Jackson USA Custom Shop Soloist
Jackson USA Custom Shop Soloist

USA Custom Shop Soloist, Guitarra de forma Stratocaster from Jackson in the USA Custom Shop series.

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Hatsubai 13/09/2011

Jackson USA Custom Shop Soloist : la opinión de Hatsubai (content in English)

"Old school tone"

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This was a custom shop Soloist that was ordered for a client of ours. It was given to me to set up, so I took it upon myself to give it a quick test drive to make sure everything was all right. Given that this is a custom shop model, it has the utmost attention given to it, unlike certain other Jacksons. The guitar features a mahogany body, a neck-thru maple neck with an ebony fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, reverse sharkfin inlays, an original floyd rose, HSS configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.


I really liked the fretwork on this model. It had balled fret ends, and you don't normally see that, even from Jackson. They were an absolute pleasure to play on, and it was almost as if the guitar was massaging your hand. The guitar didn't have a quilted or flamed maple top, and that was kind of a shame for a high quality Jackson, but it did have one of those really cool Nebula graphics on it. I really enjoy those for whatever reason, but maybe that's the inner 80s coming out in me. That, or I'm just a total nerd.


The guitar had a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and two Quarter Pounders in the neck and middle. The JB in the bridge worked out quite nice with this wood configuration. It was just thick enough to where the treble in the JB didn't overwhelm everything like it tends to do in most neck-thru guitars out there. It was also cutting enough to where it would cut through a super dense metal mix. The Quarter Pounders are super hot and super noisy singles. They work great for that old school tone, but they're getting a bit dated. Even the in-between positions were kinda iffy compared to today's singles. That's about the only thing I would change.


If you have the money and can afford one of these custom Jacksons, they're worth checking out. The guitars are overpriced for what they are, and I feel certain other guitar builders are better, but it's all relative as to what looks you're going for, what features you want, etc. They're solid guitars, but there's no way I'd pay full price for this thing.