Stealth XL review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.9 (35 votes)
Jackson: Stealth XL
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Price paid: $ 250

Sound — 10
The bridge pickup is hot but is just shy of a DiMarzio super 2 pickup in terms of sound and tone. The middle and neck pickups have hum as with most single coil pickups. They have a blues/jazz sound and bring out the character of the wood. I again use a Boss MT-2 Metal Zone with a Kustom 100watt combo amp. The range of style you can play is very broad. You can play rock, metal, blues, and jazz on it.

Overall Impression — 9
I play rock/metal as stated in my other review. I'm not too worried about this guitar getting stolen. It was $700 guitar new when first released and now it brings around $300-$330 which is a shame really. It plays like $700 should play and not the crap pros Jackson has out now. If you you've ever picked up a SL3 or SL4 jap soloist, this guitar plays exactly the same as those for the fraction of the price.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This is a definite live playing guitar. It can be used as a main axe or a backup. The quality of the hardware is very good and will last for 30+ years at least. It hardly goes out of tune and if it does it's because of the change in humidity level.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I don't know how well it was setup at the factory but it needed to be setup when I bought it. The pickups were fine. It is a used guitar and had a small finish crack like the edge of a hammer or another guitar Tool had accidently hit it. I love the finish on it and if caught just right in the light, you can see a little flame in the wood.

Features — 10
This is a 1992 Jackson Stealth XL Profession model. It was made in Japan. It has a quarter-sawn maple neck, rosewood fretboard and 22 jumbo frets. 24.75" scale (Gibson les paul scale if not correct measurement). Tapered swamp ash body in a butterscotch-yellow finish. The style is similar to a Strat. It has a Jackson Liscenced Floyd Rose tremolo. It has a H/S/S configuration with Jackson J-90c and J-100 pickups respectively with Passive electronics. It was a 5-way pickup switch vol/tone with push-pull coil tap on the tone control. Original Jackson tuners, non-locking. I got a hardshell Jackson case that is molded to dinkys. It fits very well in there.

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    GunLeatherGuy
    You know what....guys like these are either brand *****s or squids..the worst are both! Jacksons are one of the best rock guitars made...Many of the best guitarist's in the world have played them, period. And anyone stupid/ignorant enough to say a "company" sucks...buy this is just showing how f'n stupid they are! Everyone has built crap and everyone makes good guitars...Jacksons is light years over dean generally...Ive had many of both and if your gonna spend less than 500$ get a Jackson used hands down. Ive sent 3 razorbacks back because of bad necks...which sucked...because I wanted to love the guitars. I still have 3 Jacksons and probably always will have. Dont show us your really a 14 year old wanna be rock star by opening your mouth and shoving you foot in it. DumbAsses!!!!!
    wizards?
    Bought one at a pawn shop yesterday. Good thing my girlfriend can't be with me right now because I'm in love. Oh god this guitar is amazing, I just have a few tech things to fix up, but other than that, I'm golden. I paid $130 for a $700 guitar... Hell yeah!
    jordanzio
    its nice that you own that. the early 90's jackson professionals (all made in japan boys) are actually collectors items now whether you knew it or not (at least among jackson enthusiasts) the guitars built in the japan factory at that time supposedly rivaled the usa built ones in terms of build quality and sound. i have a stealth hx and i will never sell it. thinnest neck i have ever seen. faster than ibanez wizard neck
    happy strummer
    GNRkixass wrote: All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again.
    i did, its an okay guitar, im thinking about rebuilding it again. but even if its mediocre i TOTALLY agree with you! lol. i still like playing it more than my nice Deans.
    the_addict
    I love guitars that have basswood/alder/swamp ash/maple/poplar bodies. I like their individual characteristics. Im not too enthused with mahogany
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    Demonikk
    wigers will die wrote: i love jacsons but do not like this one.... it only got basewood with stock pickups... you can get ALOT better jacksons than this
    Well this guitar was made a good 16 years ago, so in prime condition, yes it will be a little outdated in terms of hardware
    wigers will die
    i love jacsons but do not like this one.... it only got basewood with stock pickups... you can get ALOT better jacksons than this
    Wil-man-101
    Huh. This looks almost exactly like a guitar I own, except mine is made by an old company called Vantage. I can't figure out how to tune it, and I would prefer to sell it than have to maintain it. I live in Nova Scotia if anyone is interested.
    TooFast
    quote]papercuteye wrote: old news[/quote] Obviously.
    GuitarPlayer716 wrote: Get a Fender Fat Strat, you'll be 100 times happier
    No, YOU will be 100 times happier. Others may not.
    strat0blaster
    Alpha_Wolf wrote: GNRkixass wrote: All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again. WAY easier said than done.
    You gonna send us all the cash to pay for that wonder axe? Get real.
    Ali-b912
    GNRkixass wrote: All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again.
    well in my opinion you are a perfect example of someone saying a self built guitar is the best thing ever. i think its overrated because someone said they like it. plus its more expensibe, and if you dont know what your doing your guitar will be absolutely useless. idiot. only a luthier would be able to build a guitar to their own personal sound, because they would know how.
    x_themetalfan_x
    GNRkixass wrote: All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again.
    Yeah, because that's perfectly feasible. Jackson guitars are very nice, I've got a DK2M and I love it.
    Alpha_Wolf
    GNRkixass wrote: All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again.
    WAY easier said than done.
    GNRkixass
    All guitar companies are overrated. Build your own guitar from scratch, unique to your personal sound and look. You will never want to play a guitar from Jackson, Gibson, Fender, or any guitar brand again.
    IbanezxXx
    i have the stealth EX and its great it looks exactly the same i was told its a 93 but from research, this guy basically sumed up my feeling on it
    BurningTheLives
    LTDax260 wrote: WOW. I Didn't know that Jackson have Red Guitars. lol. Kicks butt guitar.
    lol many guitar companies make red guitars
    LTDax260
    WOW. I Didn't know that Jackson have Red Guitars. lol. Kicks butt guitar.
    the_addict
    GuitarPlayer716 wrote: Get a Fender Fat Strat, you'll be 100 times happier
    I've played one and imo NOT a Hard rock guitar. Its too shy and i loathe fender necks. Older fenders pre-1990 are amazing.
    papercuteye wrote: old news
    Then tell me something I dont know about the guitar genius