Caved Again. Jackson Metal Monster Incoming...

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  1. slowhand84

    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    So over the last two weeks I kind of had a fire sale because I got sick of great guitars lying around unplayed while I play others I own...and managed to sell 7 guitars. All local, no shipping. Woo!

    Made a promise not to buy any more guitars for now, but decided a little browsing can't hurt (famous last words) and promised myself I'd only bite on something really killer for an equally killer price...and ended up with a sweet metal monster.

    I've been looking for another Jackson (they're probably my favorite guitars, honestly) to keep tuned a whole step down, and REALLY wanted something older, MIJ, maple fretboard, and preferably solid black or solid white with a great quality Floyd and high gain pickups.

    Ended up with this guy, a 1994 Jackson Dinky Professional. These have the old Schaller-made German Floyds that I personally consider to be the best floyd trem, and the previous owner modded it with EMG X pickups . The thing just looked lethal, I had to have it.

    Later found the reverb listing here and this is the exact guitar inbound:

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    Now, the wait begins...! :barefoot::barefoot::barefoot:
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Jackson love bump
     
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    Congrats; that bad boy looks like it was made to make some noise.
     

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    Congrats on the score!! If you ever need to unload it, let me know ;)
     
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    Ooh sexy beast! Congrats!
     
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    Will do! Guess I better not mention what I paid for it though :p
     
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    Pointy and lethal is right!
    Congrats and enjoy.
    I'm a recent convert Jackson fanboi myself.
     
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    I've been a fan for roughly 15 years, and nowadays a search for hard to find Japanese Jacksons is always on my to-do list. The other two I own are higher end, but these were still $800-900 when they came out in 94-95. Just a little less fancy without the sharkfin inlays and whatnot.
     
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    Incredibly clean for a1994 model. Congrats, she's a beauty!
     
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    Beautiful! :hearteyes:
     
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    Sweet guitar! those MIJ Jacksons are sleepers. but I'm confused, the trem has a Jackson logo but it's a Schaller Floyd??
     
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    Wait, isn't this the opposite of a sleeper?

    1. It's MIJ, suggesting high quality and performance
    2. It's Jackson, suggesting high quality and performance

    This would be a bit like trying to pretend my Trans Am is a Corolla. It's fast alright, but it's not fooling anybody about that. :)
     
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    Yep, they all had Jackson logos on the left side because they were made by Schaller for Jackson specifically for the higher end Professional series guitars (and also for some of the higher end Charvels of the time), but on the right side above the trem arm hole they have "Made in Germany by Schaller".

    You can see it in the 2nd pic above.

    I have two others that are higher end than this one (both 1990 models), also with the same exact trem. They call it the "JT-590".

    Haha, excellent point. I think folks have different definitions for what "sleeper" means when they use the term but usually it refers to something that isn't expected to be good, but is. Certainly wouldn't say that's the case here :).
     
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    The early MIJ Jacksons are not sleepers buy any means...i can easily say they’d wipe the floor (in regards to build quality) with a large portion of the import guitar market even today lol. Especially the Pro guitars they released.


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    Yep the Professional Pro series from the early 90s were the highest end MIJ Jacksons and were built with identical specs to the USA models (and had the price tags to match) - with bound ebony boards, quartersawn maple necks, Schaller trems, active tone circuits, real mother of pearl inlays and headstock logo, etc.

    Here's a neat little link that has all the info on the series, misconceptions, etc. This list includes the one I just bought here and the other 2 higher end ones I already have.

    I'm heavily in debt to whoever wrote this out because it really gave me a ton of information without which I wouldn't have any of these Jacksons that I am crazy about! Come to think of it if anyone at GC ever read this, I also wouldn't have been able to snag any of these the way I did...I'm constantly on the lookout for 'em because they're often mislabeled as newer and way cheaper Indonesian Pro models.

    http://audiozone.dk/index-filer/jackson-pro-professional.php
     
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    I loved the info audiozone had on the old school Jacksons. Super clutch especially when trying to figure out info about the Professional models on the used market.

    Which higher-end models do you have? I myself owned two Soloist Pros, both in Snow White, both from 90 (one with EMGs and one with a JB and stock single coils). Easily the most smooth guitars I’ve ever played


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    Ah ok, I'm not up to speed on Jacksons. The MIJ I used to have had a JT-580 which was a damn good licensed Floyd.

    I guess I saw it as a sleeper because most of the people I know who have MIJ Jacksons are just Jackson fanatics and anyone else who had a Jackson had a newer production model
     
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    Awesome! I have a 1990 Soloist Pro too in Blue Pearl (and also with the stock singles cuz I love them and a JB in the bridge!), and a 1990 Fusion Pro in Ferrari Red.

    Never felt the need to swap the single coils, they just work sound SO terrific with the active circuit. Always felt the stock JB50 bridge pickups were good but not great, so I changed both of those to a Duncan JB and a Dimarzio Steve Special.

    I hear you! There's a lot of misinformation out there (and I don't mean to say this in a stuffy way but it seems like a lot of people don't really care to take the time to get informed) so a lot of folks just don't know the quality level of these and often can't tell them apart from the lower level MIJ Jackson stuff...which is still quite solid but not on the level of the old Pros.

    Somehow I just knew you'd dig this particular one ;)
     
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    Oh side note, if anyone likes EMGs here please let me know because these are going to be up for sale/trade the second the guitar arrives.

    I’m not a fan :)
     
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    I am envious of that Ferrari Red! And I agree about the single coils - they sounded very nice clean and with that active circuit, held their own for leads.

    I may be interested on those EMGs, so I'll keep you posted!
     
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