Up for sale, a 2000 Jackson Stars Soloist SL-J2/LE in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An uncommon left-handed Japanese domestic market model, the Jackson Stars instruments are the direct descendants of the Grover Jackson line, crafted at the Chu Shin factory. Featuring heelless maple neck-through construction with a rosewood fretboard and poplar body wings, this Jackson has an immediate, articulate natural response, faithfully captured by the stock pair of Seymour Duncan TB-5 Custom 5 Trembucker pickups.
These high output pickups meter at 14.5k ohms, with the design intention of “if the Custom 59 humbucker were twice as loud," featuring Alnico V construction and wax potting for optimal feedback rejection. The Trembucker TB-5 has balanced lows and highs, with slightly scooped mids for optimal clarity, taking heavy gain with ease and remaining focused and powerful. This Jackson Stars Soloist weighs 7lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck features a contoured heel and a slender D-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .765” deep at the 1st fret and .830” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is framed by grained ivoroid binding and features sharkfin inlay, and the jumbo fretwire is pristine. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the locking nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock sports a Jackson Stars logo, and the “Grover Jackson”-stamped (Gotoh-made) tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean black plating.
The electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls and a three-way pickup selector toggle, and the pickups are wired to the stock harness with full-size Japanese pots and untouched solder joints. The flat-topped knurled knobs are very clean, and the Schaller Floyd Rose-licensed vibrato functions smoothly and snaps quickly back to pitch from even the deepest divebombs, complete with its original arm.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a handful of tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the body perimeter, as well as light buckle wear central to the back. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A hardshell case is included.