Price paid: C$ 550
Purchased from: Long & McQuade Music
Sound — 10
This is one of the best guitars I've ever played. Very easy to play. Very fast. It feels like my fingers just glide over the frets perfectly. I get a very full sound. Since I'm primarily a progressive metal guitarist, I play a lot of faster, complex riffs and this guitar make them easier. Not to mention that the Floyd Rose can be used to make some great sounds without going out of tune. Basically if you play metal, this guitar will be an amazing choice.
Overall Impression — 9
For metal, you won't have a complete collection without this guitar. It was made for metal. Compared to my Ibanez RG170 and G10, my B.C. Rich Virgin and Warlock, my Washburn WG587 7-string, my Ovation Legend 2077 LX, this Jackson blows them all out of the water. It's basically the best guitar I've ever played. The only bad thing I can say about it is that if you have large hands, you may have to change your picking style a bit. I have large hands and every once in a while my hand bumps the volume knob and turns down the volume. But other than that little speed bump, this is an incredible guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is very reliable. I've used it in many gigs, most of which I didn't bring a backup, and I haven't had any problems. It's well finished and mine doesn't have so much as a scratch on it. After a couple years of playing it, it still looks just as good as it did when I got it. The strap buttons are solid in the body and can easily support the guitar. This guitar will serve you well for years.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
As far as I can tell (and I've looked over it pretty thoroughly) there is nothing wrong with how it was assemble or any of the parts used. The neck is perfectly set in the body, everything is exactly where it should be, the action is great, it's virtually flawless.
Features — 10
This is one bad-ass guitar. The 06 Japan-made DK2M Dinky Pro features 24 jumbo frets on a maple neck bolted on to an alder body. With the locking nut, excellent dives can be done with the Floyd Rose licensed trem while staying in tune. It has the basic master volume and tone knobs and a 3-way selector with EMG's (at least that's how mine was(both neck and bridge). Mine was a blue painted bengal DK2M instead of the more common solid color.