My lady saw Gary Clark Jr. playing a Flying V on the Prince tribute telecast of couple of months ago. She said, “Why don’t you have a guitar like that? You have almost every other kind.” I replied, “Because I think they look ridiculous when a fat guy straps one on.” She said, “But you’re not really fat anymore. I think that would look good on you.” Release the hounds! I looked for a used Gibson. Was more than two mortgage payments. I looked for a used Epiphone. Over $500 USD for them in questionable condition. Order a Chinese copy? Cheap enough, but the quality is a huge question, and delivery for a single-piece order is likely to take a long time, especially in the midst of a pandemic and a trade war. Then I spotted this: It’s a Jackson JT32T FSR Randy Rhodes in an oiled mahogany finish. I’ve never had a “shredder guitar”, and I’ve not played much of that typical style. But after looking at the specs - and the online price from Musicians Friend - I thought, “Why not? It’s so different from my other instruments.” So! I pulled the trigger. It arrived yesterday. First impressions: Different feel on the neck, but I like it. The pickups are VERY powerful humbuckers, but they clean up nicely with the volume rolled back. Not Fender cleans, but not quite as dark and warm as my LP. Sounds a little like my SG, but with more clarity. They really shine with Marshall Plexi-style overdrive, as if they were goosed with a clean boost. The pickups are impressive, to me. I was prepared to expect low-quality Chinese humbuckers. It came in almost perfectly intonated at both the 12th and 24th frets. Action was about 1.5mm on both the bass and treble sides of the neck, with very little relief - no buzzing at all. The compound radius 12"-16" neck is wider than I'm used to, but it's flat and thin, somewhat like my Hagstrom. No work to do on it at all. Just pull the plastic off the pickups and enjoy it. It’s very light, too, which surprised me. I think Mahogany, I think heavy. I haven’t weighed it yet, but my guess is about 7 pounds. Yes, there’s some neck dive, but the suede strap I use with it solves that. Regarding the shape... yeah, it's extremely pointy, but the ergonomics are excellent. Very comfortable to play with my right leg resting on the shorter horn, in the classical position. The oil finish on the mahogany body seems to make it less extreme to my eyes. It's definitely not your grandpa's guitar... but it doesn't look out of place with that finish. My lady actually likes it!