First things first: the Jackson PC-1 Phil Collen Artist Signature is a well-built piece of machinery with luxurious feel, elegant looks, and an uncommonly rich, warm sound. In fact, the stalwart Def Leppard guitarist's signature model may very well have some of the most inspiring tone out of any quote-unquote "shredder" guitars out there. All of the wood has been "caramelized" through a specialized roasting process, and this livens up the guitar's harmonic response while enhancing stability. Caramelization also gives the guitar woodier, warmer tone. The not-too-thin, not-too-thick neck also has a hand-rubbed gel urethane finish, which gives the player unparalleled comfort. So, before electricity even enters the equation, the PC-1 feels great and speaks with a clear, rich, authoritative voice.
When you do plug in, the Super Distortion humbucker in the bridge provides plenty of hot-rodded blistering rock tone, but the inherent warmth of the body keeps things sounding rounder than normal even when you push your amp into high-gain territory. The HS-2 in the middle position adds a whole new dimension to explore, because it also has a unique tonality. It was one of the first humbucking Strat replacement pickups, and though it does have full frequency response, it puts out a brighter, clearer tone than most humbuckers. So, the pickups in this beast give you an incredible array of options, making the Jackson Phil Collen one of the most versatile Floyd Rose-equipped guitars out there!
We could stop there and this guitar would already cause any self-respecting metal fan's Gear Acquisition Syndrome to flair up, but I would be remiss if I didn't also mention one important fact: THIS IS THE FUNNEST GUITAR IN THE ENTIRE WORLD TO MAKE CRAZY NOISES WITH. Now that I've got my Caps Lock abuse out of the way for the day, let's talk about the PC-1 Sustainer Driver pickup in the neck position and its propensity for prompting spontaneous outbursts of pure six-string joy.
Serial Number: XN11367
Brand Jackson Guitars
Model USA Signature PC-1 Phil Collen
Finish Color Matte Blue Frost
Finish Type Satin Polyurethane
Weight 8.40 lbs.
Body Wood Caramelized Mahogany
Neck Wood Caramelized 2-Piece Quartersawn Maple
Neck Dimensions .830 1st - .890 12th
Neck Finish Hand-Rubbed Urethane Gel
Fingerboard Caramelized Flamed Maple
Fingerboard Radius 12-16" Compound
Nut Chrome Locking
Nut Width 1.6875"
Frets 24 Jumbo
Pickups 1 DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbucker (Bridge), 1 DiMarzio HS-2 Humbucker (Middle), PC1 Sustainer-Driver (Neck)
Controls Volume, Tone, Intensity, 5-Way Selector, 2 Mini-Toggles to Turn Sustainer on and Off and Dial in Harmonics or Fundamental
Tuners Jackson Sealed Die-Cast
Bridge Floyd Rose Original Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo
Case Molded Plastic Hardshell Case