Price paid: $ 299.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
I mainly play hard rock, metal and punk. But I dabble in a little bit of everything I guess. I play this through a Line 6 Spider III 75 Watt. I was very surprised at the quality of the stock pick-ups. It comes with 2 Jackson CVR2 humbuckers. I replaced the bridge pick-up with a Dimebucker after having it for about 6 months. The stock pick-up started to sound muddy to me. I still use the neck pick-up all the time though. I can pull off pinch harmonics very well with this guitar as well.
Overall Impression — 10
My overall impression is well impressed. It's a very good match for the style of music I play. I've been playing for 1 year and like, 6 months (don't judge). If it were lost(who loses a guitar) or stolen, I would definatly replace it assuming I had the cash. Before I got this I used a borrowed Ibanez S370, the Ibanez has a Floyd Rose, but besides that, this guitar blows it away in every category(except maybe the pickup switch).
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've accidently knocked this guitar so many times while not paying attention do where I'm going. It still looks like the day I got it. No scrapes, bumps or dents. I don't need strap-locks because the strap buttons hold up very well. The paint seems like it's gunna hold up for a VERY long time. I can definatly depend on this guitar. I wouldn't use it without a back-up just because I wouldn't use anything without a back-up unless I had to.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Since I got this guitar out of the store it did not come with the factory setting due to people getting to mess with it. However even if it did, I would still adjust it to my liking, no matter how perfect it was. I had to raise the pick-ups and lower the actions just a bit. Nothing that 30mins of tweaking can't fix. The ONLY flow I can find with this guitar is the pick-up Switch could be a little smoother.
Features — 8
The Jackson JS30RR plays as good as it looks. This guitar has 24 jumbo fret with Dot inlays. The body is made of Alder and it has a Bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. Mine comes in a sleek black finish which collects fingerprints like crazy, but that's expected. Because this is as far as I know, the cheapest Rhoads you can buy, it's lacking in the features department compared to some of the more pricey models. But that's not to say this guitar is bad at all. The Tune-O-Matic bridge makes it very easy to adjust your action and feels very natural. The jack is located right where you would place your guitar on your leg, so unless you want to deal with that, but a right angle jack! This will solve that problem. This guitar does not have any kind of tremelo system, so if you need one, go look somewhere else for one.