So I have been pretty GASsy over USA Jacksons for a while, and then some dude posted a photo somewhere of his family of all black jacksons and knew I had to get one. I’m an avid peruser of reverb and craigslist, usually just looking for older ESP’s and PRS CU24’s, and started searching for US Jackson’s. While I think I would have preferred an SL2H, I decided to go after an SL1 for the tonal variety, and because I’ve been getting along with my strat tone so much recently. This one eventually showed up for pretty cheap (some headstock damage, more on that later), so I threw it on the watch list. Come last Friday, guy knocked it down a couple hundred more dollhairs, so I decided screw it, I gotta do it. The next closest one in price was $800 more, so I definitely made out well on this one. As you can see, it’s in decent shape, especially for a 21 year old guitar. Some bumps and bruises here and there, but nothing hindering play or anything structural. Here are the below issues though: As you can see, the “J” is a different color, and there is some damage just below the “A”. It looks like it fell over at some point, took some damage but was repaired. If you run your fingers over it, you can’t feel anything so the repair wasn’t too bad and the J was replaced with MOP as well, but I do wish they would have sourced a similar color piece. There is also a small spot where an inlay is almost caving in or something, in the corner. Other than the paint and some small cosmetic things, it’s in pretty damn good shape. The knife edges on the Floyd are near untouched, and the frets show very little wear as well. There is some discoloration on the Floyd, but no corrosion. This is easily one of the smoothest playing guitars I’ve ever picked up in my life, though. I’ve only played it plugged in a couple times, but I REALLY dig the single coils. JB’s aren’t my favorite, but it does sound really good in this guitar, so swapping it out is pretty unlikely. All that said and done, I do think I need to get some help with it. The strings are nearly sitting on the first few frets, and it has a bit of buzz on those frets as well. What I believe happened, is when they did the repair to the headstock that the locking nut may have been shimmer and they didn’t replace it. I’m thinking I just need to raise that up a bit and this thing will be golden in that regard. I do have a weird sound issue though. In my prior experience, all single coils are a bit noisy, even with strings muted. On this guitar, however, the positions with singles are near dead quiet, but the one with the JB is pretty noisy. Is it as simple as it being an old pickup and just needs some wax potting? Either way, enjoy the crappy pictures and throw me some input on the above issues mentioned if you care to.