Joan Jett is the frontlady for the band the Blackhearts. She is known for playing Les Paul Juniors and whatnot so now she has a Signature model that that combines the features she likes into a super simple design. The body is a thinner dual cutaway mahogany body. It has a set mahogany neck and the neck is a slim 60s profile neck. The finish on the guitar is a faded type Gibson finish so the neck is very smooth and fast. The fretboard is ebony and has a 12 inch radius with 22 jumbo frets. The tuners up top are mini Grover tuners. It has a standard tune-o-matic bridge. You get a single pickup on this model and it is a zebra bobbin Burstbucker 3. For that pickup you get a volume and a tone knob. The pickup selector is converted to a kill switch to finish everything off.
The satin finish on this guitar makes it nice and smooth to the touch. The guitar is lightweight and comfortable. The neck is not to big as you would imagine being designed for a woman. The neck radius is not super thin though it is more set up for rhythm playing. The kill switch is a pretty cool touch since it just has one pickup. A hot pickup like this may provide some unwanted feedback and turning on the kill switch when you are not playing and prevent this when playing live. The jack is mounted flat on the body on the pickguard which I do not like. Playing live with a guitar like this one errant tug on your cable and you can crack your pickguard since the jack is perpendicular to it. It is better when the cable faces downwards towards the ground where a pull will just pull it out completely instead of pulling it sideways and putting stress on your pickguard.
This guitar is pretty raw and rugged. This guitar is best when you are cranking out power chords. I am not a fan of the Burstbucker pickups but the Burstbucker 3 works well in this guitar. With this guitar you are not really going for smooth warm sounds you are more going to gritty distortion. The distorted tone offered punch, thickness, and clarity, and it was a nice mix of rumbling lows and singing highs that really cut through without being too harsh. The humbucker had plenty of crunch and sustain, making the guitar great for aggressive rhythm playing in punk, hard rock, or heavy metal.Since there is no neck pickup or coil tap or anything this guitar is a one tone tool pretty much.
This guitar is good and simple but it is not really something you would buy if you are not a Joan Jett fan. Gibson makes other guitars like this in a similar style and layout. With the mahogany body and satin finish with the thin mahogany neck this guitar is very easy to play and get into. The single pickup means you wont get much versatility but it is nice and hot and can give you some good rocking tones. This guitar is a good solid one trick rock and roll machine but there are other guitars like that out there. And I am sure most guys are not going to want heart inlays on their guitar.