Up for sale, a 1991 Jackson Soloist Arched-Top Custom HH in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and Japanese documentation. This Jackson is a very rare Japanese domestic market model, among the highest tiered Jackson/Charvel Soloist models offered by the Chushin Gakki factory, rarer still with a custom color See-Through Green finish and costing a whopping 195,000 yen when sold new over three decades ago.
Tonewoods featured include a carved (arched) flame maple top on a mahogany body and a mahogany set neck capped by a bound ebony fretboard, and this guitar has a warm, resonant acoustic presence with glassy articulation faithfully captured by the stock pair of Jackson humbuckers. The powerful J-80 in the bridge position is big and bold, with aggressive highs and a balanced midrange, and the J-50 in the neck position has a full sound with great definition and tight, responsive lows. Additionally, the five-way JE-0005 blade selector switch offers coil splitting options in positions 2 and 4 for snappy single coil cut. Featherweight at just 7lbs 3oz, this Soloist Arched-Top Custom has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a modestly slender D-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders and a consistent feel in all registers, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .855” at the 12th. The 24-fret ebony fretboard features grained ivoroid binding, reverse sharkfin inlay and a compound 12”-16” radius, and the J1-prefix serial is embossed beyond the 24th fret. The jumbo frets are flawless, at full factory height with well-rounded crowns. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures a hair wider than 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports a truss rod cover with “Custom” silkscreen script and a large Jackson logo with smaller “Grover Jackson” text. The black Jackson-branded tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are wired to the stock harness, with full-size pots that date to April, ‘91, and the control configuration includes Master Volume and Tone knobs, plus the five-way JE-0005 pickup selector switch. The black-plated hardware is notably clean, including the pair of dome-topped knurled knobs and the "Tunamatic" bridge.
The gloss See-Through Green finish highlights flame figuring across the maple cap, most prominent on the lower bout and on the horns. This guitar is exceptionally clean, with cosmetic wear limited to a scant few tiny nicks along the lower bout perimeter and a few faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.
The original Jackson-branded hardshell case is included, along with the Japanese owner’s manual and warranty card.