Submitted August 18, 2018 by randell m in new braunfels, TX
"It's exactly what I wanted, but..."
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Preface: my first new Jackson was 1989. Though I have played many other brands since, Jackson is my fav. I have a couple of Mick Thomson's Ibanez MTM1 signature guitars, so when he went to Jackson, I was excited, as I do like their compound radius fretboards. But...issue 1: Upon opening the box, as the pics show, the truss rod cover was not installed. it comes in a bag with a screw and the tools. Why? Why do I have to pre-drill my screw hole and install the truss rod cover myself? issue 2: the back of the neck has 3 finish blemishes(bumps). This is a first for me. In all the Jacksons I have bought, including another post-Grover era guitars, I haven't had this issue. Maybe I've been lucky in the past? I don't know.issue 3: the ebony fretboard was amazingly dry, and needed to be conditioned immediately. Really noticeable right out of the box at the edges of most of the frets.So, with that said, I adjusted the neck out, installed the truss rod cover, and conditioned the fretboard. tuned it, played it, liked it and chose not to return it for the bumps on the back of the neck. They were minimal and not noticeable at all when playing. And, I love the way it plays! So, I kept it. I still give it high ratings. I like Jacksons, and this was exactly what I wanted. I am keeping the signature SD pickup set too. Sounds great, no complaints.
playing/recording/producing professionally and casually since 1986. Guitar, bass.
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