Price paid: $ 494
Purchased from: Alans Music
Sound — 10
So, I play a whole lot of everything, ranging from chuck berry to megadeath, and as far as sound goes I'd say this guitar has everything you could ever want for those tones, and everythin in between. I'm playing this through a Crate GT65 and a Crate 4X12 Cab, with a whole bunch of effects pedals. From what I can gather after having played it for around about a year, it has a all round fuller sound, perhaps a little on the dark side for some styles, but it'll still pull it off if you try hard enough.
Overall Impression — 9
Like I said before I play everything, and I play in a screamo-ish band, this guitar is capable of every style more or less, but it excells in metal and punk. If someone stole this, I'd first find them and kill them, the go right ahead and buy the next model up, just for the pickups. I've been through about 7 guitars in two years, starting with some dodgy samicks, up to a couple of Ibanez's and an Epiphone SG, but I've found perfecting in this guitar and a J&D LP. The only real flaw with this guitar is it's sub-par stock pickups, but that can be fixed with one quick replacement job, then you'll be set for the best guitaring experience of your life.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar can and will withstand Live playing, I play in a band similar to SOTY, not only in sound, but stage presence too, so as you can tell this guiatr definitly gets a beating, especially when my "crew" manage not to catch it when I throw it to them. I've got the ol' strap locks on it after an unfortunate guitar spin incident where my singer got knocked out. As a rule I'll never play a gig without a backup, for two reasons, saves me from changing tunings on stage, and incase I destroy one of my guitars. But if it was entirely neccesary I would and could play Live with this lil number.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I got the guitar in damn near perfect condition, then the next day I somehow dropped it and, suspense, it's still perfect. The pickup heights were a lil off, and the action was a little to high for my liking. Apart from those minor flaws, the thing was all set up n ready to go straight outta the shop.
Features — 9
Aiight, mine is a 2006 model Jackson JS20DK, it's your basic 22 fret neck with a rosewood fingerboard, the body is super-Strat style solid basswood with a metallic blue finish. Mine has and original double locking floyd rose trem, though you can get them with a Tune-O-Matic stoptail. The stock pickups were pretty average passive pickups, so I swapped 'em for an EMG 81 set. It's comes with one tone and one volume control and a 3 way blade selector, it's got locking grover tuners.