Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: used music store
Sound — 10
This guitar is perfect for playing metal, or actually any type of rock, and even some blues. I use a 75 watt Line 6, set to insane mode (really metal), and just thrash forever. I play many other genres of music (rock, blues, punk, everything) and it performs perfectly for those as well.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall this is the best guitar you will ever get for 400 or 500 bucks. The pickups are fantastic, and this is just a really fun guitar to play. I recommend it for metal, but it would work for anything. The tremolo is absolutely fantastic, and I would say this guitar has better sound than my friends Gibson SG ($700). When buying this guitar I thought it had EMG 81s as advertised in AMS, but when I saw it didnt I bought it anyway; I had played it in the store and loved it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Everything seems lasting, except for the volume knob seems like it would easily come off but I would still trust it during a show.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was perfect, everything was perfect actually, right out of the store, I didnt need to adjust anything. The neck is straight, there is one small blemish but thats because I bought it used(nothign for you to think about) other than that the guitar looks beautiful). Really shiny.
Features — 9
This is a fantastic japanese made 2005 model Jackson DXMG. It has 24 frets, has a thin, very fast neck, maple neck, black quilted top. It looks like a Dinky (Strat), and has a great licensed floyd rose tremolo. Volume and tone knobs, 3-way pickup selector. The pickups are amazing emg hz h4s, the sustain is perfect, I never get feedback, and pinches sound perfect. As with most floyd rose guitars, there are locks before the head to prevent the guitar from going out of tune. I absolutely love this feature, and to tune it you just have to unlock it with an allen wrench (very easy).