Members ashasha Posted April 2, 2010 Members Share Posted April 2, 2010 I got it two days ago and have been trying to get past the new factor before I posted it here. It's been a while since I owned something like this and I'm in a bit of a love/hate thing with it right now. First off this was bought from Music123 as a used item marked as Mint. They aren't kidding when they say mint. It was absolutely spotless, not one single fingerprint or speck of dust on it. I have no idea what the deal was with it, but I got it for an extremely good price and they are a pleasure to do business with. I've given up on the other guys selling out of the same warehouse, the customer service is what sets these guys apart. I don't want to get into the details, but they sweetened the deal up for me even more which I appreciate a lot. So here are some lousy pictures: It was listed as black, but it's actually a metal flake finish. Not a real plus to be honest because it just looks dusty to me, but it's flawless. The neck is actually a bit on the wide side which is taking some getting used to with the longer scale compared to my main guitars. I like the neck a lot though. The frets are fantastic as they should be. If you look at them close they are shaped perfectly and they're all just about the exact same size so it wasn't like they had to cheat it when they leveled it. The frets are frickin humongous too; I'm used to medium to even small so this is new territory for me. It's a neck thru (my first one) and the neck joint is what really sold me on this. I don't spend all day in the upper register, but I appreciate good design ideas and this one impressed me. It's a real floyd rose if that matters to anyone here. I had an old Charvel years ago that had a Jackson licensed one that had issues with the blades so I was a little worried. The trem works like it should, very solid, a nice big block on it and it's got he best quiver or whatever you call it when you slap it. I like it. The neck and middle pickups are some SD single coil sized rail looking things. I expected them to be useless, but they are actually pretty decent even though I don't think that I'll be spending much time with them. They get a little stratty in the 2 and 4, but it's not exact. The bridge pickup is an SD JB. This is the single source of the hate side so far. It's my first JB and I'm having a hell of a time dialing in a good tone with it. I enjoy playing overdriven tones that are nice and fat with a lot of harmonic overtones. I suppose I bought this because I wanted to get something that was tighter, but this thing is ridiculous. It's very mid heavy and sounds like crap warm. I got some tips from some guys here and basically you have to drive this thing to the point of peeling paint on the walls to get it to sound good. So yeah, it's not as bad now, but it's a two trick pony, clean it's not horrible, but warm it's craptastic and overdriven it's fun. Here's a quick sound clip. Nothing special, just some dorking around using Waves GTR (it's so hard to dial in that I couldn't even get it to sound good with Guitar Rig 3 which is my go to). I absolutely hate being recorded so just deal with the mistakes and shit. And I'm still working on getting a good tone with it. http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_songInfo.cfm?bandID=671869&songID=8966655 Only thing that I had to do was lower the action just a touch, lower the middle pickup to balance the levels and raise the bridge pickup a bit to help it sound less sucky. The jury is still out on the JB, but the rest of the guitar is really great so far. I'm not real sold on the color, but that's just being nitpicky, I don't look at myself in the mirror playing and it's a player. EDIT: Forgot to say that it's a Soloist SL3 and it's MIJ. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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