Price paid: $ 1980
Purchased from: Musician's Friend
Sound — 9
I play a little bit of everything - Blues, Rock, Country, Punk, Pop, Metal, etc. My passion, however, is Thrash and Hardcore; along the lines of In Flames, Parkway Drive, Soilwork, Have Heart, Killswitch Engage, and the like. I bought this guitar because I needed versatility between my Jackson RR1 and my LTD MH-1000 Deluxe, which are excellent for what they are built for, but come up short on tone options. This guitar delivers the goods in one package that meets my needs. The sound range is amazing and you have to play it to experience it, plain and simple. I'll give this a 9, because even though it is a jack of all trades, I still haven't sold my RR1 or LTD, nor do I intend to. 'Nuff said.
Overall Impression — 9
As stated before I play Thrash and Hardcore mainly, but recently I've been a ringer for some rock/pop cover bands. This guitar lets me do that without feeling/sounding out of place. I've been playing for 11 years, I own a PRS Santana SE, Jackson RR1 and an ESP LTD MH-1000. I play through a B-52 AT212 Combo Tube, Boss Equalizer and MetalZone or MetalCore pedal. If it were stolen or lost I'd most definitely buy another one, maybe in the "Stealth" or "Mystic Dream" finish because they look neat. Love: Versatility Playability Body Style Finish The unfinished neck (so smooth!) Hate: $*#*ing hardshell carry handle! >:o I wish it had a Petrucci Autopilot button so I could sit back and shred like Freddy Kreuger on a bender. Bottom Line: If you're looking for the proverbial Bridge between your guitar collection, this is it! Buy it now!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I played a live show with this guitar 2 days after I received it in the mail. No problems whatsoever. Hardware is quality and doesn't give the impression that it was assembled by a 6 year old kid in a sweatshop. Depending on this guitar is like depending on the sun to rise. I usually don't bring a back up to gigs, if I do it's for someone else's use. I'll bring my RR1 or ESP if I'm too lazy to tune between songs, or just for fun.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Factory condition was excellent and what I would expect for the price. Came to me in tune and ready to roll. I've heard Redburst model is a hard-sell for dealers, as most enthusiasts who can afford the JP6 will go the extra mile and get the Mystic Dream finish. Every guitar I own is black or white, so I decided to risk it and go for a bold color scheme. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw it up close. In stage lighting, the red comes out magnificently, and I've received nothing but positive remarks on it. The tremelo is awesome. My ESP and RR1 have Floyd Rose systems, but I frequently tune up and down, which after awhile even seasoned FR Veterans will grow tired of. I'm not a whammy bar junkie by any means, but from the playing I've done so far I have experienced minimal tuning issues. The only comparable tremelo I have played on was on the first line of PRS Santana SE's that came out in '01 (I think?). Anywho, I have a soft spot for this style of tremelo after playing my PRS for almost 7 years.
Features — 9
Model is a 2010 JP6 w/ Peizo Pickup. Redburst w/ matching headstock. Worth noting, the hardshell case has a "raised moulding" that acts as a bumper-system and reduces the chance of your case tipping over if stored hinge side down. Only reason I don't give this a 10 is because I absolutely despise hardcase carry-handles...if someone would put a quality handle (padded/high grade rubber) on their cases, I would crap myself from excitement and give this a 100/10.