Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Music City
Sound — 7
First off all these positive reviews are from people who haven't been playing very long and haven't really experimented with other guitars and tonal options. That being said it's still a very good guitar for beginners (definitely better than a Fender). The pickups are adequate, but not great, but as I already stated good enough for beginners. If this is your first guitar, believe me you're going to think that they sound great, but once you become more experienced with guitar and start listening to a variety of tones, you'll find that you need to make some modifications to this axe. I dropped in a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck and a Screamin Demon in the bridge and MAN did the tone drastically change. Volume knob one of the few parts I did not modify, does a pretty good job of cleaning up distortion. Tone knob, however, sucks. A lot. It seems like there are only two sounds possible with this knob. Really dull and flat or sharp and cutting. Not a very big deal to me as I usually keep the tone all the way up, but keeps the Omen 6 from being a more versatile guitar.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, I would have to give this guitar three seperate grades. For a beginner Who's into hard rock and metal specifically, I would recommend this guitar in a heart beat. Everyone needs to start somewhere and this guitar would be a great start. From a more experienced guitar player's viewpoint, this would be one to avoid, unless you like doing modifications (which I do), otherwise, pay a little more and get a better with better tonality right from the get-go. Most importantly, from MY standpoint, I love my Omen 6. It's been a great Tool in teaching me guitar, and like me playing, my Omen 6 has undergone a natural evolution. I've replaced the strap buttons, tuners, pickups, and plan on replacing the bridge. In the state that it's in now, it's much more versatile now. So overall, a good guitar for beginners, and when modified, goes from good to great.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Other than the strap buttons, this guitar is one tough SOB. Mine's got it's share of dings and scrapes, but that's to be expected after 5 years of use. I've used this thing for everything, from practice to gigs. Pretty much taken to hell and back, and it's still alive. If you want durability, this guitar will satisfy that need admirably. Just make sure to replace the strap button. Believe me, that is the problem with all strap buttons. The constant pulling and tugging on them from the strap will cause them to loosen up. Using a straplock with create a much more solid hold.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Despite some of the previous reviews, this guitar could not have been manufactured in the US. Since the start of Schecter's Diamond series, the Omen 6 has always been made in Korea. That being said, the set up is done in the US. Set up was very well done. Action was good and the guitar was playable right from the store. Omen 6 did have one problem though. The strap buttons tend to loosen up after prolonged use. I've tried filling in the gap with wood glue, but to no avail. My advice, invest in a set of straplocks. It will prolong the life of your strap and keep your guitar from crashing to the ground mid gig. Again despite what a previous review has said, there is no bookmatched top on this guitar! It is a basswood body with a thick black or blue finish.