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First model we’d like to show in this segment is the Schecter Omen Extreme 5. Schecter came out with some incredible bass guitars lately, and this one is just one of them. What really makes the Omen Extreme 5 stand out is the overall build quality combined with attractive aesthetics and great tone. In other words, everything. This is also one of the five string models that come with a decent set of active pickups and accompanying EQ section. It looks good, and sounds awesome, which definitely makes it one of the most promising 5 string basses at the moment.
The body shape of Schecter Omen Extreme 5 is pretty standard. However, it is made of mahogany with an arched famed maple top. The whole front side of the body features creme multi-ply binding, which only brings the texture of that maple top into focus even more. The neck is a maple unit that sports a thin C profile. Fretboard is a rosewood piece that comes with abalone and pearloid vector inlays. Overall, the neck is fast and smooth while the lower cutout allows you to reach those highest notes.
In terms of hardware, Schecter installs their own in-house solutions. The bridge is a Diamond Bass model which doesn’t differ much from your standard vintage style unit. It does a great job at keeping everything together and providing good sustain. Tuners are also Schecter’s own design, and are a pretty decent themselves. Hardware comes in either chrome or black chrome depending on which finish option you go for.
When it comes to active electronics, most people prefer a set of EMGs or Seymour Duncans. While completely understandable, the ones you get with Schecter Omen Extreme 5 are pretty good themselves. The model of the pickups goes under the name of Schecter Diamond Bass, and it packs a decent amount of heat. Controlling the tone is done using a set of knobs which include volume, tone and onboard EQ. Pretty standard stuff.
The tone you can expect to hear from Schecter Omen Extreme 5 is just awesome. It’s a very well balanced active sound that has a deeper low end than some EMG setups do, but it also has enough juice and definition. You can dial in just about any type of tone you like, and the guitar will happily keep up with you. While it certainly feels at home when being used for metal, Schecter Omen Extreme 5 is versatile enough to be used for just about any genre of music.
Schecter guitars still deliver a great value for the money despite the fact that the brand no longer has anything to prove. Schecter Omen Extreme 5 is one fine tuned machine capable of delivering thunderous tone to those who need it. Flexible, aggressive when necessary, and generally versatile, this bass guitar is among the best in its segment of the market. Whether you are a beginner with a good budget or an experienced player looking to get an upgrade, Omen Extreme 5 is definitely worth your time.