Up for sale, a 2003 Jackson Stars SL-J2 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An uncommon 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 an ebony fretboard, alder body wings and a quilted maple top, this Jackson has an immediate, articulate natural projection, faithfully captured by the pair of Seymour Duncan SH-4 (JB) humbuckers.
Seymour Duncan’s most popular pickup of all time, the SH-4 is the original hot-rodded humbucker. It’s a high output pickup with a rich, versatile tone; the low end is full and powerful, the highs are crisp and detailed, and there’s an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality for melodic playing. Additionally, the push/pull global coil tap on the Tone knob delivers single coil snap and sparkle. This SL-J2 weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck features a contoured heel and a D-shaped profile carve, slender and fast with lots of shoulder, measuring .765" deep at the 1st fret and .860" at the 12th. The 24-fret ebony fretboard has a 15” radius, framed by grained ivoroid binding and featuring shark fin inlay, with the serial stamped beyond the 24th fret. The jumbo fretwire is nigh flawless, with plenty of meat and 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 locking nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the “Jackson Stars”-stamped tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
The electronics function as intended, with Master Volume and Tone controls and a three-way pickup selector toggle, plus the push/pull global coil tap on the Tone knob. The dome-topped knurled knobs are quite clean, and there is just a hint of patina on the Schaller-made Floyd Rose Licensed vibrato. This vibrato is designed for deep divebombs and broad, expressive wails with ideal tuning stability, and the unit comes complete with its original arm.
The gloss Transparent Blue finish highlights the dense figuring in the quilted maple top, and cosmetic wear is limited to a handful of minor finish chips along the lower bout perimeter, very limited buckle worming, and a scant few tiny dings on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss on the neck profile is pristine.
A hardshell case is included.