Price paid: $ 650
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I play mostly metal (think Megadeth to Iron Maiden)to death metal (Dying Fetus, Suffocation, Psycroptic) and this monster handles it all with absolute ease. The 81 gives me amazing attack and almost zero noise and the 60 gives me pretty alright sounds too when I'm in the mood for something softer. I run this through a Marshall JCM 2000 DSL 100 and it screams.
Overall Impression — 9
For my styles this fits me perfectly. Its over taken my DKMGT as my main axe and put my KE2 into an early retirement. Run through my JCM 2000 it sounds like a dream. If it were stolen the things I would do the guy are so horrific peoples grandmothers would have heart attacks just thinking about it. After playing for three years, I'm pretty picky about all my axes and this one competes with the best of them. I was a little cautious at first being solely a Jackson player at first but I'm glad I bought this guitar. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a Les Paul shape on a budget of $700 and lower.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar has already accompanied me to three live shows and its kicked ass hard at all of them. I put schaller strap locks on just for safety and this thing moves with me everywhere I go on stage with ease. I never gig without a backup however, but I feel as though I can trust this guitar and the finish is still going strong with no stratches or dents. The only time I had to change it was for a downtuned song.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Action was superb when it arrived to me and the pickups were at just right height. The finish is flawless (mines the black) and it looks damn sexy. All the hardware is sturdy, theres no dead or buzzing frets at all and the pickup selector works wonderfully.
Features — 9
Not sure on the year or exactly when this beast was conceived, but its a tank. 24 frets, Thin 'U' shaped contour neck, 24.75 scale, Mahogany body and neck, Grover tuners, EMG 81(bridge)/60(neck) combo, TOM bridge and tailpiece, a 42mm earvana compensated nut, Grover tuners, Black Nickel hardware and a rosewood fretboard.