Define better? I use Caparisons (A Dellinger and an Angelus) and have another on the way next year. The biggest difference between them is the neck by and far. The neck on a Dellinger is larger and I find more comfortable to play as it has a nice transitional carve from a D at the nut to a C at the high end and has a wonderful feel under hand. The Jackson neck is very thin and pretty flat comparatively which I find fatiguing to play. Tone wood wise, both are available in a few different types (Caparisons do maple/mahogany and mahogany/walnut only though) so it comes down to what you want in that area.
I prefer Caparison as they sound killer for my needs and the necks are perfect to me plus there's a meticulous attention to detail on every one I've picked up however they're not for everyone.
I also own a Dellinger II and really like it. It is a bit darker sounding than id like but it plays really well and i find the neck really comfortable.
Mine is an old all mahogony body. New caparisons have mahogany wings and maple through the middle so id imagine they are a lot brighter. My friend has a horus thats built using the new construction and it is very bright sounding.
I'm not really familiar with any higher end Jacksons to compare them to.
oh man !! so many wows on caparison.... am planning maybe either a jackson or an angelus .... i used to own jackson sl2h and its nice but it lacks of the tone i think its supposed to have its not bright nor warm...maybe its due to its maple neck and alder wings with a super thick lacquer on it and had actually found fillers on the wood of the pickup cavity...
i wonder if any jackson owner who can justify this but am sure i didnt see my ibanez filling up with white fillers on the cavity of the pickups....
i wonder if caparison user would come across it ?
funny it does but my love towards a jackson still inside me .... but i rather go with facts than instinct maybe a caparison would really satisfy me?
All companies use various forms of filler for various reasons on regular production models. However an Angelus is completely different to a Jackson. Angelus is more like a metal version of a Les Paul or a thicker PRS. The scale is only 24.75 to start with and the body is incredibly thick. I love my Angelus and it plays beautifully and the sound is that classic set neck thick mahogany/maple roundness.
As far as super thick lacquer, most production guitars will have a thick polyester or polyurethane lacquer as it's easier and quicker to apply thickly than a fine coat. If you're going for a Jackson Select or a Caparison the finish is much thinner. The finish on my Angelus is about as thin as a nitro finish.
It's a 24.75 scale but it doesn't feel it. I tune mine down to drop C with 12-60 strings on there and it holds intonation superbly and doesn't feel soft or squishy to play. Fred Brum plays and Angelus 7 and he was surprised by how well it plays for a 24.75 that's tuned to B. I didn't like shorter scale guitars until I got the Angelus.
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