At the budget end of the Schecter spectrum we have the two Omens - one Extreme, one... not so.
But there is by no means an extreme difference in price. Just $50 separates the two. Let's see exactly where this additional cost comes from...
|Weight||7lbs 10oz||10lbs 2oz|
|Nut||Graph Tech XL Black Tusq
|Inlays||Pearloid Semi-Goth||Abalone & Pearloid Vector|
|Pickups||Schecter Diamond Plus|
String Thru Body
|Binding||Black 1-ply||Crème Multi-ply|
There are more elaborate, fiery finishes (including Vintage Sunburst and Black Cherry) available on the Omen Extreme, giving the appearance of a more premium axe.
The Omen Extreme gains extra points for the mahogany body vs the Omen 6's basswood body. The mahogany will give you more sustain and depth, at the expense of some snap on the treble. But for heavily distorted playing, mahogany is the number one choice for many players.
The Extreme has an extra volume control, so one for each pickup.
It also has a push/pull tone control, allowing you to get more variation from the humbuckers.
The mahogany body and push/pull coil tap alone warrants the extra $50 for the Omen Extreme. Add to that the snazzier finishes and multi-ply binding (if that's your thing!) and you have a very reasonable premium.
Since the difference is only $50, we feel it's worth saving that little bit extra for the more feature rich, better sounding Omen out of the two, especially if you need the beefier mahogany body for those big, de-tuned metal riffs.