Well, mostly. The one I played had the same finish as this one, but was the bolt-on with the EMGs:
(Sorry no pics of the actual guitar, the owner of the shop requests that people don't take pics because he's mainly a vintage shop and pics of his guitars have been used in scam eBay auctions before.)
Fit and finish were pretty much perfect.
I swear it was a 3/4" maple top - it sure looked like it.
Nice, resonant tone unplugged.
Access was really good to 22 - 24 was a bit harder.
No locking tuners.
The shape does look better in person, and the guitar played and sounded awesome, even *with* the EMGs. Looks to me like Jackson has it figured out. For just under 2K, this held its own with my CS 7 string, and pretty much every production 7 string I've played. The shape even made the flatmount bridge manageable for me. Control placement was pretty good, too - not in the way at all.
If these sell, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Floyd version turn up. Overall, the guitar reminded me of Noodles' KXK SII prototype in both feel and somewhat in tone, though it had the sharper attack of a bolt-on.
If I was in the market for a 27" scale 7 string, I'd buy one in a heartbeat. It was certainly as good as the JP7s I've played.
Oh, and I tried it through a Bogner Shiva. Damn nice amp - like a super-high gain Marshall, complete with that awesome midrange "thwack" that Marshalls get.