Schecter’s Omen 6 electric is looking to prove that with careful engineering and precise attention to detail, future shredders can get their hands on a very capable and full-sized guitar at the price of a “junior.” With its sleek carved top basswood body, 24-fret bolt-on Maple neck with a Rosewood fretboard and two Diamond humbuckers, it's sure to be a signal that great sound quality and a beautiful yet economical design can actually go hand-in-hand.
You can tell that Schecter spent a good amount of time carefully choosing the Omen 6’s features. There’s little missing as far as core aspects go which makes the Omen 6 a full-featured guitar for a musician that plays the music style that this instrument is primary built for – metal, in case you’re wondering. When I first inspected the Omen 6 and played around with it for a bit, I was impressed with how well it was set up. The Omen 6 has always been made in Korea but the setup is actually done in the U.S. and it shows. The action was great and the machinery kept everything in tune about 90% of the time thanks to the great hardware pieces it has built in. It was ready to play right out of the box!
But with that said, I did notice an obvious problem – the strap pegs tend to loosen after prolonged use. Future owners of the Omen 6 should definitely consider making a minor investment in strap locks in order to prevent your electric from meeting an early demise. Other than that, the Omen 6 feels very durable and actually looks great despite its $300 price tag. If you need a solid guitar that can withstand the beating of live performances and studio session jams, you can rest comfortably knowing the Omen 6 is definitely one tough customer. It’s actually not surprising as Schecter has a lot of knowledge and experience in creating reliable electrics.
The Omen 6 comes with a 25 ½” scale bolt-on maple neck and a rosewood fretboard along with 24 jumbo frets. While the bolt-on neck is a little disappointing, it’s not a deal breaker and pretty much on par with guitars in this category. Other key features include a string-thru tailpiece, Diamond tuners, dual humbuckers and all chrome hardware.
After messing around with the Omen 6 for a few weeks now, I can say that this is a very good guitar for beginners and definitely better than a lot of other similarly priced guitars in this category. The pickups are good – not great – but more than enough if it’s your first axe. To the untrained ear, they actually sound great, but they do lack the important but subtle intricacies that top tier pickups are known for. They are not as warm as I would like, a bit dull actually, and the top end seems to be slightly sharp and cutting, but unless you have an experienced ear, you likely won’t notice. The Tone knob actually doesn’t make things any better in that department and I found myself usually keeping it all the way up. Not a huge deal but if you’re looking to take this axe to the next level, I would recommend upgrading the humbuckers in order to make the Omen 6 a truly professional and versatile guitar.
With all that said, I would have to give the Omen 6 two different verdicts. If you’re a beginner looking to grab a durable and reliable axe made specifically for hard rock and metal, I would recommend this guitar in a heartbeat. Every shredder had to start somewhere and the Omen 6 is definitely a great place to start. If you are an experienced player, I would be a bit more hesitant to suggest the Omen 6 unless you don’t mind making a few modifications – which many do – in order to beef up the versatility of pickups. All in all, Schecter’s Omen 6 is a great looking, expertly built guitar that makes up for its lack of bells and whistles with outstanding durability. Although the stock humbuckers will leave the pros wanting a little more, those looking for their first metal-centric axe cannot go wrong with the Omen 6.