#1
i been doing some pre christmas shopping and see whats around my ball park. i have always been interested in the jackson soloist. mainly the sl1, so i went on ebay and found out they only cost around 600-800 used and the usa soloist isn't that far from behind!.

now i came to a tough choice. is the usa soloist worth saving up for? even used the price tag is still 2x over the regular soloist.

since i owned nothing but gibson and fender so far i have no clue if the foreign made vs usa made is the same as fender and gibson(epiphone).
#2
I have a USA and it is great but I have played the Japanese version and it was suprisingly good. I got my USA for $1,000 used. The quality of the Japs is really good in my opinion. Look for a bargain, in this economy it is easier to find a good deal.
#3
i figured that much. right now i'm trying to stay around 600 price range since my budget is tight. but if the usa version is THAT good then maybe i'll bite the bullet and go for that
#4
The Jackson hierarchy in terms of quality.

'80s Customs and Students (mainly from the use of poplar instead of alder for the bodies)
Current Customs
USA Selects
early '90s pros (made with same materials as USA models and the build quality is damn near par)
current pros

So try to look for an '80s to early '90s USA soloist. For some odd reason, those can be found in the 800-1200 dollar range though they are worth more IMO.
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#5
Here ya go. Early '90s Archtop Soloist Pro. Every bit as good as the USA's of the time.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Jackson-Soloist-MINT-MIJ_W0QQitemZ260311495931QQihZ016QQcategoryZ33044QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#6
wow that's a nice one, it even has neck binding which i'm very used to from my sg standard. i hope i can find these deals around christmas