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Ok, I just bought a brand new Jackson Soloist SL2H, and even though the ebony fretboard looked a little bit grainy, I absolutely loved the way it played. However, I was looking to install a Goldo Backbox and when I opened the trem cavity, I noticed something extremely odd and concerning. The point of a small screw (but larger than the ones holding in cavity cover, but it looks like a sheet metal screw rather than a wood screw) JUST poking through the wood as if it was drilled in too far from the pickup cavity. I haven't removed the pickups on it yet, so I don't know if that's what it is, but I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of this before? Also, would that have anything to do with my pickups sounding slightly microphonic when the guitar is pressed against my chest like when I'm playing sitting down?

I just ordered the backbox and a set of Seymour Duncan active pickups, but I don't want to install either of these mods on a faulty guitar. Should I contact Jackson about it?
 

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I have *never* seen that on a guitar. I've seen it the other way around when someone screws the trem claw too tight and it goes through into the pickup cavity but never the other way around.

Take it back. An SL2H won't of been cheap so you deserve to get one without any issues.
 

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Good call on the earth ground screw. That's probably what it is. I just didn't wanna pull the pickups all out and mess with everything and then have Jackson be like naw, you modified it, we didn't do that, you know?

So what should i do? I could probably back the screw off just a little bit so it's flush with the body without affecting anything major right? The backbox would cover the hole anyway, so the cosmetics isn't much of an issue. That is, if it really is just a ground screw. Or do you think I should call up San Dimas and just get a new one? It's literally brand new, 08 that I've had for about a month and this is the first time I opened it.
 

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Thats a horrible problem

I think you should first grind it down, than file it down, sand it smooth with 900 grit..... than you should have it polished. don't attempt this yourself and let an experienced luthier do it. Than refinish the whole guitar.

Its in the freakin trem cavity with a lid on it . Get a life
 

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they probably laugh at him and rightfully so. I sold a truckload of axes and how many times did i hear...i give you less because there is a screw in the trem cavity ?? give me a break. play the guitar and enjoy
 

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Yeah thats no big deal it's not hurting anything and not affecting your sound in any way. Resale value? when was the last time you removed the trem cover before buying a guitar? I wouldn't worry about it. Actually, you should call Jackson and gripe maybe they will send you a free t-shirt or something. :)
 

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dude does it have passive emg's because that screw is how jackson grounds out there guitars there is a wire with an eye hole wrapped around the screw, that attches to the electronics, that is almost on all jacksons.
 

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ok, so it doesn't affect sound besides the fact that my bridge pickup is microphonic? no problem right? it's ok if my guitar picks up my voice when i'm talking or squeals whenever i plug power supplies into my pedals. sweeeeet.


but i dont' know if this is causing those problems or if the pickup (seymour duncan jb, by the way) is potted poorly. but the reason i opened the trem cavity in the first place (for those who wanted to bash me without reading the first post) was to install a goldo backbox, which happens to sit right on top of the screw, which would make it impossibly for the unit to sit flush against the guitar. meaning it would be useless as a trem stablizer.

i was pretty much just wondering if this is a common problem or a major defect in my particular guitar. i was planning on shimming out the screw in the pickup cavity with a washer so my backbox can sit flush in the trem cavity and do it's job properly if it was common (as it now seems to be, thanks)
 

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i want to use the trem though, that's why i bought the soloist. if i wanted a fixed bridge i would have bought one. i'm not complaining about the resale value of the guitar, have i once mentioned it? i have no problem with modifying or screwing into the wood, that's why i bought a 2008 model instead of a vintage. i have a 57 les paul custom that i'm keeping completely stock. this is my guitar to put personal touches on.
 
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