Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
When the guitar does work properly it sounds great, it has a great cutting edge for lead, and a low crunchy tone for rhythm, which surprised me because of it's lightweight. It can be as loud as you need it to be, with the right equipment, but it can maintain a quiet sound without sacrificing any tone. The clean channel is also incredibely clear and has great tone. It can go from raw and cutting to low and crunchy with the flick of a switch and turn of a knob. Keep in mind though that the sound doesn't always work like it should. The rating is an 8 for when it does work, but not a 10 because, as I said, it doesn't always work. As a lead singer and lead guitarist in a thrash metla band, this suits my needs, when it freeking works.
Overall Impression — 5
I play in a thrash metal band, and as I have already said, when it works..the guitar is truly a fine piece of work, buyt for the most part there eems to be something missing. I wish I could find out what it is because I would love to begin playing it only a normal basis, but I don't see this happening anytime soon. I have owned it for about 4 years, and it was my main guitar for a year and a half. However, I got pissed off with it's unreliability and bought a Studio Gibson Les Paul, it's been my main guitar ever since, no backups on stage, and no problems. Pros: body, pickups, sound quality (when it decides to work), tone control, floyd rose. Cons: it goes out of tune constantly (in the time it has taken you to read this sentence, the guitar has gone out of tune), gets dirty easily, not worth $699.99, basically Jackson made a rare mistake.
Reliability & Durability — 6
The guitar withstood somewhere around 20 shows or so without a problem, but after that it went downhill. The hardware is a focal point of the guitar, stainless steel. The strap buttons are extremely thick and dependable, I have yet to drop it and I have not put straplocks on it yet. As for would I play it live without a backup, no, not by any means, especially after my dissappointing experience with it. As a matter of fact, I only use it when recording lead guitar tracks, excellent cut.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Overall the finish is gorgeous. Everything appears to be in it's place, but as we already know, something is wrong.Just so readers don't think it is only my axe that's not working, I have had similar experiences on friend's Warriors.
Features — 6
The guitar is beautiful, it gets dirty very easily but it's also very easy to clean. The body is extremely lightweight and the neck is really thin, very fast. But here are the downsides to it: It goes out of tune almost constantly, I literally tune it, plug it, and it is already out of tune, I'm not joking. It also doesn't always respond to what you play, at first I thought it was the battery, but I switched it out and it still didn't work. I'll be rather honest with you, the first time you play it, it will be a wonderful experience, but after a while, you grow bored and move on. It's moderately priced, so it's really not a big deal in that category, but then again I will be calling Jackson for my refund.