lol, it sounds pretty good actually. But yeah, I've maxed out my guitar budget for a while...
I'll be off at college this fall so getting a new amp is gonna have to wait a while, lol. I doubt I'll bring the soloist with me, don't wanna have it stolen from my dorm, yikes... not a pleasant thought.
Did you notice the amp behind the DXMG there, its a 1959 Gibson 6 :-).
The soloist totally kicks the DXMG's ass in terms of playability and tone (and it better... for $2,000!). Not that the Japanese models aren't good guitars, for a midrange model its great! I really can't say enough about the compound radius fretboard, after 5-6 hours of playing my old guitar my fret hand would get really tired when playing riffs near the top of the neck (towards headstock). No such problems with the soloist though, its got enough there to grip it for riffs and it gets thinner at the bottom where you need extra room to curve your hand around.
Originally I mentioned that I was interested in a soloist to the manager of a guitar center in south bend Indiana, he said that even if I didn't buy it... it'd be worth having in the store to look at, lol. At first it was gonna be trans red with gold hardware but they wanted to charge me the full custom shop price... even though the USA selects are made in the same building by the same people, lol. They argued over the price for most of the year I eventually caved when the manager said he could have a trans blue on in 3 days. He threw in a cable and some music notation software for free! It pays to be nice to the manager... lol.
The pickups are as Brian stated, the JB TB4 brdige... suprisingly hot, but still has great tone, and the 59 in the neck. That seems to be the standard setup these days. I did hear about some with Jazz models in the neck... not sure if its a diff. pup or just different term for the same one. It sounds great though...
I will honestly never buy a bolt on again... well ok, maybe if it was pretty ;D, lol.
To Slartibartfast - Actually to tell you the truth, you'd think since I'm a 17 year old american male I'd be crazy into sports... I watch the occasional football game or baseball game, but I actually played soccer for 11 years... how crazy is that.