This absolutely needs a pickup swap, but the wide neck makes it super easy for doing advanced stuff like tapping, sweeping and thumping. People seem to sell them in great condition online for good prices so I'd recommend getting one used. Also maybe it's just me, but the machine heads seem a little weak also.
i love my Omen 8. after listening to Call of Duty ZOMBIES songs since CoD W@W, i knew i needed to learn songs like Beauty of Annihilation. upon learning that Kevin was using an 8 string for these songs, i saved some birthday cash and bought one of these bad boys on sale for $370. the guitar is beautiful (i own the black version), and the neck feels great. the only downsides i can find with this guitar are the pickups being pretty damn muddy - especially the bridge - which is a shame, and the hardware looking fairly dull. however, it is still an overall great instrument for the price range, and i likely will never sell it, even if i bought a nicer 8.