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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-30-2006, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Quality of Jackson and ESP

I know Jackson and ESP has a good reputation, especially back in the 80's and 90's these companies would've been very popular. Is there reputation for quality staying consistant or is it heading downhill (In other words, are older models better than new models)?
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Jackson is still Jackson. Even though A LOT of people continually believe that the older Pre-Fender, the current Jackson stuff is actually VERY consistant as compared to some of the 90's Jacksons when Akia owned them. The USA Jacksons have always been pretty consistant, but I'd probably go with a current one from Jackson just because most of the guys who work at the Jackson factory have been there for about 10 years or more, and their work doesn't get worse over time.

ESP has always been consistant in my book. Thier quality isn't going downhill either so choosing a Jackson or an ESP is still a good choice. Interesting thing is, back 10-15+ years ago, ESP wanted real distributors in the US to market thier stuff but lost the market to Ibanez becasue they failed to establish a US point of presence and endorsement. Now, they're one of the hottest products out there.

My advice here is to just get a USA made Jackson or Jap made ESP regardless of the time period it was made in. (I do find that the newer ones out are a little better constructed as both companies have refined thier craft)
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I've always think of jackson and esp as a metal guitar....
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Jackson is still Jackson. Even though A LOT of people continually believe that the older Pre-Fender, the current Jackson stuff is actually VERY consistant as compared to some of the 90's Jacksons when Akia owned them.
I have not played to many of the newer Jacksons, but the two best and easily the worst Jacksons that I have played have all been pretty new. The rest of them may be consistent though because I've only played maybe a dozen or so.
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I've always think of jackson and esp as a metal guitar....
They look fairly metal, even the more classic shapes like the soloist look semi metal. Typically their stock pups need a lot of gain on them too. Mahogany bodies tend to be best for metal, but with a maple top they can be metal or clean with the proper pickups and player.... and a strat can also be metal as well!
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I really like the ESP Horizons they look really nice
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Yeah or the Jackson soloists. The roughly strat shaped guitars are usually the most comfortable
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and a strat can also be metal as well!
yes a strat can play metal too... but you need to boost em if they are all single coils
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I have a Eclipse II and its a fantastic guitar
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I Have an MH-1000 which is a really really nice Ltd, but I find thier paint jobs aren't as thick as Ibanez's. I can see through to the wood grain in some spots, but thats why I'm refinishing it.
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I love Jacksons. They are some sweet, easy playing guitars. I like lots and lots of guitars, though
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I have not played to many of the newer Jacksons, but the two best and easily the worst Jacksons that I have played have all been pretty new. The rest of them may be consistent though because I've only played maybe a dozen or so.
It all depends on which guitars you play really. If you play the cheap low end models(usually the ones made in India) they're pretty bad. Thier Japanese made ones are pretty darn good for the money and thier US models have always been [email protected]$$. Like most companies, it's best to avoid models at the bottom of the pit.
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New Jacksons are probably THE BEST in terms of quality - in my eyes at least. They generally wipe the floor with almost anything else out there. But I am talking about that proper USA made Jacksons, not the crappy Korean models. ESP are very good too, and would probably come 2nd on my list.

As much as I love Ibanez - the higher-end models like the JEM's dont come close to USA Jacksons in terms of quality. But thats just my 2p. JCustoms do however - so it all depends!
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I love Jacksons, as I've said just before But Jackson doesn't make a bolt on that blows a Jem away. If you compare the Soloist to the Jem, it's all down to personal taste and whether you prefer bolts or neck throughs (you need a few of both, really ) I don't think Ibanez makes a neck through that can touch a good Soloist either. You might get a bit better than a Jem by paying a lot more money to some boutique company, but the 7VWH really is just about as good as modern bolt ons get, IMHO. It is simply a great, great guitar. Some people like the J Customs more, as there is certainly more diversity in the J Custom line, but even then it's still mostly a matter of taste.
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It all depends on which guitars you play really. If you play the cheap low end models(usually the ones made in India) they're pretty bad. Thier Japanese made ones are pretty darn good for the money and thier US models have always been [email protected]$$. Like most companies, it's best to avoid models at the bottom of the pit.
I am talking only about the US models only here. That one was just way below average.
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