For a guitar that is around $1000 it's really good guitar and for a few hundred more you can have an amazing guitar with awesome playability. This is one of the best guitars I have ever played, now with some minor tweeks it is one of my favorite guitars EVER!!!
Model Year: 2004
Price: $900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center in Natick
Japanese made version of the Soloist Mahogany neck-thru-body and an ebony fingerboard a string-thru-body bridge, volume knob, tone knob, and die-cast tuners. 2 passive EMG-HZ pickups and 3-way pickup switching selector. Contoured arched-top body piranha-theme inlays in the fretboard.
Action and playability is almost perfect!!! low fast action is incredible to play on! I absoloutely love the way this plays, super light weight. I also have a RR1 and love both. They are different in thier own way and both play awesome. however the pick up selector is in an awkward position, So I had the bridge volume knob moved back closer towards the tone knob which has been converted to a neck volume, and the pickup selector has been replaced with a "Les Paul" style toggle switch it's still a 3 position toggle and put where the original volume knob was. Now this thing is perfect for me.
I play through a Genz Benz El Diablo 100 head and Genz G-flex 2-12 cab with an MXR 10 band EQ. I'm in a punk band but this guitar can easily be used in many genre's fast enough action for even progressive metal.
The sound is where my issue is with this guitar, I don't particularly care for the passive EMG's at all. I am giving this an average rating for sound quality.
I have already changed the pick ups to a Seymour Duncan SH-4 in the bridge and Dizmarzio Humbucker from Hell in the neck position. Now it sounds excellent right up there with my RR1
The volume pot has been replaced twice, so I had a "better" pot put in when I had the above mentioned mods performed.
My overall opinion of this guitar is Very Good. Other than the location of the volume knob, it is all there. The EMG pickups, the through the body neck and strings makes this a very nice guitar. I don't plan on buying any others for a while.
If you don't have one, I suggest you go play one. You may change your mind.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $699.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Made in Japan.
Mahogany Fret, Maple Neck through body.
1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Pos Pickup Selector Switch.
No additional electronics.
String Through Body.
This guitar plays great. The action is easy to set and the cutaway at the body allows full access to all 24 frets. The only thing I didn't like about it was where the volume knob is located. It is right under the bridge pickup. I like to obtain different tonalities by where I strum the guitar. I play blues and this is an important skill. The volume knob location makes this difficult. But, none the less, you couldn't pry it out of my hands.
I use a small Marshall at home and basically don't have any peddles in line. I've tried a few but am not happy yet. This guitar with the EMG picups sounds great. The sustain is incredible and is all I expected.
So far, so good. I've only owned it for a few months.
In a word: FANTASTIC. Like I said, this is THE best guitar I've ever played, and I've played a good few guitars- Schecters, Ibanez, Jackson, ESP, Gibson, Fender... this thing beats them all hands down.
Model Year: 2002
Where Obtained: Rainbow Music, Dundee
A Japan-made MG Series guitar, released in 2002. Both the body and neck are Mahogany, yet surprisingly the guitar is incredibly light. The ebony fingerboard is of extremely high quality, with no finishing powder to be seen.
The bridge is a Tune-o-Matic type, with a string-thru-body tail which adds to the already brilliant sustain. The passive EMG HZ (H4's I believe) are quite frankly superb- no muddiness, and they certainly aren't "sterile"... pinch harmonics come out of nowhere! Unfortunately, it only has a master volume and master tone... it would have been nice to have seperate volume pots. Standard three-way switching.
As for the finish... flawless Satin Black, although the SLSMG is available in transparent Violin Brown, and I have seen two flame-maple topped versions also.
This guitar was set up PERFECTLY with 9's when it arrived from the factory, with a nice low action.
The neck is very thin, and incredibly fast- perfect for those shred players out there. I'm being honest when I say that it's the best guitar I have ever played.
The only gripe is that my volume pot is a bit scratchy.
I play this through a Line 6 Spider II 112, with a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor and a Jim Dunlop Cry Baby... perfectly suited for anything from Metal to Jazz, really.
The pickups are virtually noiseless, there is a highly noticeable difference between the EMG HZ's and the Duncan Designed p'ups in my Schecter C-1, which are MUCH noisier. The only thing I am CONSIDERING doing is swapping the passives for actives- 81 and 85 maybe. Definitely a stage AND studio guitar.
Like all Jacksons, this thing is extremely well built- maybe Jackson thought their guitars would have to endure a nuclear exchange? I haven't had to touch the intonation or the truss rod, and I've had it for a few months now. Nice big fat strap buttons... no need for anything else to hold your strap on here :D
The weight is a big plus for live playing- you don't knacker yourself holding it up!