Before I bought this guitar I was looking for info on it and couldn't find many reviews, so I wanted to post this up for anyone who might be looking at getting one!
I was looking for a backup guitar that didn't cost 2k and something I could take on the road and throw in the trailer without worrying about it. I picked up an SE Bernie Marsden and was not impressed, even with different pickups the tone was very shrill and the guitar had no depth to it, once my bass player said it sounded bad I sent it back.
After looking for some time I ordered the Fredrik Akesson model - the tone pros bridge and the finish were what got me. Anyway out of the box my impressions were - the nut was sticky and the guitar wouldn't keep tune, and the pickups were OK but they were too muddy for a mahogany body guitar for the style of music I play in the band I am using this guitar in. The fit, finish, fretwork and fingerboard were awesome. I replaced the nut with a Graphtech nut which really brought the guitar to life, after a few pickup swaps believe it or not EMG 81/60 set really made the guitar come alive (I tried passive duncans as well), sounds totally different than with the same EMG set in other others. Dropped the guitar off at my tech and he finished up the nut for me getting it at the perfect height as well as cutting the bridge slots for 11-52 strings which are perfect for the 24.5 scale.
To sum it all up - after dumping the nut and pickups the guitar is awesome. Easily on par with my ESP Eclipse and my LP. It's a very dark sounding guitar, and leads are smooth due to the ebony fingerboard. Rhythm stuff has a nice growl and meanness to it, I can see why Fredrik uses this guitar live. (note in the picture I had the EMG 57/66 set in it, it sounded good but not as good as the 81/60 in this guitar)