Price paid: C$ 500
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds incredible. Although it is inexpensive, it is quite a guitar. I play mostly metal, everything ranging from metalcore like Bullet for My Valentine and As I Lay Dying to classic thrash like Metallica and even death metal. It suits all of those perfectly, in look AND sound. I find it really well suits Bullet and Metallica, two bands that use Jackson guitars. The neck pickup is a great pickup for clean tones, and it sounds almost exactly like Metallica's clean tone on my amp. I use a Line 6 Spider IV 15 and a DigiTech RP155 and they work together very well. I find it noisy when I'm playing with my band and I don't mute the strings and just kind of stand still, talking. Playing though, that wouldn't be a problem. This guitar also handles pinch harmonics excellently but you can't do any dive bombs because of it's string through body.
Overall Impression — 10
As I said, I'm a metal guitarist mainly. It's a perfect match for any metal guitarist out there, especially if you want a lower price (Use 9 gauge strings with it, they are perfect). I've been playing for a year and a half, but I get a lot of people that tell me I'm an "amazing" guitarist for that long. I own a Squier Bullet Strat, a BC Rich Kerry King Wartribe, a Yamaha FG700S, a Vantage that I bought off my friend that I know nothing about, a Line 6 Spider IV 15, a DigiTech RP155, and a lovely Planet Waves cable. Before I bought this I would've asked the people to give me a different input jack because I'm sick of those kind. If this were stolen of lost I would definitely buy another one because I can't live without this guitar. I love everything about it almost. I hate the input jack. My favorite feature would have to be the pickups though, because they sound amazing. I compared it to a couple of King V's and a Randy Rhoads, and I decided on this because of its comfortability and ability to play while sitting down. I almost wish this had a double-locking tremolo because I think it'd be awesome with one, but I don't need one because this is my tune-to-everything guitar! I do, however wish it had a different input jack.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar can withstand live playing, yes. Its hardware is a little iffy though, because on one of the tuning pegs the chrome formed a bubble that I can't get rid of, that made me mad. Also, the input is pretty bad as it is the same as a Stratocaster's. It comes loose pretty easy, but you can avoid that by screwing it in reeeeeeally well. The strap buttons haven't once come loose on me, I trust them well. I can depend on this guitar, but I don't know if I would use it in a gig without a backup, mainly because I think of this as my tune-to-everything guitar, so I use it for dropped tunings when my BC Rich with a double-locking trem can be used as a Standard tuning guitar. This guitar could handle a gig without a backup though. The finish can last, but I've chipped bits of it because I keep whacking the body into things.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar came in almost perfectly set up, except I had to adjust the Bridge a little because the high E was not working with the Bridge well. It came in perfectly tuned to Standard with the pickups adjusted very well. Everything was perfect when I got it.
Features — 8
Made in India, this guitar was made fresh when I ordered it from Fender, in May 2010. It features 24 jumbo frets with the Jackson trademark Shark fin inlays on a rosewood fingerboard. It's a solid-top basswood guitar that I bought in black with the trademark Warrior body style and Jackson headstock. The Bridge is a string-through body which gives it great sustain. The pickups are two active Jackson humbuckers, a Bridge pickup and a neck pickup. There is one volume control and one tone control. Non-locking tuners, not sure the brand. The guitar came with a couple hex wrenches, a gig bag, and an instruction manual.