Sound — 9
I run this guitar through a Marshall MG50DFX. I play thrash, black, death, power, and good old heavy metal. It sounds great with a high gain setting, and it is a naturally bright guitar. When I first plugged it in, I immediately turned down the highs, and mids and my amp. When I played my Les Paul I always tried to get a bright sound, but I needed lots of EQ. This guitar makes it so much easier to get my sound. On the clean channel, the pickup sometimes distorts the sound, so I need to keep my gain low. It is, again, very bright, so fingerpicking may be a good way to go, if you want a moderate sound. There is really no way for a warm clean with this guitar, so if you depend on a warm clean, try something else. But I assume that if you want this guitar, you want to rock out, and this thing will deliver. A much more professianal sound from this, than my LP. Less buzz, and an overall better sound. The trem is awesome, and sounds great, you do all the Dimebag stuff with it. Awesome sounding guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
For metal, this is a great axe. I'm 13, I've played for 3 years, and it suits me perfect. I wouldn't mind another pickup, just for toggle swiching, to turn it off, but the volume knob is easy to reach and turns down quickly. This thing kicks my Epiphone Les Pauls ass big time, and I'd buy it again if it was stolen. Overall great axe!
Reliability & Durability — 9
I have yet to play this guitar Live, but I will in a couple weeks. I would think that it will withstand Live playing, but I will carry my LP as a backup, just to be safe, and I'll use for alternate tunings. The guitar seems very solid, the strap buttons look good, but I already put straploks on it to be careful. Looks very reliable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I got this guitar it looked very solid. After I brought it home, I needed to tighten up the volume pot, as it was already loose. It has incredible action, I love it. The intonation is out, so I will need to get that fixed. The finish is great, and reallt stands out. When I played it in the music store, people would look at it once, then look away real quick, not wanting to stare. It will turn heads, without a doubt.
Features — 8
The Jackson RR24 Rhoads. Part of Jackson's Pro series, made in Japan, and is a brand new model for 2007. It is available in white w. black bevels, black w. red bevels, or (what I bought) black w. yellow bevels. I will give it an 8 in this category, because it has only 1 pickup, but the body and bridge are excellent. The one pickup suits me fine, but it may not attract other people.