Schecter is an excellent company. They provide you and me (the consumer I mean) with some great value and quality instruments. Their guitars are exceptional, with some of their 6 string models entering the guitar hall of fame. At least my very personal hall of fame, since not everyone likes schecter the way I do (lameos). The 7 string models they produce are very interesting too. Let us take a look at the Schecter OMEN-7 model and see whether it lives up to the schecter name.
The body of the guitar is designed after the ever famous, ever loved stratocaster. In the relatively affordable world stratocaster is the logical choice. With a 7 string guitar this affordable it is the only choice. It allows the guitar to look both cool and a little understated. The slightly rounded shapes of the guitar give it a more comfortable look. The solid coloring of the guitar is classy and is further enhanced by the binding around the edges of the body. The design is very nice for the price you paying to get it.
The body of the guitar is, unfortunately, made of basswood. I usually don’t have a problem with basswood in six string guitars, but this is not a six string guitar. You see, basswood is a cheap wood. It provides the guitar with a very nice, warm tone because of the resonance it has with the bass range tones. It is also a very lightweight wood, which feels very comfortable to hold. A great advantage of a 7 string guitar. The problem comes when we talk about the sturdiness of the wood. It is known to be rather soft, denting and scratching easily. I also have a suspicion that 7 string guitars might offer too much pressure for a basswood body to be able to handle it, but then again, I have yet to be proven right.
The neck of the guitar is made out of maple, which is a great choice for any guitar, especially a 7 string one. Maple is a sturdy hardwood, able to withstand most damage and abuse without a problem. It is also able to withstand the warping that the extra string can cause on weaker woods. The neck is bolted onto the body fo the guitar, which I am never too convinced of with a 7 string guitar. The fretboard of the guitar is rosewood.
The guitar comes with a Tune-o-Matic bridge with a string through body design. This allows the guitar a nice level of action from the strings, as well as a decent string stability. A bit of a pain to restring, but easy enough not to get too annoying.
The nut of the guitar is made out of black tusq. This is a great choice, especially for a guitar this affordable. The material handles string stability well, with almost non existent string buzz being a great benefit.
The tuning machine of the guitar is decent enough where you don’t have to worry about retuning the guitar every other day. You don’t see this too often in affordable guitars, but thankfully Schecter knows what they are doing.
The guitar comes with a dual humbucker set up, which is always a nice thing to have on a 7 string guitar. The Schecter Diamond Plus humbuckers are set up at the neck and the bridge of the guitar, each customized specifically for their locations. These stock pickups are known for a powerful output level, their deep tone affinity and a lovely level of sustain. Definitely a good choice of humbuckers with a nice lifespan to boot.
The controls on the guitar are fairly simple, with one knob for volume and one knob for the tone of the guitar. The instrument also has a lever to control pickup configuration.
I love the sound of this guitar. The low tone bias allows the guitar to have a low, powerful tone that can drive a crowd (and me) crazy. Whether you are playing metal, with heavy sustain, or want some clear, clean sounds, this guitar can provide what you need. Slap some distortion on the guitar and you have a monstrosity. The pickups are great at picking up the details in the sound, with the high tones being expressed in a lovely, if a little understated, way.
This is a great guitar for metal. The combination of the Basswood tone bias and the pickups’ tone bias provides an amazing low sound. While I am suspicious of Basswood’s longevity, I will still be recommending this guitar to most buyers.