Price paid: $ 1800
Purchased from: Portland Music Co.
Sound — 10
I play mostly metal and this thing sounds amazing! I run it through a Crate 100W solid state head and a 4X12 Blue Voodoo Cabinet along with a Boss ME-20. With a noise gate, this guitar doesnt make extra noise very often. On the clean channel, the EMG's play like a dream, with a really full sound. On overdrive, this thing packs a punch that is more like a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick! This is probably the most versatile guitar I have ever played. The Floyd Rose is tons of fun to play with!
Overall Impression — 10
I've been playing nonstop for about 3 years now, and I like playing anything rock or metal. I also own an Epiphone les paul (doesnt't even compare) and a Crate half stack and a cheapo Fender amp. When I went shopping for this, I also tried a a usa Kelly (KE2) and this was a better guitar overall. It had a fully sound, and was a little more balanced. If this was stolen, lets just say there would be WW3, and I would "Take No Prisoners". The thing I love about it most is the locking trem... so much fun! I only wish this had a neck thru design, but then it would be a soloist. It's a great guitar, and I recommend you get one AND FAST 2008 is the final edition of the DK1.
Reliability & Durability — 10
the question isnt will this guitar withstand Live playing, it's will Live playing withstand this guitar? this thing is brutal tough, and I love it! I would definitely use this without a backup at a gig. So far, the finish has stayed perfect even with all the playing I've done on it! The Floyd Rose feels super solid on this, and the locking nuts can take a lot of force too.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar was set up almost perfectly except for one of the string locks at the bridge was bent, but that was fixed at the store, and was not a factory fault. Other than that, this thing was set up perfectly! pickups were great, the finish was great, the neck was a little dirty, but easily cleaned, and like I said everything was as perfect as perfect gets!
Features — 10
This a 2008 USA made Dinky. It has 24 jumbo frets, with a 25.5" neck of quartersawn maple which, like all Jacksons, is super thin. I bought the transparent blue model, but it comes in various solid colors and graphic as well (same set as the SL2H). The body is a dinky shape and is made of alder and is super light with a bolt on neck. The DK1 comes with a Floyd Rose original tremolo, which stays in tune perfectly. It has a tone and a volume knob along with a 3 way selector switch. It has EMG 81/85 active electronics and it sounds amazing! it has Jackson tuners. I got a Jackson/Charvel case when I bought it, but it will vary store to store.