Price paid: $ 2280
Sound — 10
This a well rounded rock/heavy-rock guitar, and plays perfectly well with bands like AC/DC, Joe Satriani, Velvet Revolver and even some heavy metal bands that are addicted to loud artificial harmonics. Well, I use a cylinder-mix Marshall amp and mostly use distortion but it plays surprisingly well with clean sounds. The JS1200 is noisy only when you blast the place appart with a screeming harmonic, but other than that it's sounds are beauties.
Overall Impression — 9
Personally I play a lot of Metallica, Led Zepplein, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Velvet Revolver, Megadeth, RHCP, Steve Vai etc. Well, this guitar is fun and plays well with most of these songs, but for those that dont go too well with this guitar, I usually substitute a Stratocaster for that. Well, I love the versatility in playing this guitar. Its thin neck allows for fast action, its medium-small but solid body for comfort. Well, I wish it had a beverage holder other than that it has everything!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Will this guitar withstand live playing? This guitar will withstand a hammer throw! Well, not that I'm going to try it, but seriously, this guitar is made for live gigs, great pickups, steady tremolo bar (although I've been used to Strat tremolo bar so I'm getting used to the high JS1200 bar) and solid strap screws so you can pull off an Yngwie Malmsteen. And about the finish, I don't know what you guys do to your guitars to make it look like badly shaved christmas ham. Guitars aren't drumsticks but I positive that the JS1200 would withstand a all your crazy guitar manuvoures!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The JS1200 is surprisingly well set up and constructed. I could only find some aging in strings E and A, but apart from that its fine
Features — 10
The JS1200 Joe Satriani Signature features a basswood body, maple neck, 22 frets, rosewood fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, Edge Pro bridge, and chrome hardware.