What is the reputation of Japanese made Jacksons? What are your opinions?
thanks a lot - Gags
Yep, agree with Dave here. I have a few Professional Pro models and they’re absolutely top notch. Got em both for a song because I don’t think the shop that had them knew what they really were, every bit on par with the USA versions of those guitars.The original Pro models from 1990 to about 1994 are great, you can tell these by the Schaller Floyd and ebony fretboards. They are getting more expensive again, so I guess people are starting to remember how good they really were. Jackson scaled the specs back a bit for the rest of the japanese run from about 95-96. First they went to rosewood boards, Takeuchi floyds and OEM pickups or Duncan Designeds, and later they opted for real Duncans and the Floyd 1000 bridges until production ceased maybe ten years ago. For the money anything from that post-95 era is one of the best buys out there, they are very solid guitars if not quite up to snuff to the earlier production.
For a time even the low-end Performer stuff was japanese and perfectly fine, those can be had for a song.
I actually love the JT6 design—I think that's the best integration of fine tuners to this day even. It was just so cheaply made unfortunately.Yeah, on the topic of the 750XL that whole toothpaste-logo era of japanese Charvels from 88-91 are basically the same as the early japanese Jacksons. Top notch stuff. I like those better than the earlier Charvel Model series, the JT6 bridge and Kahler-style nut are OK but I do prefer a Schaller or OFR.
PICS!!!!!I can recommend my guitar, the Jackson SLSMG, which was made in Japan. I bought it in 2005, and it was new when I bought it. It is very thin and very light weight, and it sounds good played through a Marshall stack (JCM 900 2100 SL-X head with a 1960A cabinet and a 1960B cabinet), a Fender Super Sonic head with Marshall cabinets and a Vox AC15C1.
The SLSMG has a neck-through body which is also a strings-through body, a fixed bridge, 24 jumbo frets, a 25 1/2 inch scale-length and a compound radius fretboard (12 inch to 16 inch). The neck is made of mahogany. The body wings are made of mahogany. The fretboard is made of ebony. The factory installed pickups were two humbuckers - EMG HzH3s, which are passive. Models made starting in 2007 have an EMG 81 at the bridge and an EMG 85 at the neck. I replaced the passive pickups in mine with two EMG 81s.
The Jackson SLSMG has been my main guitar - at times my only guitar - since I bought it.