Price paid: £ 310
Sound — 9
If you are going to play an acoustic or clean style with this guitar you are wasting your time, the pickups aren't brilliant for a clean setting as you still get a bit of a distorted sound coming through. I am using a Morley pwo power wah pedal and a Marshall MG100DFX combo amp with this guitar. It still sound quality is still really good but if you want that extra crisp sound buy something a little less metal like? This guitar is suited from classic rock to your death metal, the humbucker pick ups make harmonics very easy to do and if you combine the harmonic with the Floyd Rose tremelo they sound awesome. With my old guitar the amount of background noise you got from sitting infront of a computer was just stupid however with this guitar you will get next to no background noise, don't be put off by this as if you want feedback to kick in at a gig it will still happen. The sound quality is brilliant for a heavier style however if you want something a little quieter this guitar isnt for you.
Overall Impression — 10
I play mainly classic rock and a bit of metal. For these styles this guitar is simply brilliant. Compared to my first guitar the Westfield E1000 Strat there is nothing in it. Two completely different ends of the spectrum. The only thing is with this guitar is it is top heavy so your left arm sometimes aches a bit when doing a long gig.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is very reliable, I would definately use it withought a back up at a gig. The finish is very good however if knocked around a bit it could wear off. It could be made a little more durable but you just have to be carefull where you are slinging it around.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar is made very well however it is very easy to knock the fins of the 'V' as they are really long! I only had a very minor problem when I got mine and this was the volume knob wasn't screwed on properly, this is easily fixed by twisting the screw on the knob with a jewellers screwdriver. I haven't had any other problems with it. When I was looking at buying this guitar I got put off slightly because the Floyd Rose "goes out of tune easily". It will if you get the spring/string tensions wrong but if they are equal it stays in tune for ages. Just don't keep learning songs in different tunings as it takes a good half an hour to tune it properly that is the only downfall. The finishes Jackson can supply are just astounding. This guitar looks good in any finish.
Features — 10
I'm not too sure when this guitar was made but I stumbled across it last year when looking to buy a new one for christmas. It is made in japan (so the sticker on the back of the neck tells me) and has 24 jumbo frets which really do make a difference to what you are playing. It has a bolt-on maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. it has shark fin inlays that just look awesome and a Jackson Licensed Floyd Rose Low Profile Tremolo for the odd divebomb. It has 2 Duncan Designed pickups which sound tasty. 2 control knobs (volume and tone).