So I got a variant of the Jackson Custom Shop 6 that they sent me for the "This Tour Is Personal" Periphery headliner.
The main differences between this guitar and the previous one are the body being 1/8" thicker, the Tyger covered BKP Juggernaut set as opposed to uncovered, a notch on the tone knob that bypasses it, the deep stain finish on the quilt top and last but obviously not least, the OFR bridge instead of the Hipshot.
Otherwise the specs are the same: 25.5 inch scale, basswood body, 5/8th's inch quilt maple top, maple neck, ebony board, hipshot locking tuners, luminlays, dunlop dual design strap locks, the complete lack of handles to be found anywhere on the body and both are tuned to Drop C with D'addario 11-56 strings.
Tonally the guitars are very similar, with the new one sounding a little bit fuller I would suspect the extra mass on the guitar might be the cause of that. The floyd also seems to add its own slight character to the tone, but nothing too drastic honestly.
The original was one of my favorite playing and sounding 6s, and this one just shows the consistency of Jackson's work! I have tried a lot of combinations, but the Jugg set with basswood + maple top and a bolt on maple neck is just something that just works so wonderfully for me.
A fun note about covers on pickups, since this question comes up a lot:
Tim from BKP and Nolly have both done extensive tests and on covered vs uncovered pickups and have both told me that the difference is so marginal that you would have to A/B recorded clips of them in the same guitar to be able to tell the difference, but that uncovered ones are ever so slightly brighter. Tim also says the difference is so minimal that aesthetics would be a more of a relevant factor to worry about.
Here are a bunch of pics for ya.
And here it is with its hardtail companion!
Amazing looking instrument man.