Purchased from: Amazon.com[Sam Ash]
Sound — 10
I play mainly heavy and thrash metal (think Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath) and at the price this is the guitar for me. I ran it through a Marshall 15W, and the guitar does absolutely what I want it to do. On clean, it is wonderfully smooth, and with the distortion turned on it is a crazy monster! Master Of Puppets, Iron Man, get the crunch and insanity they deserve. Very fast neck, superb for soloing!
Overall Impression — 9
As mentioned above, I play metal and this guitar is a perfect match! For USD300, you'd be hard pressed to find a better axe for you metallic needs, amd with the actual performance, you get killer looks and the hallowed Jackson name. If it were stolen or lost I would definitely buy it again! I love the variety of sounds it makes, it's awe-inspiring looks and the top-quality fretboard. Before buying this I looked at an Epiphone LP and a Gibson Flying V, but the price and looks clinched it for me. If you are a beginner or moderately experienced, this guitar is great for you (the only requirement being you play metal). I highly recommend it!
Reliability & Durability — 8
Going by looks alone, this is a stage guitar. I can picture crowds going crazy at the aggresive look and finish. The hardware seems pretty sturdy, but as I have had the guitar for only a week, I can't say for sure if it will last live playing. The finish is very pleasing, it not only looks good, but also seems durable. Top-class!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar arrived well set-up but badly out of tune. All the strings were tuned atleast ten steps down! I have heard of people complaining of a slightly high action, but mine suits me well. The pickups (2 monster Jackson humbuckers) perform perfectly, and arrived well-adjusted. The 3-way switch gives you the freedom for soloing or delivering crushing riffs. My guitar was in perfect condition, and had no flaws at all.
Features — 8
Made in 2006 in India. This monster has 24 jumbo frets and a rosewood fretboard that is super-fast for this price range. The body is very solid looking and feeling, and the finish is near flawless! it's a great shiny black colour, with the only problem being that it does attract dust and fingerprints. String thru body bridge which I was already used to, so no problems there. Controls are really basic, and I deducted points for that; I found just master volume and tone selection slightly deficient, but I really cannot complain after the amazing price!