I looked at loads of guitars before choosing this one, I went through Jacksons, Ibanezes, Gibsons and Deans, but in the end this is the one that prevailed because of tone, originality, features and presence. If this guitar were stolen i'd get a custom-made neck-through one with EMGs. All that I can think of that's wrong with this guitar is the fact that it's neck is bolt-on. Otherwise I reccomend this baby with all my heart.
Price: $300.00 GBP
Where Obtained: eBay
As stated in the name (NJ) it comes from Nagoya, Japan.
Mahogany body, Maple bolt-on neck. 25.5" scale rosewood neck with 24 extra jumbo frets. Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo bridge, 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob and a 3-way selector switch. Crazy BSDM stock humbuckers, obviously passive.
Trans-red finish which looks... amazing...
The action on this guitar is pretty low, making it easy to play, there's no fretbuzz whatsoever, someone knew what he was doing when he made this! The neck is one of the thinnest i've ever seen, it's so effortless. You try a pinched harmonic on this baby and it'll SCREAM!! Only problem is it's bolt-on, so the sustain isn't as good as I hoped but whatever. As far as comfort goes, this thing is surprisingly well designed to sit on your lap (although why you'd want to sit with this, I don't know).
I use this Beast with a Line 6 Spider II 112 (kickass) and it sounds incredible. Obviously with this kind of shape the guitar is made for hair-raising metal, but it can pretty much play anything you can, from Led Zepellin to Metallica to Eric Clapton to Slipknot. It's always got a rich sound, and even though the clean sound can't compare to a strat, it's still nothing to complain about. I'm considering EMGs (81 and 85).
Since I got this guitar I haven't changed a single thing - absolutely flawless, all you need to do is tighten the strap knobs (which are a real good size) once every month or so and you're fine. The pickups are rusty and that hasn't affected the sound at all, the controls are fine and the input jack hasn't fallen apart yet. I'm sure it could withstand continuous live playing without the bridge ever de-tuning or the strings snapping (learnt not to smash the strings the hard way :D ).