Price paid: $ 1600
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 10
This thing is the best sounding metal guitar I have ever played. People say you can play metal on a Les Paul well this guitar says your paul sounds like shit doing it. The olny thing that comes close to this thing in tone is my Handmade BC Rich. But it dosent end with the metal sound. The JB pup also dosent do a to shabby of a job playing some jazz and blues too. Its not the classic blues or jazz sound it kind of has its own unique spin on it. The notes are clearer and its more punchy. I put this guitar up aganst a Les Paul Standard in a sastian test and it won. This thing sastains for days. They Floyd Rose dosent kill it ether, whoever says that is a moron.
Overall Impression — 9
For a metal guitar this is the king. In 10 years of playing I haven't found anything that sounds better than this guitar for metal. And its better than most for doing other styles too. If it were lost or stolen I would find it, stab the guitar through the person who stole it, then proceed to play "A Lesson In Violence" with them still impaled through the guitar. Ok Les Paul fans this is were I own you. don't tell me you can't compare the paul to this. You say you can play metal well on your pauls. So I compared it to the Les Paul Standard and the Gibson V. This guitar had a better sound. The notes were clearer and the attack was far better. The playability of this guitar wipes the floor with them(the olny guitar that I've played that was better playability wise is my B.C. Rich Handmade). Sustain wise this guitar was better than both, Floyd Rose and all. The finger boards on the 2 gibsons were sticky and I felt sluggish playing them, while the King V was smooth and easy to play on (this is because of the ebony board). The Jackson King V out classes both Gibsons by far in both playability and sound. The finish on the Jackson was better too (I also think the lightning sky paint job is cool as well). Now don't give be the you can't compare argument because its 2 diffrent guitars. Because the Jackson also sounded better doing clean stuff as well.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This was my main guitar for 3 years. Its played over 100 shows and recorded 2 albums and is still going strong. I still use it live along with my BC Rich today. Jackson has some of the best strap buttons but I still replaced them with straplocks. I do this on all my guitars. The finish is tough on this one. I've bashed it who knows how many times and aside from a tiny chip on the end of the v nothing. Using a Floyd Rose Equpied guitar without a back up is dumb. But if it had no trem I would use it without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action on the King V is extra low. The pups were adjusted right and the paint job is flawless. Their were a few problems on this guitar. One of the screws for the truss rod cover was stripped out. And the Bridge pup wasent grounded properly. But other that that nothing major.
Features — 10
This is a 2007 USA made King V with 24 jumbo frets. Its neck thru with a compound raidus ebony finger board with sharkfin inlays. The neck is quatersawn hard rock maple. The body is alder and has the lightning sky paint job (witch is bad a-s). The Bridge pup is a Seymor Duncan Scott Ian sig and the neck is a JB. The Floyd Rose Orignal trem round out the Features of this guitar.