Sound — 8
I mainly play metal and shred, and for this, it's awesome! I use it in a high gain situation with an Epiphone Valve Junior and either a Boss Hyper Metal or a DOD YJM308 and an Ibanez TS9. The guitar's sound makes it perfect for most 80s shred and thrash metal. The JB is very "shrill" and seems to have a lot of presence to it with the alder body, which may not be for everyone. Due to his the guitar seems to be a bit lacking in terms of bass response, but as a whole the sound is pretty tight and rich. In the neck position, the Jazz is lack luster. it's a pretty bland sounding pickup. I would advise replacing it with something like a Duncan '59 or another JB. In it's stock setup up, you can get a nice range of sounds out of it, though as mentioned earlier it's built for metal, with high output pickups. It's clean tone is just average. It doesn't seem as full as some other guitars and pickup combinations, and tends to sound very "sharp" and tight. All and all, I would give the over driven sound about a 9, but only give the clean a 6.5, as it doesn't leave me with a great impression like it does when played into an overdriven amp.
Overall Impression — 9
I think, for '80s hair, shred, and general metal this is a great guitar. It can hold it's own against any other guitar it's price out there. One of the things I love is the build quality and the sound of it. If it were stolen, I'd track the guy down and beat the tar out of HIM for stealing it. It plays amazing, and felt nice and broken I n from day one. I would not get rid of this guitar unless my hand got cut off and I couldn't play anymore. Before buying that Ibanez or ESP/LTD I would advise you give this Jackson a look, as it is as good if not better then anything out there today.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This is one of the best parts of this guitar. The assembly is well above average. It seems like time and care was taken in the construction of the guitar, and that whoever built it knew what they were doing. I would tour with this thing. it's built like a tank. The strap buttons are excellent, and the only reason to buy strap locks would be so you can easily take off the strap. You could easily gig this without a backup, though I would bring one anyway to be safe. The finish is solid and seems like it would hold up very well. As mentioned earlier, the only bad spot on this guitar is the hardware, which while it's okay for it's price range, is below average overall and would probably need to be replaced in 5 years. Because of that I can't give this guitar a 10 in this category, which is a shame as if it wasn't for the hardware, this would be nearing the quality of guitars more then twice it's price.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar was well setup from the factory. The pickups were well adjusted, and the bridge was positioned well. Intonation could of been a tad better though. The hardware is a bit of a disappointment though. The finish on the saddles and parts of the neck plate and the neck bolts has worn after about 9 months of heavy playing. While everything works well, it's a bit disappointing. The black finish on the hardware is very thin, and comes off easily. It is also a disappointment the tuners are not locking. Otherwise, it is above average for it's price range. The clear coat is resistant to most marks and scratches. The nut was cut perfectly. The neck was straight and has not needed any adjustment yet. The overall assembly and finish of the guitar is well above average, but is let down my questionable hardware.
Features — 8
This is a 2006 Jackson DK2T. It was made in 2006 in Japan. It features a thin and fast 24 fret maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, which has MOTO sharkfin inlays. Both the headstock and fretboard are bound with a slick looking ivoroid binding. The body is a solid alder Dinky (7/8th the size of a Strat) body, and mine is finished in Crimson Swirl. It has a Tune-O-Matic bridge, with no tail piece (IE stringthrough). It features 2 Seymour Duncan Humbuckers, a Jazz in the neck and a JB in the bridge. The pickups are wired to a 3 way Strat-Style Switch, and it has a Volume and Tone control. The tuner are Jstandard Jacksons, and not locking.