Price paid: $ 400
Purchased from: She-Bay
Sound — 8
I like the heavy stuff - this guitar is made for this style of music for sure. Drop D tuning is handled with little fret buzz difference. I have this thing on a Carvin micro stack VM3 and it sounds great for all types of metal. The 81/85 combo is perfect for this setup. Sometimes I feel teh low ends sound a bit too muddy, but woth some amp adjustments, I feel you can get around it.
Overall Impression — 9
I like it and I would buy another if I were in the market. A really good bang for your buc. I have been playing for 20 years - but I am partial to Jackson. The only thing I don't like - is I wish the tuners were able to be locked. Overall impression, if you are not a beginner and like heavy music and do not need a stupid tremolo; this is the guitar for you!
Reliability & Durability — 8
It appears to be a little fragile, but I am coming off of a Charvel model II 1987. That thing is a beast and really well made. I think this axe can withstand the long haul however. Finish has not been blemished as of yet - but I don't want to drop to test it out. The strap buttons seem really solid actually.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action is unbelievably low from the factory. I just messed around to see if I could get lower while riding on teh fret buzz border line - but they have already nailed it. All the hardware appears to be either zinc or chrome - so I doubt any pre mature oxidizing will take place.
Features — 7
2010 Jackson SLSMG Soloist made in Japan, 24 frets, ebony fretboard, solid mahogany top, thru neck design, satin finish, fixed bridge, active electronics, volume / tone, dual humbuckers 81/85, and came with a hard shell case. I like the solid black look - It just looks demonic.