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    Jackson American Series

    They’re nickel-silver frets. Fine tuners not moving smoothly on a new trembis a thing for sure (I think it’s mostly on the black finish, not gold or chrome), but it usually remedies itself. If not, like you said, some vaseline fixes it
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    Jackson American Series

    Either extruded or drawn, though I’m not positive which EDIT: It could also be rolled
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    Jackson American Series

    Interesting. I've legitimately never heard of these guys, but they claim to supply just about every mainstream guitar manufacturer. What's interesting is that Jescar also claims supply some of these same manufacturers... Anyone here ever use (or hear of) Blacksmith fret wire?
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    Jackson American Series

    Yeah but do you need to go to Japan to place the order and take delivery? Or will they ship overseas? If you don’t live in Japan, the travel cost and possible issues importing it to your home country might make the difference between a shape they offer and the banana quite expensive.
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    Jackson American Series

    This reminded me that, apparently, ESP won’t do the banana headstock on custom builds anymore, only Lynch sigs. But yeah, neither Warren nor Boardman are super close to Cleveland, but I’d definitely make the drive for a store that had badass guitars like that in stock.
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    Jackson American Series

    I got fed up with the shit selection situation in 2020 when I was stuck at home and wanted another guitar. The local Sam Ash had a no questions asked 45 day return policy (no return shipping or restocking fee either if you brought it back to the store). So I ordered what I wanted, thankfully...
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    Jackson American Series

    Damn. I’m jealous. The only music gear I bought in the Youngstown area was a Class 5 combo off of a dude on Craigslist. We did meet in the GC parking lot though. Ended up going inside and looking around. Selection was, as expected, garbage.
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    Jackson American Series

    Yeah I'm in the Cleveland area, and Guitar Riot is amazing, but they don't carry the more metal-oriented guitars. There's also the Music Farm in Canton, who carry the metal brands, but never seem to have any high end models in store. Other than that, it's just Guitar Center and Sam Ash
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    Jackson American Series

    Yup that’s my situation in Northeast Ohio. I’ve never seen any ESP higher than an LTD 1000 series in person. And, until I bought my 85 sight unseen, I had never seen a USA Jackson in person EDIT: But I can get my hands on $5k+ Gibson, Martin, and Fender any day of the week
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    Jackson American Series

    This is the best part about having a local store that gets the nice shit in. I have one near me for Gibson, Fender, and Martin. But no one carries high end Jacksons or ESPs near me
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    ESP Arrow haters - Talk me out of getting one

    The arrow has a little more of a wing on the bottom, so I imagine they’re not quite as tricky as RRs when seated. But you definitely get used to a V / RR pretty quickly anyway IME. As for OCD about whacking it on shit, idk what the answer is there. A Steinberger? They’re guitars. They’re going...
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    ESP Arrow haters - Talk me out of getting one

    We already talked him out of an Arrow lol
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    ESP Arrow haters - Talk me out of getting one

    Warriors are cool. They’re like a bigger, more brutal, BC Rich Stealth The only discouraging thing about them for me is that the original Warrior was so cool, but only made for 2 years, so it’s almost impossible to find one. Here’s an example on Reverb...
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    Jackson American Series

    Not on social media, but you’re 100% right (they’re called “overlays” apparently) https://www.jcfonline.com/forum/equipment/tech-q-a/23758-how-do-they-inlay-mop-logos-on-headstocks Apparently it’s also in multiple pieces. Looks neat, but, like I said before, I like the paint logos better myself
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    Gibson Kirk Hammett Greeny

    At least it’s cheaper than this 50 guitar Martin run I guess lol https://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/D-200-Deluxe.html?cgid=guitars
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    Gibson Kirk Hammett Greeny

    Which guitar’s price point? The real Greenie, or these recreation Gibsons? The real one is a 59, which means it’s already worth new Ferrari money even with no history attached to it. So you get into unfathomable sums very quickly if it’s a famous 59. The recreations are priced that high...
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    Gibson Kirk Hammett Greeny

    Yeah the bluesy stuff is great (I'm more about Back on the Streets than Still Got the Blues myself), and it's clearly what people remember him most fondly for. I just have a loose screw upstairs that makes me think of the chorus to Victims of the Future any time I hear Gary Moore's name lol
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    Japan, then Mexico/South Korea, then Indonesia, then China...who's next?

    Than the whole of Africa? Hard disagree there. All of this (cheap manufacturing in Asia and Mexico, and possibly Africa) has a hell of a lot more to do with governments than “intellect and culture”
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    Jackson American Series

    Go to a shop and play some Gibson Custom stuff, and tell me it doesn't feel premium in every way, shape, and form. And we can all easily list off numerous "shortcomings" in its feature set. If Gibson isn't your cup of tea, do the same for a Fender Custom Shop, or a Jackson USA/Custom Select, or...
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    Jackson American Series

    I've only personally worn a few guitars to the point that they needed fret work. It took 2-3 years (per guitar), and each guitar retailed for <$500, so I'm pretty sure the wire was whatever cheap, soft junk they could get their hands on


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