While waiting on a SL2 Pro to come in I ordered one of these as I've always wanted a V but never owned one after 30 years of playing.
After owning a USA custom Dinky back in the 80s and many other high end guitars I bought this expecting a toy for the price, that's where I was wrong. Is this a $2000+ USA model... no it's not, but for the price? It's amazing! All the adults who have seen in and my son's friend can't believe the price. The binding work looks top notch, the frets (while not as big a the dunlop on the USA models) are much larger than other XJ in this price range and the fretwork was perfect on the one I received. The pickups are also quite nice, again they aren't Duncans but for practice and possibly even small gigs they will do just fine. The neck is also impressive, the compound radius is noticeable and it feels solid. It's not at thin as some other necks but not overtly thick either, it reminds me of the mid-80s Kramer necks I use to love.
The paint and detail work is also very good and while basswood may not have the tonal properties of some other woods it's light and sounds just fine with a lot of distortion. That being said the pickup / wood combination also produces nice hollow acoustic sound with the rhythm pickup. The bridge isn't as hot as say a JB but with little extra gain on your amp it becomes a pick harmonic king.
Mine required a little truss and intonation adjustment to get it exactly how I wanted it but I would expect that at this price range, but it was playable right out of the box.
Which brings me to my next point, Sweetwater baby! The reason I picked this up was because a guitar purchased somewhere else was damaged in shipping. The delivery from Sweetwater was not only fast but the guitar was better packed than any other guitar I have ever purchased online, regardless of price. They have definitely earned a loyal new customer.
Bottom line - personally I have not been impressed the last few years with Jackson's offerings from India. I'm not sure which factory in China is making the new JS32 line but Jackson now has a great line entry guitars that can't be beat by anyone at this price point. For those who have always wanted to try a non traditional shape to see if you like it, here is your chance. For the aspiring musician who is looking to step up from a starter guitar this is a great choice as it compares in many ways to many guitars with double the street price.