musicians. Although it began producing its own line of guitars in 1989, the company originally started as a replacement part facility. They now have a custom shop and make a very popular line of guitars known as the Diamond Series.
Though they are usually favored by hard rock and metal musicians, but they do have jazz and blues guitars such as the "Schecter Jazz Elite." The leading line of Schecter at the moment are the Elite, but the custom series are very close behind; due to it's "Custom 4".
Well-known artists who use Schecter guitars:
Wade Preston of Alexisonfire
Chris Steele of Alexisonfire
Dallas Green of Alexisonfire
Justin Shekoski of Saosin
Chris Sorenson of Saosin
Jerry Horton of Papa Roach
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte and Simon Gallup of The Cure
Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold
Quinn Allman of The Used
Tim Armstrong of The Transplants
Jeff Loomis of Nevermore
Oli Cutbill of Airlok
Joe Payne of Nile (band)
James Mead and Ryan Shrout of Kutless
Schecter is also the current luthier for the "cloud" guitar played by Prince and made famous in the film Purple Rain.
Visit schecters website http://www.schecterguitars.com