Price paid: $ 553
Purchased from: Guitar Clinic
Sound — 9
It sounds great with any you play it with; the extra string lets hit those mind-blowing power chords to play along with metal guys without having to down-tune. The strings are easily bent to play along with the greats of classic rock. I use an old Peavy amp the size of a small coffee table, so you wouldn't expect much coming from that, but the Omen 7 delivers great sound.
Overall Impression — 9
This goes great with my style of music, which is just about everything from bluegrass to heavy metal. I've been playing for 8 years, and this is my first 7 string, but once you go with that extra bass string, it makes a world of difference to your playing. Like I said, I love the 7th string, the small light frame, the 24 frets, and plus the fact that it looks beautiful. The things I dislike were the lack of whammy bar, and the cut-in could have went a tiny but deeper. The best electric guitar I own.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Nice and solid, it's lasted me the few shows I've done. I haven't owned it that long, but the hardware is standing fine, the tuning pegs are nice and tight. The strap buttons make it a little hard to get the strap itself on, but once it is, it ain't comin off without a fight. So far the gloss-black finish hasn't got a scratch on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The cut-in goes far up, but it makes it a little difficult to reach the 23rd and 24th frets. It's a light body, so it makes it easy to pull off those behind-your-head or between-the-legs solos. I would have enjoyed a few more controls, like bass and brillliance. I was also a little disapointed this didnt have a whammy-bar. But other than the few things I listed, it was an amazing buy at 700 bucks, everything is awesome on it.
Features — 8
Basswood body, maple/rosewood neck, 24 frets, dotted inlays, Diamond Plus pickup, chrome hardware, electronics include a 3-way, volume, and tone. Not to mention it has 7 strings.