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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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Hatsubai07/31/2011

Hatsubai's review"HSS Soloist with a poplar body"

Jackson Soloist XL
The poplar wood on this is the main reason these guitars aren't considered quite as good as the USA models, in my opinion. The guitar has the following specs:

Poplar body
Maple neck-thru neck with a rosewood fretboard
24 jumbo frets with sharkfin inlays
Licensed floyd rose
HSS configuration
One volume knob
One tone knob
Three way switch

UTILIZATION

This guitar was pretty heavy for whatever reason. I'm not sure if it was due to the choice of poplar or what, but it was a little heavier than the mahogany version that I had next to it. The neck-thru design helps prevent any issues regarding neck pocket gaps, so that's always a good thing. The downside is that your main tone wood becomes maple, and not everybody wants that. The fretwork on this was pretty good, although some of the fret ends could use a bit of filing. Aside from that, it was a fairly normal Soloist model.

SOUNDS

The poplar wood in this was what lead to the tone not being my favorite out of all the Jacksons I've played in my lifetime. I'm just not really a huge fan of poplar as a tone wood, so keep that in mind. The guitar had the stock pickups in it which were some Jackson made pickups. The bridge sounded decent, but it lacked dynamics and clarity that is normally associated with the higher end pickups out there. The neck and middle single coils sounded like average single coils. They were noisy, the clean tones were cool, in between tones were cool, but I found they lacked the power that I was looking for when I go to solo.

OVERALL OPINION

The poplar wood in this isn't my thing, so I've rated it accordingly. The guitar itself was put together pretty decently, so there aren't a lot of issues regarding QC or anything like that. The bridge in this could be replaced with something a bit better, but it's not a huge deal. The biggest thing would be the stock pickups; replace those if you plan on getting one of these.
MGR/Anonymous08/16/2003

MGR/Anonymous's review"Jackson Professional Soloist"

Jackson Soloist XL
well i know that this one of 740 soloists made...it has reverse perl sharkfin inlays.. reverse headstock with duncan design pickups and a floyd rose double locking tremlo...the guy i go tit off of payed like $1200.00 and it retails for $1899.00.... and i traded a epiphone les paul trans. blue and my ps2 for it..

I LOVE THIS GUITAR, i put it to a test agains a gibson les paul custom and the sound was thick and stronger.... i like how it does not go out of tune when u lock it in place and u can dive and tighten the strings on the tremlo...

what i dont like, um i would have to say its a pain switching strings... thats it everything else i love

this guitar is very strong...maple neck, mahogany, pearl inlays...this things is built to scream, and it does!!

Well bottom line, this guitar rocks, and yea Moge and Stinky i do think im bad cuz i got my soloist, cuz its better than ur Yamaha, and Washburn......so screw u 2, hahahaha this guitar is SICK!!!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
wulfgar05/17/2006

wulfgar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson Soloist XL
Japanese guitar

24 frets in ebony, reflex micro kit 1 humbucker 2 single (active)

Floyd original

1 vol, 2 tone and a switch for the microphones

Neck-through Maple

I put 9, I preferred two humbuckers

UTILIZATION

Channel jackson .... so end and large enough

Excellent access to the acute

It 6kilos in very good shape

Excellent

SOUNDS

- They are suitable to your style of music?

Yes, but beware it's a scratch for metal and nothing else

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

Marshall VS 100 R
Indeed korg

- What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

Very heavy distortion (I'm allowed in D)

- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

Good rhythm, although a humbucker would be perfect 2nd

OVERALL OPINION

I have been using 2semaines

Purchased from OCCAZ € 1000, she have never served 3 years and remained in flight case

- With experience, you do again this choice?

without hesitation: D