The Monarkhs look better in person. I know because I had one. Just as with the thin-bodied ESP Eclipses, though, they don't sound anything like a Les Paul. My X-Series Monarkh sounded like dog poop but played better than any Eclipse I've ever tried. The Pro Series ones are much nicer, though, and sound a lot like a Soloist. The quality control is all over the place on the Indonesian guitars, however. It's a shame they didn't introduce an MJ version of this, or I'd be tempted.This is, without a doubt, the worst, gimpiest looking LP-style guitar ever.
I know Vai had a Soloist for a while (when he was in Alcatrazz, I think), but this is more of a Jeff Beck thing to me.
My Vai fanboy sense is also tingling here.
If the whole body was like that and not just a stupid cap/veneer and with a normal headstock, id bee all over that.I would have expected a lot more excitement from this board about Jackson making guitars in Japan again :lol:
Really interested in this one:
Hopefully the street prices come in under $2k
I'm guessing this is a strategy of easing FMIC out of the business of making USA production Jacksons. Essentially, what would be left would be the custom shop stuff.$2700 for a Japanese Jackson?
I could buy a JP13 for that cost or a used Petrucci Koa, Caparison MJR, any Ibanez MIJ, a Suhr.
That is sad.
The interesting thing is that Japanese manufacturing is now just as expensive as US manufacturing.I've seen this as the endgame for quite a while. It's not like they lack for orders.
I agree, and I wonder who's doing the contract work? Given the history, I'm betting these are FujiGen. Which is just fine, their work is quite good.The interesting thing is that Japanese manufacturing is now just as expensive as US manufacturing.
I'm assuming these MJ guitars are contract builds, though, so FMIC can adjust or even stop production more quickly than they could with internal company production. It also would allow them to have fewer US manufacturing employees, which is a considerable expense and one that is tough to adjust to market demand. It would also free them up to expand the custom side of the operation--not just to fulfill existing demand but to create something that blows away the boutique/smaller builders.
I haven't looked at the Fender side, but it wouldn't surprise me if FMIC ends up doing something similar on that end (to the extent they can). The lower-end American lines like the Professionals and Standards could go over to Japan, maybe leaving the Deluxe and Custom Shop lines as coming out of Corona, and having more customization options on the high end that are short of a full custom order.
They're not stupid, and I'm sure they've noticed how much demand there is for used Japanese Jacksons and Fenders worldwide. It makes sense to take advantage of that reputation.
Yep, I've got four FujiGens sitting in my studio right now that attest to that. Fender's relationship with FujiGen goes back to the '70s, so that would be the most likely source.I agree, and I wonder who's doing the contract work? Given the history, I'm betting these are FujiGen. Which is just fine, their work is quite good.
These are the first to be made there, to my knowledge. All the prior Japanese Jacksons were made by Chushin.As sweet as my Fujigen Ibanez is, I'd so love to get my hands on an FJ Soloist... just not a 2021 version.
Well, good thing that's not insanely sweet. :scream2:These are the first to be made there, to my knowledge. All the prior Japanese Jacksons were made by Chushin.
However, if you want a Japanese Soloist, you could do worse than this: