Schecter Omen Extreme 6 – Best Metal Guitar Under $500
-Pickups are excellent for the price
-The body offers warm tones with enough brightness in it
-Slim C-shape and narrow neck makes this axe easy and fast playing
-Out of the box action is great
-Handles every kind of metal well
-Sometimes fret buzz in the long run(with some truss rod adjustments, this should be an easy fix)
-The sound could be more detailed
-Some high notes with thicker strings are hard to reach(not too bad)
I would recommend this for any type of metal, but especially for modern metal with fast riffs and solos. This axe is definitely worth the money if you are looking for a high-value for-money metal guitar.
If you are not going to play metal, this guitar probably is not for you.
Schecter Omen Extreme-6 is in my opinion, the best metal guitar under 500(which I know about). It has some minor flaws, but for the price, it’s hard to beat this one.
How Schecter Omen Extreme 6 sounds:
Research Omen Extreme 6 looks beautiful and Schecter is definitely known for its high value for money metal axes. But is Research Omen Extreme 6 one of them? And is it worth your hard-earned money?
Schecter Omen Extreme-6 specs:
Body type: Solidbody
Body wood: Mahogany
Neck wood: Maple
Neck shape: Thin C
Scale length: 25.5”
Truss rod: 2-Way Adjustable Rod w/ 5/32” (4mm) Allen Nut
Fretboard material: Rosewood
Fretboard radius: 14”
Number of frets: 24 X-Jumbo
Nut width:1.625” (41.3mm)
Nut: Graph Tech XL Black Tusq
Pickups: 2 x Schecter Diamond Plus (push/pull coil-split)
Pickup switch: 3-way
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Bridge with String-thru body
Who crafted this Review:
I last time played this Schecter in a music store in May of 2021.
Author & Reviewer: Teemu Suomala
Playing guitar since 2009. Mainly focused on electric guitars, although plays acoustics too. Started this blog in January 2020.
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Schecter Omen Extreme-6 Review
The body is made of mahogany, which supports warm and dark tones well. But I was surprised that sound has still enough brightness in it too...
The reason for this is probably the maple neck. And this is definitely a great wood combination for folks who want to play both, heavy riffs and fast lead sections.
The fretboard is rosewood, it adds some detail to the sound and makes it warmer.
Pickups are 2 Passive Diamond Plus Humbuckers, with coil-split.
If you have played more expensive guitars for a long time, pickups can sound really average. But if you just want to get a solid metal axe for under 500, pickups are excellent for the price.
There is enough growl and this axe definitely chugs.
Omen gives you great sounds for old-school and modern metal riffs. And this guitar handles the distortion lead sounds really well. I would say that it’s made for fast riffs and solos, sound-wise.
If you want some complaining about the sounds, here it comes…
The sound could be a little bit more detailed in my opinion. And when playing clean parts, especially high notes, I found the sound to be flat in some points. So this is not the best pick for clean soloing.
But clean tones are definitely good enough for the price, and this flaw doesn’t ruin the tones of this guitar completely. So those clean metal intros will go just fine with this guitar.
Hear how this axe sounds:
Out-of-the-box action is really good. You can usually start shredding as soon as you open the box. And with the truss rod, action adjustments are easy.
1.625” (41.3mm) nut width makes this axe really easy to play, even if you own small hands. The neck is narrow, and it won’t slow you down.
The thin-C neck shape makes things pretty easy. Tho, in my opinion, the neck is not very thin and reminds me more of and regular C-shaped neck, and also reminds me of the playability of D-shaped necks a bit.
Fretboard radius is 14 inches, this means that the fretboard has only a very slight curve in it. This makes moving your hands around the fretboard and making fast shifts between the frets easier.
Yes, this guitar is made for shredding.
But some high notes with thicker strings are a little bit hard to reach(aka. upper fret access is not amazing). It’s not too bad, but a contour that would make upper fret access better would be amazing (wink, Schecter).
This guitar is surprisingly light, and the balance is also solid. The Omen is definitely one of the most comfortable guitars to play at this price range.
I think that this axe offers maybe the best quality at this price range too. Nothing to complain about when I look at it. And I found no long-time owners saying that the guitar broke in normal use either. This is always a good sign.
I didn’t notice anyone complaining about sharp or rough fret edges, or about bad tuning machines, everything seems to be great. But it’s not perfect…
Some people noted that fret buzz can be noticeable at some point, it can be fixed, but it’s still a con. But this is normal with guitars, and with the truss rod and bridge adjustments, these fret buzz issues should be easy to fix.
This guitar looks really good in my opinion. I have a hard time deciding which one is the better color: See-Thru Black or Black Cherry. Both look stunning.
Every detail looks polished and well finished, and it’s hard to believe that you get this much at this price.
- Pickups are excellent for the price
- The body offers warm tones with enough brightness in it
- Thin C-shape and narrow neck makes this easy to play and made for fast playing
- Out of the box action is great
- Handles every kind of metal well
- Sometimes fret buzz in the long run(with some truss rod adjustments, this should be an easy fix)
- The sound could be more detailed
- Some high notes with thicker strings are hard to reach(not too bad)
I would recommend this for any type of metal, but especially for modern metal with fast riffs and solos.
Of course, if you are not going to play metal, this guitar probably is not for you.
This Schecter is in my opinion, the best metal guitar under 500(which I know about). It has some minor flaws, but for the price, it’s hard to beat this one.
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- Pickups are great for beginner metalheads
- Body materials ensure that this guitar is able to handle the metal
- Neck feels good
- Handles the cleaner parts well too
- Quality for the prize is fantastic
- High notes on thicker strings are hard to reach (Poor upper fret access)
- The U-shaped neck is not the best option for fast soloing.
This guitar is a good choice if you want to play heavy riffs but not super fast solos. But you can definitely shred with this if you got the skills.
For example, this guitar handles stuff like Metallica, Slipknot, and thrash metal overall really, really well. It can also be a solid budget option if you want to play a variety of metal music.
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This one is an excellent all-rounder with one of the best split-coil tones I have heard. Modern C neck shape ensures easy playability, and the affordable price makes this guitar a really interesting choice. I definitely recommend that you check this guitar out. Really high value for money.
And 2 Humbuckers ensure that this handles heavy distortion and metal tones well too, plus changing tunings is easier.
You can read my full review of this guitar here: Fender Player Telecaster HH Review 2020 – Before You Buy.
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I tried this for the first time in a music store nearby, and it has been one of my favorite guitars since. This guitar is just gorgeous. It handles everything, but it’s made for heavy riffing. A pleasure to play and listen. It offers great value for money with high quality and stunning tones.
This EC-1000 is more versatile than Schecter Guitar Research Omen Extreme-6, and with heavily distorted tones it does even better job. But the small con is it’s a higher price.
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Are Schecter Guitars good?
Based on my own experience, I would say yes, Schecter guitars are good.
Schecter guitars that I have tried, both Hellraiser and Omen Extreme 6 FR are an absolute pleasure to play. The neck is just buttery smooth with both these guitars. Even with my small hands, playing is easy.
Sound-wise, the metal and to be more specific, modern metal is the thing where Schechter guitars shine the most.
If you value these qualities and high value for money, I recommend that you try some Schechter’s out!
Where are Schecter guitars made?
Most Schecter guitars are made in South-Korea. Custom shop guitars are made in the USA and cheaper models are usually built in Vietnam, Indonesia, or China.
The country of origin of the Schecter Omen Extreme-6 FR is Indonesia.
I really like the Schecter Guitar Research Omen Extreme-6. If someone needs a metal axe under 500, it’s my go-to option.
I hope that this review helped you out! I wish you all the best and keep rocking!