Price paid: £ 2400
Sound — 10
Unlike a lot of guitars made for the hard rock market, this guitar is not a one trick pony, the PC1 offers a diverse range of tones and versatility, whether this be funk, pop, blues or hard rock/metal. The PC1 is a favorite among many Nashville Session players for this reason. The guitar sound is well balanced and does not lose volume when switching between pick ups. The guitar is very warm sounding and crisp. The sustainer is cool and allows you to hold a note for ever, very useful when playing the intro to "Foxey Lady" or "Parisenne Walkways".
Overall Impression — 10
If you are a Phil Collen fan, than this is the ultimate guitar, however if you are not a Phil Collen fan, then look no further, this is still the ultimate rock guitar. It looks cool, feels cool and sounds cool. The ultimate super strat. I have been playing for 15 years and owned many different guitars, this guitar without question is a keeper.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will last guaranteed, it is built like a tank, you instantly know the PC1 is worth the money you paid for it when you pick it up. The only thing that is likely to fade in the coming years is the gold hardware, however this is no different to any other guitar with gold hardware. Although Fender now owns the Jackson company, Jackson USA still continues to make top quality instruments.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory set up was good compared to other guitar makers, like all new guitars it is worth getting it set up by a professional guitar tech to benefit from the guitar's full potential. The natural wood finish is awesome, if like me you opted for the natural finish you won't have to worry about buckle rash or general paint flaws ever again. The neck feels slick and solid.The workmanship over all is top notch.
Features — 10
2011 model, Made in the USA, PC1 Phil Collen artist signature model. - Body Shape: Dinky - Beautiful maple cap and mahogany body - 24 jumbo frets - Fretboard Flame maple with rolled edges - Radius: 12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm) - Neck Material: Bolt-On Quartersawn Maple - Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm) - Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm) - Strat shaped headstock - Pickup Configuration: H/S/S - Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio Super 3 Humbucking Pickup - Middle Pickup: DiMarzio HS2 Stacked Humbucking Pickup - Neck Pickup: Jackson Sustainer/Driver - 18-Volt Jackson Sustainer System - Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, Intensity Control (for sustainer) - Hardware: Gold-Plated - Bridge: Floyd Rose Original Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo - Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Tuners - String Nut: Floyd Rose Original Locking Nut - Auxiliary Switching: Two Mini Toggle Switches - Sustainer/Driver On/Off Switch Fundamental/Harmonic/Blend Switch.