Review first, scroll down if you came for the pron! First the import: Just to note I tried to keep my opinion as if paid full price and what might be expected in that range, even though I paid way less. I've been wanting to try one of these for a while and at the price the old models are at right now I couldn't say no. The color is awesome and the slight pearl comes out with a good amount of light. The neck profile and carve are identical to the U.S. model and the 16' radius is right up my alley. Fretwork/setup: Mine was in desperate need of some fret polishing as you'll see in the pictures. When blowing off the dust from the micro mesh with compressed air the nut fell off so that just made my job easier as I was going to replace it anyway. I was surprised once all said and done because the frets were level and only needed minor touch up on a few edges that were missed. The action was pretty good out of the gate and I only made minor adjustments. The oxidation was more than likely due to sitting in the box for so long. Hardware: The stock bridge and tuners are great for the price. The bridge is really comfortable and the tuners held surprisingly well. I only changed them out because I had a hipshot bridge and figured since it was so cheap I might as well replace the tuners to make it more like the U.S. counterpart, and as a personal preference for hipshot tuners. I would have been just as happy leaving them stock. The pickups: The pickups aren't bad, I will echo some of the reviews and say Jackson did make a decent set of in-house pickups. Are they Bareknuckle quality? No, but it comes with the price. I still haven't decided what I will replace them with but for now they get the job done. Overall I think it is a great guitar for the price. I think the biggest complaint is not having the bare knuckles in them when you have the holcomb and titan as a competitor. I think a $899 or $999 price tag with boot camp pickups would be more than reasonable and I would gladly pay that with everything else staying the same. The U.S. model: I originally ordered one of the tiger eye models but when I received it I was really disappointed with the color so it got sent back the same day. It came out more orange than the brown I was hoping for, I'm sure some people would like it but I love the darker color. I did confirm with Misha that the process is the same and is was more than likely a variance in the wood. Luckily I didn't have to wait long for one with the color I wanted as this popped up on reverb and I got it for a great price. I believe this passed through @Adam Of Angels hands at one point if I remember correctly from his listing. The guitar plays great as expected so I'm not really going to give much of a review. It's heavier than all my other models but that was expected with the thick maple cap. The top has a great 3d effect to it and my phone had a tough time trying to figure out which color it was. I tried to get it as close as possible with the exception of 1-2 that just looked cool in portrait mode.