RX10D Rhoads review by Jackson

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  • Features: 6
  • Sound: 5
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 4
  • Reliability & Durability: 3
  • Overall Impression: 5
  • Reviewer's score: 4.6 Poor
  • Users' score: 8.9 (135 votes)
Jackson: RX10D Rhoads

Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Motor City Guitar

Features — 6
This review is going to be as unbiased as possible! (this guitar is no longer made so specs may not be 100% accurate!)

- Basswood body
- Rosewood fretboard
- 22 jumbo frets
- Shark inlays
- 2 jackson passive humbucking pickups
- Red paint
- Jackson Licensed Floyd Rose
- Bolt on neck
- Jackson 6 - inline headstock
- Jackson tuners
- Chrome hardware
- Locking nut
- Cool gig bag :)
- Wrench
- Jackson strap buttons
- 1 volume 1 tone 3 way selector switch

For its very cheap price pretty good features but this is a guitar built for beginners so it deserves the score it gets.

Sound — 5
The sound is ok but always had a bit of a dried out sorta flat sound to it which drains the organics out of the tone, the pickups have no crunch but pretty good gain, the basswood isn't my favorite but I don't feel like bringing the tonewood argument in. The bridge is good for the price, it sorta stays in tune. The whammy bar likes to flop around which is one thing most guitarists don't prefer as a feature on my guitar. 22 frets is not what I prefer but if I'm right mist Rhoads nowadays only have 22 frets but that could just be me, the neck isn't bad but it is just wood on the back which is good but doesn't suit me well.

Action, Fit & Finish — 4
To get started the action was kinda high but that was an easy fix and the pickups weren't properly adjusted so that had to be fixed. The Floyd was fine but what killed it was the floppy trem bar which which I mentioned earlier. Well before I go on I have to say that the neck was set up correctly! Lastly the shielding was crappy but it is a beginners guitar which says that most beginners won't be so picky about how quiet their guitar is. For the price it is ok but with a lot of these simple errors.

Reliability & Durability — 3
It is basically meant as a guitar you play for your first few months then 1 of 3 things will happen 1. Mod 2. Put legs on it and turn it into a table 3. eBay. Taking this guitar on tour is suicide and I don't advise it. The finish is also rough, a bolt on neck (don't like those), and it also has a few tan stains on it. Lastly don't EVER count on the strap buttons buy some Dunlop strap locks you won't regret it. This guitars reliability is low but it feels solid enough.  Overall reliability is this guitar's lowest factor it just doesn't have the capability to survive a tour.

Overall Impression — 5
If you are a dedicated metal player you should leave the guitar is not built for beatings, is kinda heavy, it has weak pickups, a cheesy red finish, not balanced well, and a floppy trem bar (3rd time!). If you play rock it works, the pickups are good for that, just remember what you put in is what you get out. If your new or are interested in modding the go and buy yourself a cheap guitar like this! But if not save your money. The only feature That is great is the Rhoads shape, but again great for the money and great for beginners hope you enjoyed the review!

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