Price paid: A$ 2600
Purchased from: Bavas Music City
Sound — 7
I bought this guitar with the intention of only using it for drop tuned metal and, well, it has performed flawlessly. I've been using it through my Peavey Vypyr 75 amp without a noise gate or anything of that nature. On a high gain setting, the guitar sounds great. On a clean setting, not so great. It just feels a little weak for my liking. Its pretty clear that this guitar wasnt designed for much other than metal which, like I said before, is ok because that is the soul reason I bought it in the first place.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing for about 6 years now and this is definetly one of the best guitars I have played in that time. It suits my style down to a tee and there isn't much I would change about it. The one minor gripe I have with this guitar is that the inlays are a little plain but its not a deal breaker. The thing I love most about this guitar is definetly the finish. I chose the silver sparkle finish which obviously won't be for everyone but it really does look great in the light. If it were stolen I would definetly try and get another one, its just THAT good. All in all, if you play metal music and like the Rhoads body design, definetly consider this next time your in the market for a new guitar.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar feels like it was built to last. The input jack feels good, the strap buttons are surpisingly big and feel strong, and like I said before, the finish is flawless and seems like its going to last a long time. The guitar has a pretty basic setup due to the lack of a Floyd and there isnt really much that could go wrong with it so yeah, I would use it without backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
Out of the box, this guitar had a very low action which resulted in alot of fret buzz. The bridge pickup would also cut in an out while being used exclusivly but like the low action, was easily fixed. Other than these two minor problems the guitar is flawless. Not a single scratch, chip, or spot of rust which is always a good thing.
Features — 9
This guitar, as the name suggests, was made by Jackson in 2009(not 100% positive of the year) in conjunction with Bullet for My Valentine lead singer and guitarist, Matt Tuck. Made in Japan, it has a Rhoads design and neck-thru-body construction. The neck itself is quite thin and has 22 jumbo frets which makes it ideal for playing fast leads. It features active EMG pickups, 81 for the bridge and 85 for the neck, Sperzel locking tuners, a JT390 adjustable bridge with string-thru body, a master tone and volume knob, graphite nut, and a 3 position toggle switch. It should also be noted that it has a reversed headstock which obviously won't be to everyones liking but I personally love the look of it. It also came with a moulded case. This guitar can best be described as an RR1T with the afformentioned reversed headstock and EMG pickups rather than Seymour Duncans. The guitar comes in three finishes. White with black bevels, black with silver sparkle bevels and sivler sparkle with black bevels.