- Jan 25, 2009
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The original San Dimas guitars are probably their best work ever (not to be confused with the later Charvel "San Dimas" models).
The Japanese imports of the 90's are also excellent.
I wasn't saying that Akai is "shit" in general, but the India-made guitars of the early 2000's were sub-par to say the least. I'm strictly talking about the imports, because I still say that Fender left the USA series and the Custom Shop alone. Everyone on the Jackson/Charvel forum at the time tended to agree. After Fender bought them out, the imports saw a vast increase in quality.
I guess your experience is different than mine, because the USA models I checked out after the Fender purchase were no different than the ones from the Akai era or before.
Not to go too deeply off track from the bigger discussion, but AFAIC:
If it isn’t USA or JPN (to ‘90s) manufacture, it’s not a Jackson. It’s a fucking Jepiphone.
Bolt-on neck? Fuck you, not a Jackson. Dot inlays or non-Ebony fretboard (on a guitar that was not a San Dimas “Student” model)? Fuck you, not a Jackson. That whole era where they began ANY Asian exports outside of Japan marks the period in which they were and are no longer Jackson.