Price paid: $ 230
Purchased from: Lightning Joes Guitar Hevan
Sound — 9
My playing style as far as electric guitar goes is progressive rock, alternative, and some metal. When I first plugged in this guitar, I was immediately drawn to it's sound. My only complaint would be that it has way too much bass when I'm using a clean channel. I'm using it through a Blackheart BH5H and Boss DS-1 (which I stopped using because I prefer natural tube distortion). it's very versatile at high volumes. Most people complain about the tone knobs not being effective, but you just have to know how to use them.
Overall Impression — 9
I play allot of progressive rock, and things alike. I play allot of Tool, Alice In Chains, and APC. This guitar is just what I was looking for and has a very dark sound that I can't stay away from. I've only been playing for a little over a year but I am a natural tone freak. If this guitar were stolen, I would be very disappointed and start saving up for a new one.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I've been very rough with this guitar and it hasn't chipped yet. The hardware is still holding up, the strap buttons are very strong, but like I mentioned before the input jack loosens up after a while. I can take this guitar on stage without a backup any day. I'm pretty sure it will last me a very long time.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I wouldn't know how the factory setup was because the people at Lightning Joe's Double check the setup on all of their guitars. Although I did adjust the pickups and action to my liking. The finish had no flaws except for some excess lacquer at the neck and body joint.
Features — 8
My JT-50 was made in china, probably in 2006/07. It has a 22 fret rosewood neck and looks just like an original SG. I'm not sure what the body is made of but it seems pretty solid. The model I have had a clear coat that shows off the wood grain. It came loaded with a Tune-O-Matic bridge, two very powerful humbuckers, and a 3-way pickup selector. My only complaints are that the tuners aren't very good, and the input jack loosens up every once in a while. Overall I think it's a pretty tough guitar.