Stealth XL Review

manufacturer: Jackson date: 02/29/2008 category: Electric Guitars

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Jackson: Stealth XL
This is a 1992 Jackson Stealth XL Profession model. It has a quarter-sawn maple neck, rosewood fretboard and 22 jumbo frets. 24.75" scale (Gibson les paul scale if not correct measurement).
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8
 Features: 10
 Overall rating:
 8 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 6.9 
 Votes:
 34 
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review (1) 28 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 9
Stealth XL Reviewed by: the_addict, on february 29, 2008
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 250

Features: 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. // 10

Sound: 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. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: 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. // 8

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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. // 9

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