Schecter Omen Elite 6 Review
Omen Elite 6 Overview
The Schecter Omen series guitars have been a favorite to many guitar players for a long time. As guitar manufacturers keep innovating their instruments, the quality just keeps getting better! The Omen Elite line up is exactly that with some great guitar construction, rock solid hardware and articulate yet mean sounding pick ups. On top of all that, the look of this guitar is a show stopper and a sure fire way to get other players curious to know more about it.
Schecter Omen Elite 6 Body
The body on the Omen Elite 6 is made of solid mahogany with a beautiful burl top. The guitar looks great with the see through gloss finish on an arched top. Its a very comfortable guitar body and sits on the lap quite well.
The cut away design is perfect in conjunction with the type of neck mounted to the body. It is very easy to play all the way up the neck without the body interfering what so ever.
The strings are mounted through the body and so if you flip it over you will find the mounting holes. The back of the guitar is also quite beautiful and has perfect contouring throughout.
You will also find a cover on the back of the guitar to access the control electronics.
The Omen Elite 6 comes in 3 different colors:
- See Through Blue Burst
- Black Cherry Burst
Weight of The Omen Elite 6
The Omen Elite is a pretty standard weight at roughly 7.5 lbs. With a solid mahogany body you can expect this but by no means is this a heavy guitar.
It well balanced and quite comfortable in either lap or hanging from a strap.
Schecter Omen Elite 6 Neck
The neck on the Omen Elite 6 is a Thin "C" shape that is very comfortable in the hand and really easy to get around. This neck has been designed to be very versatile while still supporting shredding solos fluidly.
The 24 jumbo frets are all easy to access thanks to the cut away body design. This neck is a 25.5 scale and offers players a ton of possibility.
The action is well set thanks to a proper neck relief making it easy to fret strings without any buzz. While the neck is a bolt on design, it is set with 5 screws and is very rigid.
Its a well crafted neck!
- Number of frets: 24
- Scale: 25.5″
- Neck shape: Thin “C”
- Rosewood fretboard
- Pearliod Lines
- Maple neck
- 2 way truss rod
Benefits Of A Bolt On Neck
Schecter Omen Elite 6 Hardware
The guitar while quite simple sports a lot of great hardware. The Schecter Diamond Heretic pickups are loaded into the Omen Elite and are good sounding pups! These pick ups are open coil, aggressive sounding units that are great for harder styles.
The 5 way selector switch then allows you to select what pick up configuration you would like. The tone control and volume control will then let you tailor the signal to taste.
The Omen Elite sports the custom Schecter hard tail bridge with the string through body set up. There is also a version of this guitar that provides a Tremolo bridge with locking nut should you prefer it.
The tuners are custom Schecter as well and are great quality that did not let up under the heavy playing i put it through. The nut is a Graph Tech XL Black Tusq which is standard for this price point and is great!
Schecter Diamond Heretic Pickups
The Omen Elite comes with the new Heretic pick ups which are a variation of their Apocalypse pups. These are equipped with 2 Ceramic-8 magnets that surround an Alnico V magnet in each pick up.
The sound is high output and aggressive but are sonically well balanced and articulate. Low frequencies were still tight and not overbearing or flubby.
Also love how the black smoke bobbins allow you to see the coils inside!
Electronics And Strings
5 Way Switch Settings:
- Bridge humbucker
- Single coil bridge/neck
- Full humbucker bridge/neck
- Neck parallel humbucker
- Neck series humbucker
- Strings: Ernie Ball Brand .009 -.046
Omen Elite 6 Sound
This axe has been made for high gain! For a guitar in this price range i must say it is one heck of a great sounding instrument. The output from these pick ups is high, so metal tones are very easy to come by.
The Rhythm sounds into a Revv Generator MK3 are simply stellar! The articulate chugs and tight low end are crazy good. Lead tones are fluid, full and crisp. Thanks to the great neck, its a shred machine and has the tone to keep up.
Clean tones were great as well with the guitar especially when using the 5 way switch. There are a ton of different sounds that will pretty much cover all bases here.
Schecter Omen Elite 6 Feel
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
I am nothing but impressed with some of the guitars being released right now and this is one that sits high in my books. If your primarily a metal player your going to want to look into this guitar. Its a real sleek unit that is easy to play and sounds really good with these new pickups.
The selector switch re-configures the pups in all the right ways to get some great sounds. For this price point you really can’t go wrong. And it looks really good! The guitar really does look like it is worth more then what they are asking and it almost entices you to play it.
I almost like this guitar more then a few more expensive instruments i have played. Crazy to even consider this but its true. Check it out if you can get your hands one one.
And if your preference is a tremolo bridge, they offer this guitar with that too!