Price paid: $ 4500
Purchased from: Guitar Asylum
Sound — 10
I play metal and that is what this guitar has been designed for!!! the pickups give great low end for harsh riffs and the screaming solos I want. The sound is crisp with no background noise. it's perfect for anyone Who loves pulling squealing harmonics and whammy bar techniques. I play this through either a marshal stack or a Peavey bandit combo. I use a AKG wireless, BBR enhancer, Alesis compressor/gate, Behringer equaliser and LC electronic multi effects.
Overall Impression — 10
This guitar is perfect for the metal I play, which is mainly Children Of Bodom, Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall. I've been playing for just shy of 10 years now, my other guitars are a Dean razorback, Gibson SG Standard, Ibanez jem, bc rich mockingbird, Richwood les paul and they are nothing compared to the Jackson. If stolen I would get the same model straight away (once I get the insurance money because without that I couldnt afford it again!! ). I love the way it play mostly and the way it look. I already he only thing I hate that I can't play it 24/7. I already knew I wanted this model, but when I saw the nuclear graphic I knew it had to be this one
Reliability & Durability — 9
It will withstand Live playing, the only real problems I have had is one of the tone knobs is becoming tempermental and if I stop playing it for a couple of weeks the Floyd Rose gets a bit "rusty". I wouldn't use it at a gig without a backup because, well, that's just stupid because things that have nothing to do with the guitar itself can go wrong e.g. snapping a string.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I got it I was amazed to find the guitar was set up perfectly; the intonation and action were perfect. Because it was custom made it has been cut with the utmost Precision and I couldnt find a flaw. The fretboard is quick and the pickups are well placed. the only real problem that may arise is if you a person Who sticks their fingers out on their picking hand where you may hit the volume control (as I tuck my fingers most of the time it doesnt't matter to me), so this maybe something you may want to look at before buying.
Features — 10
NAMM 2006 USA "Nuclear Rhoads" custom shop by Mike Learn, 1 of 10 produced (5 with EMG 81 + 85 actives, 5 with the seymour duncuns). Mine is the EMG model. It has 22 jumbo frets with the Shark fins, neck-thru-body quartersawn maple, ebony fretboard and black Floyd Rose original.