Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Lee Road Guitar Center
Sound — 9
The EMGs are remarkably quiet for passives, and still maintain output. However, the cleans are pretty bad, rolling down the knob doesn't affect the output much until you're in the 2-3 zone. The guitar is mostly for harder styles and shred, the neck pickup will make random notes sound like shredding if they're just played cleanly. I use it with various Peavey and Line 6 solid state amps, with a 12AX7 tube pre-amp in front for a warmer sound, and it rips. Holds up on low tones as well. I tuned down to B for a while with 13s and did not even have to knock the knob down 2.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, for the price, I'd say this is a really good metal guitar. While it isn't that versatile, it can sure rip up for rock or metal. Any farther and it will hiccup and die. The thick finish won't give you a good blues or jazz tone, the high gain pickups won't last for the funk and alt rock, but industrial, shred, metal, and all else will be just fine.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is very durable, it's also quite hard to make marks on the exposed wood. Unfortunately, the volume knob will get loose if you use it too much. This may just be because I use it too much or are too hard on it. I'd play without a backup. The finish is nice too, the sparkle on it makes sure that it will not look very messy when it's all wiped up into oblivion.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action out of the factory was amazing. The pickups were too low, but I guess that was just personal preference. However, for some reason there's this weird pipe on top of the truss rod that has no openings, so I can't adjust it further. Apart from that, the guitar had no real flaws. Another problem is it's headstock weight, the guitar's neck will dip if you just let it go to about a 30 degree angle. I put a few lead weights in the control panel, which was really easy because apparently the panel was routed in the factory large enough to take an a
Features — 9
No idea where this was made or when, but probably China, 2006. It has 24 frets, a string-through bridge, two EMG HZs, a very light sparkle black finish, vol/tone knobs, and a 3 way Switch. The back of the neck is maple, the fretboard is rosewood, and the body is probably alder. The bolt-neck is compensated for by a bevel in the back, and apart from that is just your Standard dinky flat-top. The headstock is shaped in the unusual Jackson 3+3 headstock. Overall, I can't really complain.