Sound — 8
I am playing this guitar with a Peavey XXX 40W tube amp and no effects whatsoever. My favorite styles are rock, heavy metal, and blues. The pickups were changed to a SD Hot Rails (neck), SD Strat Lipstick Tube (middle) and SD Invader (bridge). This setup is very versatile and very powerful, and create more sounds than the standard setup which was mediocre. The sound is full and rich, with lots of grind and sustain. Some fret buzz on the low E string still remains after switching to 10-46 strings and resetting the action.
Overall Impression — 8
It's difficult to stick to owning just 1 or 2 guitars, but if you need just one guitar for rocking out and you love to shred, this one is it. If I had to do it again, I'd invest in one Jackson over $1000 and skip the upgrades on the DK2. I can't really rate this guitar a 5 since I know there is alot better out there. But I plan on having this guitar for decades to come, it's easy on the fingers and loads of fun to play.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was supplied just fine. The first moment I played this guitar I knew it was a hot rod guitar and in a totally separate class than my Yamaha Pacifica. The frets were in perfect condition and the neck felt incredibly fast. The binding and inlays on the neck are a good value for a guitar of such a affordable price.