The Music Zoo put on a great event. I hope this is just the beginning of a long run for this show. First of all, main reason to go to this show in Long Island last wknd forme was to shake Richie Faulkner's (Judas Priest guitarist) hand. I can't say enough things about him. Just an incredibly nice guy. We had some good, long conversations. No rock star ego there whatsoever. Had a lot of interesting stories to tell about auditioning/playing with Priest. Also, the new Priest album is recorded and off to mixing. No release date, but hopefully, before the end of the year. And a tour to follow (I was surprised about this, given that Glenn Tipton seemed to be struggling physically last tour, but I didn't mention that to Richie). Also, there is a "rumor" he has a signature axe coming out, but no word on what manufacturer. But, only "speculation." On to Jackson! First, have to say, the guys they had manning the Jackson booth were SO cool. It helped that I got a free t-shirt! My #1 CS at the show was a metalflake crackle KV2. Whoa. Was disappointed by how fat the neck was. I got tot talking to one fo the guys there about a bunch of stuf (I think his name was Kyle or Kurt). He told me that the metalflake finishes are a nightmare to do, since they have to completely tear down the paint room when they're done because the sparkle elements make such a amess. As such, they only do said finishes in batches no more than once a week, if that. Anyway, the neck on the V was super fat because of the layers of paint required to achieve that crazy finish. I'd stick with an oil finish if I were to get such an axe. Some cool custom jobs, as you can see below. Two neat things: One, Charvel is not done with Jake E. Lee. That's all I know or can say about that. But it's exciting nonetheless. Second, I asked if they ever considered offering the PC1 with a thinner neck, given it's notoriously thick. He said that the neck profile is actually THINNER than what Phil uses. Maybe some of you Phil fans already knew this, but he said the actual necks HE uses...don't have volutes!! He prefers the necks so thick, that they can't even do that. Also, Phil uses 13s. I can't imagine using those. So, I can only imagine how many hands he must break when he shakes hands with someone. Also, the guy couldn't say enough things about Phil. He said the guy comes to the factory about twice a year. Last year, be brough his solo band to the factory (despite the fact there is very little room for performances) and played shows for all the Jackson employees. One last thing. One of the CS guitars I didn't take a pic of (I don't know why) was made of Sassafras. It'sa beutiful, Ash-like wood. The guy said it smells like root beer when you sand it, so they really enjoyed building it. Given that Ash will be exitinct in about 20 years, it looks like Sassafras will be the replacement for it. Anyway, on to the pics!