Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: Dude in Cali
Sound — 10
I play a lot of metal, and this guitar screams. It works perfectly and I have a achieved a sound that is reminiscent of Metallica and Megadeth though my Berhinger GMX 212 amp, and I'm not using any effects pedals. It has a raw, thrashy sound with a good full tone, which is what I was hoping for and I love it. it's not noisy at all when using the humbucker. Although I use it primarily for metal it is a quite versatile guitar and can achieve a great clean sound and a great classic rock tone. It can also pull of wicked dive bombs and pinch harmonics. Overall, it is a great sounding versatile guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a perfect match for The Music I play, metal. I've been playing for a year now and play for at least 3 hours a day and I only tune this about once a month. If this were to be stolen I would definitely buy another Jackson, because of the quality and workmanship. I love everything about it, there's nothing to not like. y favorite thing about this machine is it's versatility, t can play anything from Zepplin to Children Of Bodom, I had looked at other guitars before this, particularly ESP's and they almost always had a factory default, this thing is perfect. I chose this because it suited my playing style and skill level and had incredible bang for the buck. The only thing I wish it had was a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker at the bridge, but thatd shoot the price way up.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar blows minds when playing Live, no hardware has ever come loose, nothing has ever gone wrong with this beauty, the strap buttons are completely solid (which was a problem on my last guitar) and never came loose. I would bet my life that I would never need a back up when gigging with this masterpiece. The finish had only been scratched once, because I banged it off the wall pretty damn hard, it doesn't have and lick markings and there's No Doubt in my mind the finish will last as long as the guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on this thing is perfect, although there's a bit of fret buzz near the top, but it is inaudible when the amp is at a decent volume. The pickups are adjusted perfectly for metal and everything is in good working order. The bridge was routed fine and there were no imperfections what'soever, there were no crooked pick ups or loose pieces at all. Perfect right outta the factory.
Features — 9
Was made in Japan, not sure when, I think it's an 06, it has 24 frets and a nice maple neck. The body is alder with a laminated top that sounds top notch. it's a Strat style guitar but with the Jackson headstock that could take an eye out. Mine has a gloss black finish and looks great with the dark rosewood fingerboard. It has a Jackson floating bridge made for them by Floyd Rose and amazingly good sounding duncan designed pick-ups that are passive. It has a 5 way selector, a volume knob, and 2 tone knobs. It has locking tuners, but I'm not sure Who makes them. All the hardware is chrome and looks amazing with the gloss black finish. Mine came with a hard case, patch cord and a few picks cus I got it second hand.