jackson, charvel or music man?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by mcv, Dec 18, 2009.


  1. mcv

    mcv Member

    Messages:
    280
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2005
    Location:
    Southwest
    i'm looking for a "SUPERSTRAT" type guitar for my 80's cover band, which would be better? i can get any of them (new or used) for around the same price:
    Jackson soloist with bolt on neck (used)
    charvel so-cal (new)
    music man axis (used)

    opinions?
     
  2. Eagle1

    Eagle1 Member

    Messages:
    8,680
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Location:
    The Twilight Zone
    Charvel So-Cal or an Ibanez RG
     
  3. TurboRotary13b

    TurboRotary13b Member

    Messages:
    7
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2009
    Id go with an Ibanez with a Wizard neck or the Music Man.
     
  4. gkinsingapore

    gkinsingapore Member

    Messages:
    474
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2009
    Location:
    Melbourne
    I love the look of the SoCal but its not in the same league as the Axis for playability.....I'm thinking about buying a backup Axis.....great guitars
     
  5. Eagle1

    Eagle1 Member

    Messages:
    8,680
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Location:
    The Twilight Zone
    " Yes it is" in fact many if not most would say the other way around.
     
  6. Virtual Pariah

    Virtual Pariah Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Location:
    On Silver Mountain

    I think we would need more info.
    What year is the Jackson? That will tell us more about the trem and electronics.

    Straight up like this, with no more information, I would say the Music Man.
    At least you are getting:
    German Floyd
    Dimarzio Pups
    CTS electronics.
    Quality tuners

    The So-Cal is:
    Korean (ping) floyd
    Dimarzio Pups
    CTS electronics
    Ping tuners
     
  7. eyeball987

    eyeball987 Member

    Messages:
    1,196
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2008
    I have a So Cal and love it. I have only played a MM a few times and just couldn't get used to the neck. I know. Others just love them but it seems too cramped for me.
     
  8. saijo

    saijo Member

    Messages:
    312
    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
  9. Mechanicsn

    Mechanicsn Member

    Messages:
    45
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    I vote for the SoCal, they have a great neck on them, and best of all no pointy headstock to chip the paint off the tip of. I've never really found the look of the Axis very appealing either.
     
  10. mcv

    mcv Member

    Messages:
    280
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2005
    Location:
    Southwest
    the jackson is a top of the line one; ebony board, fret edge binding, flamed maple top body, orig.duncan pickups, original floyd (gold), its just as a soloist but the neck is bolted on, not sure of the exact model, maybe a couple yrs. old?
     
  11. Virtual Pariah

    Virtual Pariah Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Location:
    On Silver Mountain
    DK1 perhaps?

    EMG's (H/H) config.
    Schaller Floyd
    Gotoh Tuners


    Of the three, then I'd probably recommend the Jackson.
     
  12. mcv

    mcv Member

    Messages:
    280
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2005
    Location:
    Southwest
    pickup configuration is SSH, not EMG's, tuners are Jackson, floyd just says "floyd rose" i assume its original, not "licenced"
     
  13. 59Bassman

    59Bassman Plank Cranker Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,078
    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2004
    Even in the big hair 90's, I always held Charvel strat-headstocks as the pinnacle of guitars. I never quite warmed to Jacksons, and the Ibanez guitars that my buds and I had (I had a first-year white RG 550) never quite seemed as good as the Charvels - even the import models.

    Dunno. I'm skating around the edge of owning my first shredder in 20 years, and I'm thinking it will probably be a Music Zoo Charvel.
     
  14. Virtual Pariah

    Virtual Pariah Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Location:
    On Silver Mountain
    Hmm.
    Starting to sound like a mutt.
    DK1 neck
    DK2 (MIJ) body
    SSH config (originally duncan designed)
    JT80 Floyd replaced with (something?)
    Jackson labeled Gotoh tuners. (chrome?)
     
  15. Eagle1

    Eagle1 Member

    Messages:
    8,680
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2007
    Location:
    The Twilight Zone
    So-Cal is
    Grover tuners and an Access Floyd
    Ping is Chinese.(and better than a new OFR at the moment.)
     
  16. Virtual Pariah

    Virtual Pariah Member

    Messages:
    2,664
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Location:
    On Silver Mountain
    Access Floyd?
    Never head of them.
     
  17. JohnSykes

    JohnSykes Member

    Messages:
    417
    Joined:
    May 20, 2009
    Id put gold hardware on that one... Mmm, sexy.
     
  18. mcv

    mcv Member

    Messages:
    280
    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2005
    Location:
    Southwest
    neck: maple back, ebony board with fret edge binding, pearloid shark fins, says "made in usa" right next to the Jackson logo
    body: cant tell the body's wood but has a flamed maple top (sunburst)
    pickups: original seymor duncan (not duncan designed)
    bridge: original floyd rose, gold
    tuners: jackson, gold.
    1 master volume, 1 master tone, 1 switch.
    store has it labeled "Jackson M1 MSB"

    anyone knows what do i have here?
     
  19. vikingrat

    vikingrat Member

    Messages:
    254
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2009
    Location:
    So Calif.
    Funny because i have been wanting a Jackson SL1 and the other day started lusting after a Music Man Axis.
     
  20. shane88

    shane88 Member

    Messages:
    21,243
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2008
    Location:
    pluto
    i'd want a recessed floyd and the ibanez RG prestige is the way ..... or a PV wolfgang :)
     

Share This Page