Probably not the typical NGD post around here, but after years of wishing I was a better metal player, I finally bought a guitar for that sole purpose. What I wanted: - inexpensive - usable high output pickups - stable tuning The JS22 couldnt be a better match. $199 brand new, they put the money where it belongs (tuners, pickups) and skimped exactly where I would (finish). No lacquer on the neck or body, it feels ready to go. Great setup out of the box, very clear and articulate pickups while delivering crushing high gain. I've never considered myself a Jackson guy, but I dont see how much better of a guitar you could possibly get at this price. I'm very satisfied, zero regrets.