I didn't buy the guitar new. The guitar was in the used
section at Guitar Center. I played it against a new
Jackson Soloist in he store and it was very close.
I own a few nice guitars and compared it to them. I have
a 1985 Jackson RR 1, a couple of Ibanez guitars. -a RG
550 and a Prestige, and an 1986 BC Rich Mockingbird.
It is as nice as any of them. I play out with it to
protect my RR1 and BC Rich.
If mine were stolen, I'd buy another tomorrow. The neck
and construction are right there. Just upgrade the
Model Year: 1987
Where Obtained: Guitar Center (Boston)
Japanese version of Jackson Soloist. Strat-style,
Neck-thru construction, Floyd Rose, S-S-H Jackson
Pick-ups with active circuit.
The Model 5 and 6 have the cheaper white-metal Floyd
Rose. It works fine and you'ld never know the difference
from the high-end Floyd bridge. But the shims will wear
our faster than the "Original" Floyd.
The active electronics are mid 80's voiced-extremely
midrangy. Depending on how critical your ear is, the
pick-ups may need replacing.
I put an EMG 81 in the bridge and S Series Single Coils
in the middle and neck position. The EMG 81 screams when
pushed. All three pick-ups sound great on cleaner
With used prices around $300.00 the guitar is a steal
for that money. When you update the electronics, you've
got a real
Neck is awesome. I play with very low action. Upper neck
access is very comfortable. Excellent all the way to 24th
I use a Rocktron VooDu Valve into a Mesa Boogie 2:90 and
a second signal routed to a Marshall JCM 800
The guitar was designed for 80's shredders. But I added
EMG pick-ups and get any sound I need. The EMG S series
Single Coils are extremely nice for clean tones. The
EMG's make it the nicest, and most versatile sounding
guitar I have.
Works well on stage or in studio, but with pick-up
The construction is there. Extrenmely reliable.
Never any tuning problems or any problems wih climate