Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: New Music
Sound — 9
Jackons are metal, I like to play all kinds of metal, from Scorps to Slayer. Played through Crate Excaliber 90 watt head and 4X12 cab or Marshall practice amps, DS1, Multichorus, Death Metal. Love the pickups, I have the same set up in another Jackson and I put a set in my friends Jackson, the necks is really warm and the bridge is very bright. Pick harmonics are center of the pickups. The neck is fast.
Overall Impression — 10
I would like a USA through body but cant justify spending $2000 when I can buy this really great guitar for $450. The maple fingerboard with black sharkfin inlays is so cool. It's looks good next to my DK2 and Dinky HardTail. This guitar souds and plays great.
Reliability & Durability — 10
The finish seems pretty durable, I know a lot of people the play Japanese Jacksons live and I haven't heard any bad things. I tuned both my DK2 and my DK2M once and havent had to touch them.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Fit and finish is great, no flaws, paint job is beautiful. The volume nut was loose, took me 10 seconds to tighten. The guitar store set it up and used DR '9s. I like the action, very nice piece.
Features — 9
New for '06, made in Japan, cobalt blue bolt-on neck DK2M maple fingerboard with compound 14" to 16" radius, alder body. Seymour Duncan Jazz SH2N humbucking pickup in the neck, Seymour Duncan JB TB4 humbucking pickup in the bridge. Jackson 6-in-line pointed headstock, compound (14" to 16") fingerboard radius, black delrin shark fin position inlays, black binding on neck and headstock, natural headstock with black jackson logo. Master volume, master tone, floyd rose licensed Jackson low profile JT580 LP double locking 2-point tremolo, pickup switching 3-position blade.