"The Omen 6 Has Style"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
You can tell a lot about a guitar by playing it unplugged. The Omen-6 sounds sweet just strummin' it on the couch. It is clear and ringing -- solid. I've heard some berate the electronics, but sound is so much more than any one thing. I've been able to get a variety of sweet sounds playing straight into a Crate Combo - both clean and overdriven. Within minutes I can switch from full, solid 80's chords to grinding metal riffing to chickin' pickin' and top it off with sweet, clean blues leads that has tone for days. I recorded with it modeled through a clean Fender Reverb and got goosebumps. Did I mention the sustain?
This is a sleek looking guitar in person and a pleasure to play. The 24 jumbo frets let your fingers lightly dance out clean, quick notes or dig into bluesy bends with ease yet chords don't go tonally "off". It is difficult to set the intonation on the Tune-O-Matic bridge, but functionally it works well, staying in tune through deep bends or heavy riffing. It's placement lets it be out of the way or easily accesible as a rest/mute and, combined with the string-through construction, looks cool. It only sports one volume and one tone pot, which may be part of the electronics dis by some, but I belive in technique over tools and, while knobs are nice, find this adequate.
Ease of Use:
The string-through construction is nice and makes it easy to re-string. As mentioned, the intonation is a bit difficult to access and some peaople like to comment on the factory set-up, but this is such a personal thing. I found it to be fine and haven't changed a thing, but one day I'm sure I will tinker. For the most part... This thing plays itself - really!
Overall, The Omen-6 is a quality axe with good construction and sleek, minimal features. It's pots are the only real weak point, espcially the tone which has a poor roll-off.
I have owned my Omen-6 Diamond Series for over a year and paid a bit more than it's current price. It was worth it then... it's worth it now.
The Wow Factor:
The body contours look sleek both from the front and the players vantage point. The string-through design adds to the "coolness" of it's overall look. The neck is amazingly comfortable and has inspired my playing and composition.
The Omen-6 is not just a rock/metal slugger, it is also a fine guitar for clean rhythms and bluesy leads. My Omen-6 will be a part of my collection as long as it holds out and that should be awhile because it gets plenty of TLC. BTW - The Schecter case is also a nice touch.