Purchased from: american musical supply
Sound — 5
I play metal (rhythm and lead). This guitar is all about metal. I use a Behringer gmx 212 amp. My amp sounds like it's holding back a little. A distortion pedal might help a little but I think the source of the problem is the pickups in this guitar. Authentic duncans would probably make my amp roar, and therefore I wouldn't need a pedal. The pickups aren't really too hot. The tone knob works great, I can really hear a difference when turning it. The volume knob is another story. It goes from loud to nothing, no graduation. I can't hear much difference when moving the pickup switch, again this could be the pickups fault. This guitar sounds ok, but with better pickups it would be insane.
Overall Impression — 8
I'm crazy about the V. It's vecious. Totally metal. I was in awe when I got this guitar. It's extremely comfortable to play while standing, not so much sitting, but Who cares. I'm replacing the pickups with a Duncan distortion in the bridge and a Duncan '59 in the neck. This will probably be the best guitar I've ever played when that's done. It's built well, with good materials (except the pickups).
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is scary tough. It has the same effect as a gun on most people. They're flat out scared to hold it. The woods are great. All the knobs are solid and the pickup Switch is real nice. I already said I didn't like the pickups. Better tuning knobs might make a small amount of difference. I play pretty rough, and the guitar keeps it's tune pretty well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar felt good when I first got it, but after changing the strings a few times and not being careful the bridge got altered. I could easily fix this myself if I knew how. The pickups on it are kinda low. I heard there thould be a space of about 1/8 of an inch when pressing the strings on the highest fret. My guitar has a space of more than a 1/4 inch. Not too good. This can all be fixed very quickly at a guitar shop for about $40 if you don't know how to do it yourself. My guitar was nicked at the point of one of the wings. I knew it was a dent and scratch model. Other than that the guitar was in great condition. The neck is very comfortable for my style: fast, technical rhythms and atmospheric leads. I love the way my picking forearm rests on the wing when I'm playing.
Features — 6
I don't know when this guitar was made. I got it in July of 2006. It was a dent and scratch model. No biggie, just a minor chip. It must have been made a while ago though, because Jackson has been putting tremolos on the x series for a while now. Mine doesn't have the tremolo. 24 frets, jumbo. Maple neck, rosewood fret. Alder body, bolt-on maple neck, just like a $1200 Fender. Glossy finish. V-shape. String thru body. 1 volume 1 tuner and a 3 way Switch. 2 humbuckers, duncan designed. Jackson tuners.