I've contacted several stores, but beyond their first reply, they don't get back again- sometimes, they ask for my billing address, sometimes, they say they'll take time to calculate the shipping and handling, but don't get back the second time with the quote. Some of them don't reply even once. I've taken it up with the main feedback section, and hopefully there will be some clarity. There are quite a few SLSMG Jacksons I can choose from, and when rich enough (or offered a return to the Jackson Student line or thereabouts), can then sell in the used Ibanez RG/S market and move up to a Jackson USA.
There are plenty of delicious deals in those shops. However, I don't know what I'm buying- is it MIJ/MIA? made alder/mahogany/basswood? stock pickups/duncan designed/seymour duncan/emg-hz/emg-81/85? and most importantly- dinky or soloist?
For instance, at the GC in Pittsburgh, where my friend works (and can possibly carry one overseas), there's this Jackson Professional in purple, offset dot inlays, RW fretboard- but doesn't look very refined. Then there's a delicious Jackson Soloist Performer
, and with it, I can swap all three pickups and the tremolo, and change the inlays, but my concern is the body wood- I hope it's not bah-sswood. Then there's this odd soloist with a maple fretboard
- is that a DK2M? I wonder. Anyway, I will try to get the serial numbers of all of these, and hopefully I can get full information- is there any guide for it? I'm still looking for one.