Price paid: $ 760
Purchased from: Dream Music Sydney
Sound — 9
I play mostly metal, hard rock, instrumental stuff. The HZ's sound awesome on distortion, but are a bit weak on clean. If you put it through some pedal like a chorus I'm sure the clean would improve heaps. You can tell Metallica use EMG's for their clean sounds, the tone is similar. I never use the tone knob cos I hate it, but the neck pickup is great for sweeping and solos, and the bridge gives the cutting rhythm for metal. It doesn't hum when it's put through my Metalzone, except for when you put the gain knob up to about halfway, with the distortion on max. Any band that uses EMG's, you should be able to get that tone from this guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
I've been playing a 2 years, and this was my first decent guitar. It tottally kicks arse. It's definitely a shred machine, but can handle clean as well. It just looks a bit stupid playing a really soft song on a guitar that's meant to kill people. If it was stolen, I would buy a different Jackson, probably a kelly because it has Seymours.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will definitely withstand Live playing, as it's obviously meant to. Strap buttons are sturdy. Stays in tune, when set up right. I've bumped it a couple of times and no paint chipped of, but I'm very careful with it since it is a very easy guitar to bump, since the giant back wing where your right arm goes is huge.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Awesome action and feel from the get go. I bought it from a really good music shop so it was even in tune, and the strings were worn in a little. I lowered the action a bit cos I like it nice and low. It still doesn't buzz, but it doesn't have as much sustain on the really high frets, and bends on the 24th tend to conk out unless you're pushing the strings really hard. Nothing has rusted, but one of the knobs got a little loose. This was easily fixed myself. The Floyd can be set up however you want. When I first had it, it was set so I could pull up on the bridge and it would bend about a 3rd above the original note. I could pull back until the bridge hit the body and the strings still didn't snap or even go out of tune. I tried restringing this guitar myself once, and failed miserably. The floating bridge means that tuning one string up drops all the other ones. If you like changing tunings often, don't get a floating bridge.
Features — 9
I have a 2005 WRMG Warrior. They still had the HZ's in them back then, with the Turbocharger whatever thing in em. I think it's an Alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. 3 way blade pickup switch which annoys me a bit, since a toggle is a lot easier to change. 1 master vol and 1 master tone, with the 3rd knob being the gain thingy. Pulling it out turns it on, and turning it controls how much extra gain you get. 24 jumbo frets, Jackson Floyd, Neck and headstock binding, bolt-on neck. No accesories. Jackson tuners, solid black gloss finish, compound radius on the neck.