I looked at alot of other guitars. I got this one because the action and fretboard felt so damn good! Feel's like my siamese twin.
I wish it had a better neck p/u. To play clean you have to roll the volume all the way down (volume knob is more of a tone knob, doesnt shut it up) and switch to the neck pickup. Sounds ok, but is too high out put. Strum to hard and it distorts. Also the low E string is like double the volume of the other strings clean. The p/u is the only thing I can complain about really. I'd rate it a 5 if it weren't for that.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
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Made somewhere in Asia, can't remember exactly.
Maple neck, rosewood fretboard, double cutawayalder body with beautiful flamed maple top. Amber burst finish. 24 extra jumbo frets. 2 Seymour Duncan designed passive humbuckers (cheap copies of the distortions by SD). Floyd Rose Licensed trmolo with locking nut of course. The tuners are ok, not sure the brand. All chrome hardware, tone and volume controls with a 3 way selector.
Action is awesome, one of the reasons I bought it. Low E only buzzes acoustically, amp doesnt pick it up. Neck is very nice feeling, not thin as ibanez. Great for wide vibratos and bends. It feels very good. As for playability, I think its perfect.
DX10D>DOD Grunge>Boss Harmonist>Peavey Backstage Plus
It's a rock/metal guitar all the way. Not suited for modern "metal though" It has alot of mids and highs. Only useful when distorted when using only bridge pickup. The neck is muddy. Very sharp highs, awesome output. Picks up your picking though and makes a khk sound, kind of annoying. Very sensitive, blow on the strings and you can hear it. Easy to controll that though, doesnt pick up hum and feedback much. Suits my taste, but the neck p/u will have to go. Very bright sound.
I would trust it live with a backup, it does have a floyd rose. I guess it could use strap-locks but it hasn't slipped on me in the 7 months I've had it. Good enough for me. But then again my strap is really tight, thick hard leather. Fares climate changes great, everything on it is sturdy. The pointy headstock could chip easy I guess.
I love this guitar. If uve got the money, id say this is a way to go. I love the shape, the sound and the color. (black forest). Ive played on a lot of other brands, but i keep coming back to jackson. They make great guitars.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $550.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This guitar was made in Japan. The neck is maple (i think) its very thin and wide, as almost all Jacksons are. 24 frets, 6 strings. It has a tone switch 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob, and one knob for the turbocharger. 2 EMG-HZ pickups. Im pretty sure this is a passive instrument, but i havent opened the back up yet, so im not positive. The finish is a nice smooth paint, there are many colors it comes in, i chose black forest, its very nice looking. The body style is that of a strat with a few extra cutaways and angles that make it look great. If you choose the DKMG you get a floyd rose bridge and its cheaper modle is just string through. The tuners are locking on both models.
This guitar is great for just about any style. I see it mostly as a metal guitar. The neck is smooth and thin. It is built for speed, so if u like to shred...say no more. This is one of the nicest guitars ive ever owned and played on. There are no flaws so far :).
I use a crate amp with a boss metal zone distortion pedal. Since it has EMG's it plays very sweet. This is more for metal than anything else. I can see it in almost any genera of music tho. This is a stage and studio guitar. Great for any situations.