So, I've never been into Jackson guitars really, but I need some advice on whether or not to get this guitar. That finish is ORGASMIC.
How are these guitars? Can you guys tell me about Jackson Rhoads models in general? There's something about them that just make me want to rip into some death metal rhythm with some 11's on it, you know? I've never liked them or V's in general before but... DAT FINISH. It's changed everything for me.
The new Jackson imports are seriously hit or miss. I've played ones that were serious POSs and ones that were decent. The worst example being one of the trem soloists (well, soloist is traditionally a "trem" kind of guitar, so that might be a superflous, but now there are a lot of TOM imports now too), which had the trem cavity chewed up by a router. Probably shouldn't have let that one leave the assembly line.
I played one of the Scott Ian 1 hum ones recently, and it was pretty good. Wasn't crazy about the neck carve. I still don't think the Chinese Jackson imports are as consistently high quality as Schecter/LTD/BC Rich import stuff. And this is coming from a HUGE jackson fan.
There are a couple of import NT Rhoads that Jackson has manufactured over the years which I would take over that model. The Rhoads Pros would obviously hands down destroy it. (edit: But at current market prices, after a pickup swap you are looking at closer to $1k for a Rhoads Pro, and that's assuming it doesn't need fretwork.) The RR5s have ugly MOTO inlays and (from every example I have seen) pretty meh rosewood (and I am no rosewood hater either), but I would still take one over a current Chinese import any day of the week.
As for Rhoads in general? Well they rip. Funnily enough I don't really associate the shape with DM. Sure there are DM guys that play Rhoads (Phil Fasciana and Ralph Santolla off the top of my head), but for every 1 Rhoads there are at least ten superstrats. You'll look like a douche if you chest rock though. Watch Mille Petrozza to see how it's done.