Hello Forumites, It's been a while since my last NGD. However, I saw this on reverb and wasn't going to pass it up for $550, shipped. I am not thrilled by black guitars with EMGs, but if I like it I'll get it refinished. If I don't, I can easily make my money back. Win-win, right? FedEx did a number on the box. However, since it came with a case it was still fine. The guys at Capitol Guitars in Minneapolis packed it well for the long journey to Tucson, AZ. This is my first 7-string and 6th Jackson. For some reason, I always end up getting more of them, my non-Jacksons have always ended up getting traded/sold for another Jackson. Initial impressions: Finish: Blah. It's black. Some small paint chips, but nothing that worries me. Probably why I got a deal on it. Fretwork: Pretty good. No rough ends, but it just got here. Give it a while to shrink up in this dry climate. However, no need for a level/crown job. Setup out of the box: A complete joke. Action was about 1/4" off the fretboard at the 24th fret. Luckily the neck was pretty straight and this was as easy to fix as screwing down the trem posts to a reasonable depth. The strings were corroded, etc. However, I figure every new/new to me guitar's going to require at least a little work. Pickups: 81-7 bridge, 707 neck. They sound like 81s and 85s, because that's what they are. I had literally never played a seven string before this, despite being a member here for years. I found it surprisingly easy to get used to. The only weirdness is playing things I'm used to being on the lowest string, which are obviously no longer on the lowest string. However, I'm sure it'll come around in time. If I decide to keep it (I'll know more after a full setup, but all signs point to yes) I may decide to have it refinished because a man only needs one black guitar with EMGs. After fixing the action it plays great, as well as my other MIJ Jacksons! It's too bad the MIJ era is over for the brand, but great deals can be had on the used market! In summary I'm quite happy with it. I'm especially happy I found a later model one. The early models had even larger headstocks (bass headstocks) and no binding. I really wanted a natural finished one, or green swirl. However, refinishing is still on the table! A great guitar and definitely better than the prices they command on the used market! Short of refinishing I'll take suggestions on how to make it look as nice as it plays! Pics are kind of potato quality, but you get the idea.