Price paid: $ 175
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 8
Well at the time my style was heavy heavy heavy. I was going for a metal rhythm guitar chunky sound. I never could use this guitar, I always needed to use my dad's SG or his personal Charvel. The tone never struck me as impressive and I couldnt get excited about it. I wanted a new guitar for a while. Don't get me wrong, I wish I took advantage of this thing more when I was younger. It is a sweet electric for the money and I still kinda wish I hung onto it for the single coild Pups. I have two guitars now a Fender Jag HH with the two dragster 'buckers, and I have my Jackson DK2M with twin Duncan 'buckers. I'm kinda thinking about making my next guitar a tele or maybe an ibanez, something with singles.
Overall Impression — 8
I wish it had more than a 21 fret neck.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Live? Hell to the NO practice? Learning? Yes yes YES maybe as a backup guitar to your Strat if you are in a tight place. Structurally its tough as nails though.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Also, like I said, the action, close to the nut, difficult to use, and set up at the factory the D string buzzed. But the finish... In 5-6 years of abuse and neglect I only chipped one little piece of paint from the upper cutaway. 0 oxidization and its built like a brick wall.
Features — 7
I think I got it in '04 maybe late '03. It is a great beginner instrument, I no longer have it, I gave it to my brother when I got serious about music and bought a Jackson. Straight up Dark Blue color with a white pick guard, always had a little buzz on the "D" string. It is a tough instrument for sure. As I got older, and started playing music more and actually putting an effort towards learning I began to find that the tone wasn't for me. I was going through a phase of metal worshipping. Probably how I wound up choosing Jackson as the brand of my future guitar. It has what I believe was a maple neck topped with a rosewood fretboard, great rosewood too, nice and dark in color. Straight ahead Dot inlays, nothing fancy, with 21 little fretts. The neck was comfortable to hold in my hand, but my hands are bigger than average, really long bony fingers. So playing it, as a beginner, was next to impossible. Compared to the Jackson with its neck wide enough to land a jumbo jet between the strings. It had the traditional 3 single pups and the 5 way selector switch. And of course passive electronics. There were issues with the jack after not too long, I never could figure out the problem for sure. But I didn't know what I was looking at.