Price paid: $ 1
Purchased from: ebay
Sound — 9
Sound is good there's only a few tones you will get outa this. So all you "jack of all trades and I play all styles guys" won't like this guitar. If your into metal and want a clear tone for your lead this is for you. A lot of players like to mask there tone with a crazy amount of effects and distortion. Granted you need a high gain metal tone. But if you over kill it this guitar wont sound great. It sounds best on semi high gain without a lot of effects. If your used to a wall of reverb and whatnot it's going to take awhile to learn to play using mainly your fingers and control to get a nice playing tone.
Overall Impression — 10
I play death metal, black metal. This suites me great you get a really harsh tone for rythmn sections plus a good sustain and clear sound for lead. Fast neck over all a good Jackson guitar. My only problem with this guitar is that it's becoming widely associated with the alexi laiho fan boy wanna be club. Not to diss the guy he's awesome. But I just hate possers and people who waste there talent trying to be someone else. I know this guitar is built to his specs and looks almost the same but please don't buy it for that. I'd hate to see this guitar get a reputation for a fan boy toy. it's a serious instrument for serious artists. And yeah I hope they come out with more finish options. I would like an all black with white bevs or chrome bevs, Also if this was available with a reverse head stock that would be my dream.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Ok first things first change the floyd this floyd is not good quality. When my guitar tech was changing the strings on this. He used the whammy to bend it up a bit to take out the strings. And a section of the trem cracked. I was shocked to see how poor quality the trem was, and even more so to see the kinda material it was made of. But over all that's floyds fault not Jackson. This guitar is still worth it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Well the action is low even though I tune to C F A#D#G C with gauge 11's I still get crazy low action with out there beeing string buzz or a lack of sustain. The pickups took me a while to find a new tone that suited them. I used to play with passive SD's with the mids scoped out. Now I have it up to about 3 and turned the highs down a ton. The bass punches through clear and heavy.