Price paid: A$ 150
Purchased from: Private Sale
Features — 9
Made in China (sticker at the back of headstock) or, by some sources in Taiwan. No idea how old but it was in good condition when I bought it second hand. It has 22 fret, the neck is very similar to the Gibson/Epiphone Les Paul necks. Tune-o-Matic bridge. 4 controls (tone/volume), 3-way pick up selector. Typical Les Paul stuff. Does not come with hard case. Equipped with stock high gain Wilkinson Alnico pickups. A solid Mahogany body, Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays and set Maple neck
Sound — 9
Well. Let's make it clear. I am reviewing a budget guitar not a Gibson Les Paul. I guess J&D can be compared with Epiphone Les Pauls (Standard and Standard Plustop PRO and Custom - which I owned). It is also a ratio of price and what you get for it. I will elaborate further in my review. J&D is equipped with stock high gain Wilkinson Alnico pickups. I find them better than Epiphone Alnico or ProBucker humbuckers which I find a bit muddy. Clean sounds are quite good as well as distorted - good sustain and harmonics. I find sound variations between bridge and neck pickups better than Epis. It would suit best for blues/rock.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Lowered strings, Raised pickups. Put D'Addario 10-46 on. Neck is straight, No fret buzz. Neck is comfortable. No concerns whatsoever. Gold hardware a bit worn but that is typical for all gold hardware - hey, it is a second hand guitar. I got mine second hand for A$150 ($599 retail, had to clean it but under the dust there was quite a nice guitar. It stays in tune. Input jack was a bit loose and I had to fix it (it probably needs to be replaced some time in the future) but that can be due to previous owner mistreatment.
Reliability & Durability — 9
It will definitely withstand live playing. It feels like a solid, decent guitar. Hardware seem to be a Wilkinson Gold hardware - good quality. Solid strap buttons - a bit larger than standard. I would probably take a back up guitar to a gig - but that is just me, you never know what may happened :-). Paint job seem to be good. Except the gold hardware wear, no other complaints. As I mentioned not sure what the issue with input jack is - but can be fixed for a couple of bucks and in a few minutes.
Overall Impression — 9
It seems slightly lighter than Epiphone Les Pauls. Mine is white with gold hardware and black pickguard - finish seems to be quite good (again, similar to Epis). I play rock, blues, alternative, punk. I also have American Strat and an oldie Vox Custom 25. Wanted an LP style guitar without breaking the bank and J&D delivered. If stolen probably would buy it secondhand again at a good price. I would choose J&D over above mentioned Epis - they are cheaper but sound better and finish is quite similar.