I have been playing guitar for 28 years. I currently own seven guitars in an eternal quest for tone. Jackson are very comfortable for which I always had a soft side for them. I always end up replacing the pickups because they usually associated with high out put required for Heavy Metal. But this guitar has the perfect combination of pick ups. SD SH-1 59's (SD improved Version of a Gibson 57 PAF)and TB-4 JB (Jeff Beck Model, more than halve of rock top hits have been recorded with guitars equipped with this legendary pickup) deliver a wide array of tone, which is expanded by the ability of the 5 position switch to open up the split coils. You get great single coil tone, very close to a Tele/Stratocaster, on position 2 and 4 (2 Neck SC, 4 Neck and Bridge SC). This guitar delivers 95% of the tone my other guitars do. You are up for a great ride with the DK2M, from Jazz, to Blues, to Classic Rock to Heavy Metal and anything else in between.