Price paid: $ 600
Purchased from: Dealer from EBAY (NAMM leftover)
Sound — 9
I play a variety of music from 80's hair metal up to shreddable Malmstein type stuff. I got this guitar because I have an American made Jackson SLS-3 and an a mid-80's RR-1 and figured the Japanese made stuff (for like less than half the price) can't be that bad (plus I wanted to get the 81/85 sound, I had an ESP Eclipse II with this set up and the sound is just amazing)... BUT!
Overall Impression — 5
Overall - buy American if you want a Jackson and do not want the hassles of dealing with "tweaking it" from the get go. This was a real hassle and because I got it from EBAY and the dealer was out of state (across the country) I was stuck with it pretty much. I love Jackson (and Ibanez and ESP guitars) but in no way is this DKMGT half the guitar the SLS is. The sustain is not there with the bolt on neck, guitar is a lot lighter (alder? ) - might be OK to kick around with and gig with here or there but this is not a serious guitar and I am a serious musician.
Reliability & Durability — 6
This will be a back up guitar for me. Now that the neck is "right" I will use this behind my SLS in case I break a string or something. I wanted an inexpensive guitar but I did not expect to receive a "cheap guitar" and I would not have expected this from Jackson (do you guys have a QC department in Japan checking out your guitars before they ship to America or what? ).
Action, Fit & Finish — 3
This guitar came sealed in the original "Jackson Bloodline" box. I know it was display guitar at NAMM but right out of the box the neck needed to be relaxed and the 19th fret was just total junk. It was several mm's higher than the other frets. So this meant that when I adjusted the neck I could not really adjust the bridge to get really low action because the fret was "in the way." I tried to tap it down but I am not a luthier. In the end, I had to send this out to a luthier in NYC for a total fret job. This is on a guitar that is supposed to be new! It needed a $100 fret job from the factory? Jackson hello?!? Both my American made Jacksons were perfect out of the box and the SLS did not even need to be set up at by anyone, it was playable out of the case. But this Japanese Jackson came to me as complete crap!
Features — 9
This was a leftover, "display" guitar from NAMM 2010 I got from a dealer off EBAY. Made in Japan, has the active EMG's (81 & 85), a transparent black finish, has the "small pirhana inlays" on a rosewood neck which is bound and bolted on. Dinky Strat body with a single tone and volume knob. I convinced the dealer to throw in a Jackson OHSC with it (Japanese Jackson usually come with nothing or a gig bag).