Sound — 10
I play Neoclassical Metal, and in all fairness, this guitar far exceeeds the standards. I use a Roland Micro Cube for practicing, and a Line6 Spider II for performing, with a DigiTech Metal Master and Dunlop Classic Crybaby, and the quality cuts through smoothly. It produces the perfect blend of treble and middle outputs, with just the right amount of bass to palm mute with. The pickup alone goes to show you why no switching or tone controlling is neccessary.
Overall Impression — 10
As you've been told, I play Neoclassical Metal, which is the style such as Children Of Bodom, Sinergy, DragonForce, or Cacophony. I've been playing for about a year and a half. I also own a Gibson Les Paul L-6S, an ESP Custom Flying V, a BC Rich Warlcok SE, an Ibanez RG, and a Fender Stratocaster Special. If this guitar were stolen, I'd reorder it and cry myself to sleep, I love this guitar almost as much as my fiance. I love absolutely everything about it, and hate nothing. This guitar was designed after the stolen custom Alexi Laiho acquired from Stone's Jiri. I love it the way it is, and wouldn't want it any other way. Jackson's custom shop is the best place to go for your custom.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The only thing I dislike about the reliability, is that since the neck is painted, it can be harder to go up and down the fretboard quickly, but that can always be fixed with some peripherals. The hardware gold plating will wear off eventually, but I've only had that happen after about 5 years of playing, so it's not really a problem. The only reason I'd use a backup perfoming, is because the bridge setup causes it to mistune after a while, but if it were Tune-O-Matic, there wouldn't be any such conflict.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar, sense it was custom made, was produced with the utmost profession. The pickups and electronics were perfectly coordinated, as well as the rest of the instrument. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this beast. It handles very well and puts out like no other. Only a Gibson can barely match the quality, if that.
Features — 10
2006 Model, made in the US, this guitar includes a 24 small-fretted ebony scalloped faingerboard. With an alder body and 3-piece maple neck, this beauty sings to you. It has a full-body black finish with yellow pianted bevels, not a pinstripe. It features an original floyd rose locking tremolo system, with one volume control and a single EMG 81 active humbucker. It's finished off with Gotoh tuners and straplocks, and all hardware is gold.