Price paid: $ 239
Purchased from: Giacolleti's
Sound — 9
The AXL Jacknife brings barking tone and is suitable for Metal genre purposes. Although it may look like a shredders' dream, this guitar can handle many other genres, such as soft rock and pop-punk. These pickups do not aquire a noise gate, which can be a concern for those Who enjoy silence in between playing. With pedals and a loud amplifier, you can recreate the tones of Van Halen, along with bands such as Green Day.
Overall Impression — 8
I love Metal and Hard Rock, and the AXL Jacknife is a great guitar, and resembles the tone of an Ibanez or a Jackson electric guitar. This guitar is great for my main tasks, as I've been playing about 1 year and am in a band, and frequently have performances. I have no doubts on this product, and there aren't any major problems as for the structure and well being of the guitar itself. If I had to pick a guitar again, I may have picked something else, but AXL makes high quality guitars. I love the neck design on the guitar, and really enjoy the ferocious pickups that come with the guitar. Out of 1 and a half hours of playing all sorts of guitars in a local music store, this guitar seemed to fit me best, as the price was amazing and it suited my needs. I wish this guitar had come with a vibrato arm or 24 frets, but this guitar is great and you should definitely take the whole brand into consideration.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The AXL Jacknife can withstand road performances, as I found it has not collapsed on me or had any technical problems yet. The strap buttons stay solid, and are as hard as a rock. This may not be my best guitar, but it is a great guitar and holds up pretty well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Not much extra tweaking was needed, as the AXL Jacknife came ready for playing. The pickups may need to be tightened with the screws, but they stay reasonably still and don't fall when you need them most. The bridge is not completely adjusted adequately, and can fall when changing strings. However, it is not a hassle when it comes to Live performances and recording.
Features — 7
This guitar has 22 frets and is easy to move up and down the neck considering the thin neck design. The V design of the guitar may not be convenient, but it's a small price to pay. Its Tune-O-Matic bridge is great for keeping the guitar in tune for reasonable periods of time. The guitars' active pickups deliver great sound and doesn't lack any tone. No accessories were included, as it may be a concern to find a V-shaped body case for a reasonable price.