Purchased from: MusiciansFriend
Sound — 9
I use a Marshall MG100 Half Stack with digital effects. When I got this guitar I thought it would sound real heavy, and I played it and it sounded just plain normal. I had to mess with the controls a bit to get a heavier sound, but I think it's because my amp does not have all that much gain. If I played it on my friend's Crate combo amp, then it would be suitable for metal, but my Marshall just doesn't sound the same.
Overall Impression — 10
I play every kind of rock I can think of. I have played for over a year. Better guitars have somehow helped me play better. This guitar is easier to play on than my old guitar, an Epiphone G-400. It also would always go out of tune and it frustrated me to no end. I can honestly say I hate nothing about my Jackson. If it could have anything, I would want it to have a set neck, but still probably unfinished. I think a set neck sounds better, but I settled for the DK2.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'm expecting to play this guitar at school somewhere around February in a talent show with my band. Just by playing this guitar I trust that the hardware will last and it will not go out of tune every five minutes. The strap buttons it came with were alright, but I decided to put the Schaller strap locks I had on it just in case. I am not the gentlest with guitars, but I don't think it will show.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I got this guitar and it was already tuned to Eb, but I tuned it back to stnadard because that's how I play most songs. The strings buzz a tad around the first few frets, I might take it to a nearby GuitarCenter and have them set it up so there isn't any buzzing for a price. I bought the DK2 in the Eerie Swirl color, which I was not sure about because of how much it looked purple on the site, but then I went to a guitarshop and saw it and decided. I was going to get the Crimson Swirl, but I didn't like the chrome hardware. There were absolutely no flaws in the finish at all. Fingerprints and smears haven't been any problem at all.
Features — 10
The DK2 is made in Japan. It has 24 frets and a very thing/fast neck that is great. It has and alder body and rock maple bolt on neck. It's shaped kinda like a Strat, in my opinion, like one on steroids. It comes with a Floyd Rose liscensed bridge. When mine arrived I was very dissapointed to find out that they forgot to send me the tremolo bar. It has a 5-way pickup selector, and the first just turns the sound off completely which is nice. It has one volume and one tone knob, which is really all it needs.