Schecter 1976 to present Established as a component manufacturer in California in 1976 by four partners – David Schecter’s sounded the best. Complete guitars were offered from 1979. [The company was sold in early 80s and moved toDallas,  Texas.  By 1988 it moved back to Claifornia and in 1989 it was purchased by its current owner Hisatake Shibuya. Schecter Custom Guitars are made in Burbank, Califonia with the Diamond Series made in Korea. [Source: Vintage Guitar Price Guide ]

Dating Schecter Guitars (post 1989)

http://www.schecterguitars.com/faq.asp

Other Schecter resources

http://www.schecter.co.jp/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schecter_Guitar_Research

Schecter ads/ catalogs

http://vintage.catalogs.free.fr/Index.htm

2004 Schecter catalog

2005 Schecter catalog

2008 Schecter guitar catalog scan front and back cover | Here is most of the 2008Catalog

2012 Schecter catalog

2013 Schecter catalog

2013 USA Custom shop catalog