#1
My "new" 1998 Jackson USA "Shannon" Soloist.

I wanted a Soloist and found this on eBay and bought it having never played it and got lucky. Wow, other than a little tarnish on the input jack plate and tuners it's in NOS condition. It's certainly not a vintage instrument but it has some old guitar vibe.





Mike Shannon is a long time Jackson custom shop builder and had a hand in the Soloist and RR designs. While this isn't a true custom guitar they were a limited production run in the late '90's. Has the Mike Shannon signature.





Newer Jackson Soloists have a recessed Floyd but the Shannon model has a chrome top mount German Original Floyd which I prefer. It's more 80's that way. The neck, yes neck thru, is at an angle to accommodate the Floyd sitting on top of the body so the strings sit way up high like a Gibson.



The quater sawn maple neck has of course 24 medium jumbo frets, ebony fret board and real MOP sharkfin inlays, chrome Gotoh tuners and a silkscreen Jackson logo. Once and for freakin' all the 1 11/16 neck is .750" at the 1st fret and about .875" at the 12th fret. The Jackson neck measures EXACTLY the same as the neck on my 1999 Gibson Gothic Flying V. It even feels like the neck on the Gibson. In contrast my USA production Charvel also has the same measurements but the Charvel has a C shape while the Jackson and the Gibson have a more squared off D shape to the fretboard edge. The Jackson (and the Charvel) have a compound fretboard radius. Nice.

The guitar originally had a Duncan Pearly Gates but the previous owner swapped it out for a ceramic Duncan Parallel Axis Distortion (and included the original pup). For now the Parallel Axis is staying. I don't know what the single coils are, they seem hot. Heck I don't even own a "single coil amp" haha. I might swap out the neck for something lower output. Also installed is a Floyd upgrades big brass L block and a trem stopper.. it is a top mount Floyd after all.

Overall what a beautiful awesome sounding guitar! It sounds BIG. Leads scream and chords are distinct notes. Sustain for days! The fit and finish on this guitar are outstanding. The pictures I posted don't do it justice. There isn't a rough unpolished spot anywhere and the binding over the fret ends is absolutely perfect. The cool part, I got this for about $100 more than a new import Jackson.

Thanks for looking everyone and Rock ON!
#2
Wow.

What else can i say?


HNGD dude.

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#3
Beautiful Guitar.
Well spotted.
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#4
increased neck angle? i'm listening.

very nice bob, like holy shit nice bob.
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#5
HNGD! Simple yet completely F***ing badass, I like it. ^_^
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#6
HNGD, but i do need compensation due to me being blinded by the epicness of the guitar
#7
oh yeah, and epic sandals man!
On playing the Paul Gilbert signature at the guitar store extensively, my missus sighed:
"Put it down now, It's like you love that guitar more than me!"
In Which I replied.
"Well it has got two F-Holes!"
#8
badass, very nice indeed.

extra neck angle is cool too
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#9
Happy new Guitar Day!!!!!!!!!11111 sweet axe and plays and sounds great ....... you got a great guitar
#10
Holy dickbiscuit, HNGD. That thing looks damn fine
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#11
Soloists are the shit man! Congrats. I only like my washburn better. But my soloist has served me for so many years, and it still amazes me.

HNGD!
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#12
Thanks guys. I'm enjoying this guitar!

Quote by gregs1020
increased neck angle? i'm listening.

very nice bob, like holy shit nice bob.


Quote by Dave_Mc
badass, very nice indeed.

extra neck angle is cool too


For you cats who don't know what we're talking about..

As I understand it, back in the day when a Floyd was still an add on accessory you would remove your vintage ( it wasn't called vintage then) six screw trem and sink a couple hardened V notched wood screws into the top of your Strat and slap the new trem right on top. Since the neck pocket was routed parallel to the body when you strung up that tall Floyd the action on the 21st fret.. the last one, was a half inch off the fretboard. To "fix" that you would put shims under the heel of the neck so the fretboard pointed up in the air and everything lined up right, sort of. If you recess the trem everything lines up with the normal body parallel to the neck set up. If you want to top mount a Floyd on a bolt on you can also route the neck pocket at an angle like Charvel does on the USA production models. If you want to top mount the Floyd on a Jackson neck thru well.. you can't shim anything so you have to make it that way, which is why we're fussing over the neck angle.
#13
Quote by BobDetroit
Thanks guys. I'm enjoying this guitar!


For you cats who don't know what we're talking about..

As I understand it, back in the day when a Floyd was still an add on accessory you would remove your vintage ( it wasn't called vintage then) six screw trem and sink a couple hardened V notched wood screws into the top of your Strat and slap the new trem right on top. Since the neck pocket was routed parallel to the body when you strung up that tall Floyd the action on the 21st fret.. the last one, was a half inch off the fretboard. To "fix" that you would put shims under the heel of the neck so the fretboard pointed up in the air and everything lined up right, sort of. If you recess the trem everything lines up with the normal body parallel to the neck set up. If you want to top mount a Floyd on a bolt on you can also route the neck pocket at an angle like Charvel does on the USA production models. If you want to top mount the Floyd on a Jackson neck thru well.. you can't shim anything so you have to make it that way, which is why we're fussing over the neck angle.

thanks for the info and HNGD
#14
yeah, i know (unless you meant you were explaining it for people other than us, and that we'd just brought it up).

But yeah, it's a good idea. As you said, the action'd be a mile high at the higher frets if you didn't have a neck angle there.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#15
get a side on pic to show us.....


please?

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#17
^^ you can see it in the last pic a bit (if you know what to look for), you can sort of see that the neck is hitting the body at an angle.
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#18
I know I just wanted more pics lol

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#19
how would you describe that parallel axis humbucker? im guessing you like it since you said you're keeping it. can you compare it to other seymour duncans?

nice axe by the way


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#20
Quote by Tom 1.0
I know I just wanted more pics lol


Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#21
I have a fetish for Non-Recessed trems lol

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#24
Quote by Dave_Mc
yeah, i know (unless you meant you were explaining it for people other than us, and that we'd just brought it up).

But yeah, it's a good idea. As you said, the action'd be a mile high at the higher frets if you didn't have a neck angle there.


Dave! of course you know.. you're the one who explained it to me!!

Quote by Tom 1.0
get a side on pic to show us.....


please?


Sure I'll post more pics.. but I have to sell something first so I can afford batteries for the camera.

Quote by SYLrules88
how would you describe that parallel axis humbucker? im guessing you like it since you said you're keeping it. can you compare it to other seymour duncans?

nice axe by the way


Thanks dude.

How does that Parallel Axis sound.. in my new Jackson? Bro, that's kind of like asking "Jessica Alba is your prom date. What do you think of her dress?" hahaha awesome!

Okay I haven't played lots of pickups but here's some I know. In that guitar the Parallel Axis sounds big and full with lots of top end, lots of definition, lots of output. It doesn't clean up no matter how low you turn the volume, oh well. The SD website says it's tipped up on top but it has more bottom than their description would lead you to believe. I can tell it's a ceramic compared to a JB although it's similar. Warmer than the Gibson 500T in my Flying V but less pushed back? Way less mids than a Dimarzio Tone Zone. Sounds good thru my Marshall JMP-1. Sounds awesome thru my VHT UL. I'll have a better idea after I crank everything up at band practice.

Quote by Vendetta V
well i acutally meant the fatness of the neck.. anything close to a strat?!


I've played a few Strats with really weird necks but in general I'd say this is a little thinner, flatter fretboard radius and the back of the neck is less round.
Last edited by BobDetroit at Oct 4, 2010,
#25
You are going spend a lot of time polishing that thing shiny black beauty you got there - HNGD
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#26
Quote by BobDetroit
Dave! of course you know.. you're the one who explained it to me!!


oh man, woops! I don't remember that
Quote by crownegamers
I saw in a couple of pictures that on Bucketheads Les Paul (only some pictures) that his neck pickup is painted in white. Can anyone explain to me why he would do this, and if there are any pros and cons.

Quote by dspellman
The guy wears a KFC Bucket and a white mask during performances, and you're interested in the color of his pickup covers?

#29
Quote by BobDetroit

Sure I'll post more pics.. but I have to sell something first so I can afford batteries for the camera.






I see you got some new pics. That is interesting. I don't think I've actually seen one of those before. Looks great Bob.


HNGD
#31
Happy new guitar day. Sweet guitar. Only thing that could've possibly made it any more metal is if it were from the 80's
#32
That's a Keeper!

Quite Jealous, also a fan of the older Floyds.
#34
I can haz a San Dimas? Preeze?

I am thoroughly jealous of your guitars
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#35
Quote by BobDetroit
which is why we're fussing over the neck angle.

and another reason.

i actually prefer the neck angle for playability. with a straight neck guitar (strat, i'm lookin' at you ) my fret hand is further forward when i have the body of the guitar in my sweet spot.

with a neck angle, my fret hand is further back and it's just more playable.

that is one of the main differences of the prs mccarty. r.i.p. ted.
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#36
NOMNOMNOM .... i shall be ordering myself a KV2 this month .... have fun playing it
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#37
Nice neck through and a floyd, thats one sexy jackson. HNGD!
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#38
epic, love the headstock and the look of that painted neck. This has re-ignited my love for soloists!
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#39
Hey Bobdetroit.

I would just like to say i would make sweet guitar shred (or atleast attempted) love to every guitar in your collection especially that new addition there.

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