Yes, the soloist was a nice axe. However, it was not a USA version. It did play well, but honestly not better than the Ibanez.
Both are mahogany. Since both have jumbo frets
, they have a sort of similar feel. The Ibanez W2 neck is flatter and thinner though. The soloist had an ebony fingerboard and it actually felt kind of grating sometimes when bending the strings, like the surface had some friction. The rosewood on the W2 neck is a little better in that respect. I think it has to do more with the radius than the fingerboard material though.
Also, the soloist had stock EMG's...not the most awesome sounding pups. I am replacing the stock Ibanez pickups with 2 Seymour Duncans
(TB-12 Screamin Demon and an SH-1n '59) and a Fender Lace Sensor Gold (I had GC order it from Lace because I wanted it in black) for the center.
At that point, it will be the same price as the Jackson. BUT, it will (in theory) sound better and be more versatile than the Jackson. It should sound like 3 different guitars for the same money. I am really curious how Strat-like it will sound on the Lace Sensor, and how Les Paul-like on the '59.
This versatility helps me because I am currently experimenting with a PodXT Live and all the great amp and effects models. Having the different guitar tones to plug into it should be even better!
So do you still think it's shameful? Honestly, I might have done a jackass thing by trading it in. Let me know your thoughts...