This is a really nice surprise so far, although I don't really have a good reason to be surprised. I just haven't seen much hype about Jackson Soloists recently, like I have for other guitars. But I'm doing neck-thru's and high gain right now, and it seemed like an obligation, almost, to get one. I came up with a good excuse to buy another guitar - I forget what it was, but it was good - and here we are. Two Seymour Duncan Distortion p'ups, maple neck, mahogany body, 3-way selector, Floyd Rose 1000. It weighs a little under 8 lbs. The cleans on the guitar are a bit dirty. Based on reviews, it seems like that's just how they are. With gain, the guitar is wonderful, nice and heavy, punchy. Neck is kind of chunky, relative to other superstrats I've played, but not uncomfortable. Visually, I don't find it compelling. It is that charming sort of guitar that doesn't look like much but is hard to put down. The finish stops somewhat abruptly on the neck, right above the body...kind of a cut-rate look, but no biggie. Satin neck feels great. I've owned a few Charvel DKs, with SD Full Shreds. I love those DKs, but this guitar gets deep so much more easily. It also restored my faith in superstrats that weigh less than 8 lbs. I spent some time playing some Nadja, and the Soloist had no problem keeping up - almost like it was made for it... I wasn't sure what to expect, and I'm very pleased. This guitar sounds great, and it doesn't sound like my other guitars. And it's a ball to play. And it's a Jackson neck-thru. I'm also glad because I like Grover Jackson. I think he's cool. Only thing I gotta do now is figure out what to sell.