Quote: from vwall on 1:11 pm on Sep. 20, 2001
Being a Jackson fan, i highly recommend you run far and fast from anything thats not a usa. you will be lucky to get half what you paid if you try to resell it.
I recently bought a soloist style body made in the U.K. (for £40)
Not exactly to the mm shaped like a USA soloist, but not far, and constructed of higher quality woods than a factory job (IMHO). 4A Flamed top on and Indian Rosewood top and then on a base of Honduras (not Brazillian) Mahogany.
the fret boards are not the same quality, if its a jap its likely rosweood where the usa are ebony.
Well, Rosewood (Brazillian) is now an endagered species and you certainly won't find any fresh cut Rosewood on sale in the market now (it's illegal), non are being cut anymore (thank god) but current supplies must be made use of (Indian is still available and more desireable if you ask me, and not long before it becomes endangered also), so although Ebony has some endearing properties it still really isn't as much a saught after wood than Rosewood.
Mother of Pearl (and more so Abalone) is running short all over the world.
Abalone is in real dire straits at the moment and I'm sure is not far from world wide ban also.
Please try to be eco friendly.
It may sound like I'm some sort of hippy, but I care about our worlds resources and there is plenty of suitable alternatives.