Price paid: $ 2175
Purchased from: American Musical Supply
Sound — 10
The sound is very bright and clean on the high end, while still moderately thick with the neck p/u (it doesn't have the heavy muddiness of a Les Paul, certainly, but that is not really expected out of an RR anyway). Excellent sound for metal, IMHO, but of course that's subjective and the RR1 could very easily be a great match for other styles of play, though the looks of the guitar might obviously be an issue for some genres. Sustain is typical of guitars with OFR's. No noticable noise what'soever.
Overall Impression — 10
My tastes lean toward the harder elements of rock, and this guitar is a great match. I've been playing on and off (mostly off) for 20+ years. Past and present toys include late-80's Gibson SG and LP Studio, and more recently an Epiphone LP Custom and this RR1. I'm very, very glad I bought this RR1, as it's a great instrument and well worth the extra hundreds of dollars over the lower end stuff. No regrets, I'd buy it over again no questions asked. All that BS about uncomfortable sitting positions and nosedives is a bunch of crap. If you buy a $2000+ guitar and use a thin nylon strap that is your problem, lol. It's the most comfortable guitar I've ever had and adjusting to it has definitely improved my playing. It's damn near perfect the way it is and I've never wished it had anything it currently doesn't! Lol Thanks Randy!
Reliability & Durability — 10
What can I say? It feels plenty solid to me, well put together. Nothing is loose, nothing rattles. No complaints or concerns of any sort. I couldn't be happier with overall build quality- $2175 isn't cheap, but I definitely feel that I got my money out of it. Many thousand dollar guitars are of questionable build quality these days- why not just save a bit more for a great one? That extra few hundred dollars will buy you a lifetime of pride and enjoyment. If you stick with playing for a few years, you'll end up wanting and buying a high end guitar anyway. I regret the money I spent on my other new guitar, an Epiphone LP Custom. It's mainly a dust-gatherer nowadays, and feels like a 1970's Plymouth station wagon compared to the Ferrari that is the RR1.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action is wicked and it plays like a dream. The factory setup was fair- I don't consider this a flaw in the guitar, though. Construction is wonderful throughout- everything is snug & solid, no aesthetic flaws. Attention to detail is excellent- I got what I paid for. Typical problem areas where flaws are commonly found (as on my $750 Epiphone LP Custom), such as poorly seated pots and pooling of finish at the neck joint are non-existent on the RR1. P/U selector Switch is occasionally tempermental (poor connection somewhere) and requires a bit of jiggling once in a while when switching p/u's. Otherwise, perfect.
Features — 10
Manufactured in Ontario, California 2008. Snow white Pearl with black pinstripes. It has 22 jumbo frets, maple neck-thru construction with ebony fretboard, alder body. Original Floyd Rose & passive Seymour Duncan p/u's. Hard Jackson case included. Purchased from American Musical Supply online. No problems with shipping or damage along the way.