Price paid: $ 1824
Purchased from: Guitar Factory
Sound — 8
The Axxion is a sig. guitar from the Mustaine series. This guitar was specifically made for a new style of metal and hard rock. Its sound is amazing due to to its very unique body shape. To best describe its sound, it is never-brfore-heard and interesting. You can buy the V's for its metal sound or you can buy a Les Paul for its tranquility, but playing or listening to an Axxion for the first time: its really weird, amazing but weird. I would recommend people whos have difficulty understanding to listen to Megadeth's 'In My Darkest Hour' where these guitars are expressed. The Axxion's sound is very distorted and unnatural. Dont forget: it's the body of the Axxion that really makes its sound, no matter how many times you try and change your amps or replace its pickups oyu will make very little impact. This guitar will only satisfy your style if you fully understand the sound.
Overall Impression — 8
I usually play hard rock, metal and thrash and this guitar is only used for certain songs I'm afraid. Its unique sound has just been conceived and is yet to be expressed to its full potetial. I'm 15 and I've only been playing for a year, I must have some family genes 'cause I'm a natural. However I can still appreciate its magnitude. If it were stolen I'd kill the person and get it back! I wish it had a pick with it I keep loosing them!
Reliability & Durability — 8
The Axxion can withstand non stop playing especially in live concerts and other gigs. Like the the ESP V's, the Axxion has screw on strap lock so you can shake it all you want it wont come off. Like its ESP brothers this guitar can be very dependable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The stock Axxion is already very well tuned and prepared for a good thrashing, it had no suprising glitches and sratches. Its durability is above normal and its locking tuners stay place even in harsh bumps and drops. Its body shape is very comfortable while in a siting position and indeed while standing up, however, while performing on-stage acrobats I would say that it gets painful around the sharp edges!
Features — 9
Axxion (pronounced 'action'): Neck: - 24 jumbo frets - 3 piece mahogany neck - Ebony fingerboard - Custom 'xx' inlays Body: - Neck-thru-body construction 25.5" scale - Mahogany body - Dunlop Flushmount strap locks - TonePros locking bridge with string-thru-body Electric: - Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz humbuca pickups, 2 volume and 1 tone control knobs and a 3-way toggle - Sperzel locking tunners.