This guitar could be not so top-heavy, and it could play better. a nice fender or gibson would be better but if you're playing metal, this is the best bang for the buck anywhere!
Model Year: 2001
Price: $500.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Made in india, body alder, neck rosewood, 24 jumbo frets, gibson style toggle switch, one volume control, dual duncan designed humbuckers, active electronics, transparent red finish, kelly, floyd rose double locking tremolo, grover tuners.
Action is a little high, but nothing unbearable.
the guitar is kinda top-heavy so you can't take your hand off the neck otherwise the guitar will slide.
it plays fairly well, but a nice Fender or Gibson would play better
there's a few flaws in the wood, a couple belt-buckle scratches otherwise perfect.
I use it with a marshall half stack&a boss DS-2 distortion pedal.
i play a lot of blues/rock and metal and it does fit into the metal category very well, but not so much blues/rock.
it's pretty much just a metal guitar.
nice full sound, when turned on the neck pickup, you get a creamy warm sound.
it sounds really go compared to the one other guitar i've played through an amp.
it's noisy when close to a computer monitor or when i'm close to my amp.
this guitar is built for the stage!! it's awesome live!!!
It's very reliable when playing live.
everything on the guitar is in primo condition.
you could throw this thing down the stairs and it would still hold up.
I've played on a (limited) variety of guitars, from Fenders to Gibsons. None that I tried had the metal sound I got from a Jackson. My next guitar will probably be a Jackson, likely another Kelly. For the styles that interest me and the looks I crave, there's nothing that fits better. It's difficult to look objectively at one's own axe, but I've tried. From the suggestion of what's the worst aspect of this guitar, I would have to say that it's tendency to get "tinny" when playing clean can be a pain. But, you can overcome this with proper tweaking of your amp. Also, I must point out that because of the "interesting" shape, the guitar sits in a slightly different position when resting on your leg than when it's hanging from the strap. I really think this is a great guitar, all things considered. If Rock/Metal is your primary genre, I reccomend it highly.
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pearson Music Company, Winston-Salem, NC
I have the "Professional" version of this guitar, which means it was made in Japan. That doesn't seem to have had a negative impact on the quality by any means! It's a 24 fret screamer that really sings with medium to light gauge strings. Heavier guages may cause fret buzz because of the extremely low action, but you might get away with it. The low action is very nice for a beginner, like myself, but it does make it more difficult when moving to a higher action guitar if you learn on this one. There's only a volume knob and a pickup switch, which has never been a deficiency in my opinion. The pickups, one of the differences between mine and the "expensive" version, are nice, and they give the classic Jackson sound, although I lack the experience to objectively compare them across the board to others. With the painfully cool body style and the Floyd Rose locking trem., this guitar says metal all around!
As I mentioned before, the action is SWEET. The only regret is the rare fret buzz, especially in lower tunings. One other oddity about this guitar is that if you don't properly fret the first or sixth string, you may push them off the side of the rather narrow neck. In this, it seems to enforce proper left hand technique. If you don't have 8 inch long fingers like Hendrix, you'll appreciate the narrow neck even more. I like being able to get to those hard to reach chords easily, and this helps. The neck's small width and the string's closeness to one another is another thing that makes moving to another, larger guitar odd. But, like the low action, you can get used to switching quite easily, especially if you do it frequently.
I tend to subscribe to the simple philosophy when it comes to effects. Just gimme some nasty distortion and I'm happy. This guitar is well suited to this style. It plays nicely when scooping up the crunchy low stuff and the high end riffing potential is deadly. With the 24 frets and the bright upper range, those 10,000 bpm solos will be like silver bullets tearing through the audience's brains! Clean tone is easily achieved as well, making this a flexible guitar for many different styles, although you must properly set up your gear or you may find the tone too high and "tinny". Based on my limited experience of other guitars, this is the only way to fly!
On the subject of durabilty, this thing is a TANK! It's survived my 2 year old, my wife (a klutz), and numerous friends - one of which has the uncanny ability to break anything he touches. With a couple of dinged corners and the odd scratch, she still plays like new. I think this thing is indestructable! As far as general wear and tear, there are 2 items I've had to (easily) repair. The nut that secures the output jack was only "finger tight" when I purchased the guitar, and over time the nut which secures the volume pot worked loose, but both of these were easily fixed in under 2 minutes.
A cool looking guitar with a cool looking price. Sound is fine for its price. A good gig-guitar because of its neat body.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Matts Music
Another metal machine from Jackson. This guitar has everything you need for good hard rocking. Locking trem, dual humbuckers, and killer looks. It has a poplar body and 22 fret maple neck. (Bolt on)
While the awkward shape makes playing while sitting slightly uncomfortable, strapping this thing on is a dream. Its extremely well balanced and will stay in place as you head bang and jump up and down. The frets are well done for such a cheap guitar and the action is low, as it should be.
The standard pickups leave much to be desired. Otherwise its a good rocking guitar. If you replace the pickups, it can really scream.
This thing is "Built Ford Tough". Its large size maes it somewhat vunerable to bumps, but otherwise its very sturdy. Be careful on the edges, you can quite possibly use this guitar as a weapon.