It's difficult, if not virtually impossible to find a bad review for any Schecter guitar, even at this end of the price spectrum.
Schecter's Diamond Series has given beginners and guitarists on a tight budget the components and build quality expected on guitars twice the price.
The two main contenders in this series are the Omen 6 and the slightly more expensive Demon 6, with just $80 between them.
|Model||Omen 6||Demon 6|
Tech XL Black Tusq
|Inlays||Pearloid Semi-Goth||Grey Pearloid Gothic Crosses|
|Pickups||Schecter Diamond Plus||Duncan Designed HB-105B
Duncan Designed HB-105N
String Thru Body
|Omen 6||Demon 6|
The Demon 6 offers a more premium finish in the form of its Crimson Red Burst (pictured).
While the Omen 6 offers more modest, solid colour finishes, there is the option of the very classy Satin Walnut.
The only difference here are the branded, Duncan Designed pickup covers on the Demon 6 vs the open humbuckers on the Omen.
The active Duncan Designed humbuckers (designed by Seymour Duncan) are what set the Demon 6 apart from its cheaper brother.
The HB-105's are, in a nutshell, a more expensive pickup than the Schecter Diamond Plus. But for many there is a slight trade off in having to change the 9v battery that powers the Demon's active humbuckers every so often. Not so on the Omen with its more traditional passive humbuckers.
There's something about knowing your guitar is running on a battery that unnerves some players, especially live players...
However, the battery power is, in reality, a small price to pay for an overall hotter, beefier output that delivers brutal high-gain and distorted tones good for modern, de-tuned metal.
That's not to say the Omen's "home-brand" passives can't handle metal (and they do surprisingly well) but passive pickups in this price range simply can't match the boosted power and clarity of decent actives under heavy distortion.
Also, we have to consider those who have a wider range of playing styles, and the reviews confirm the versatility of the Omen 6 thanks in part to its Diamond Plus pickups.
But that versatility is also present in the Demon, and arguably even more so given how the active pickups push the extremities of the guitar's metal capabilities even further.▲ Compare Sound
It really boils down to how much metal you want for your money. For under $100 more than the Omen 6, the Demon 6 gives you that 10-20% extra in brute metal tone, with plenty of versatility thrown in for those tamer playing sessions. There's less emphasis on the amp to do most of the work with the Demon 6, which will especially benefit those who prefer to record directly in to their digital modelling software.
If the active/battery thing isn't an issue for you, and your playing style is more metal-inclined, saving up the extra dollars for the Demon 6 is wholly worth it, and you'll get an overall more satisfying tone for your low-end riffage.
There's also not much to be saved in buying the cheaper Omen for upgrading to the Demon 6 spec, since you'll be paying around the actual price difference for similar pickups to the HB-105's anyway. Something to keep in mind...