Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Review & Prices

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  • From Jackson's 2021 Artist Signature series
  • Misha Mansoor Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 20" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Caramelized Maple neck
  • Caramelized Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Bare Knuckle Ragnarok (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Bare Knuckle Trilogy Suite Single Coil Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Bare Knuckle Trilogy Suite Single Coil Strat (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Gotoh Custom 510 Tremolo bridge
  • Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Die-Cast Locking tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 70
Sound 79
Build quality 77
Value for money 65
Overall Score 75
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Tremolo
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $2350, which means that the Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT costs around 23% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Tremolo bridge that are made in Japan.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Scale Length Comparison
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Neck Profile
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's neck thickness is approximately 0.775'' (19.7mm) at the first fret, and 0.835'' (21.2mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Jackson website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a D type neck. It's similar to a C shape, and it's one of the most common shapes right now. It's a bit flatter and thinner, even though sometimes it has a bit more shoulders. It's a fast type of neck that is comfortable, and shredders love it.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT has a 20" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's fretboard radius compared to others

This radius makes the fretboard almost completely flat, which means that it's perfect for playing single notes and bends. However, making complex chord shapes will be harder because you might mute the strings accidentally. It's a fretboard made for shredders, and probably for heavy music genres.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
20'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.65'' Nut Width
9.5'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.65'' Nut Width
9.5'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Nut Width
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Nut Width

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This is within the most common range of nut widths for a 6-string guitar. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT Fret Size Comparison
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 50
Solo Playability 80
Playability 70

Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar or bass. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood

Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck, Fretboard

Basswood Body: This is a soft type of wood that is very light and easy to work with. It's cheaper than many other kinds of wood used for guitar building, but it doesn't mean it's low quality. In terms of sound, it accentuates the mid-range, which matches the frequencies that a Humbucker produces.

Maple Neck and Fretboard: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Bare Knuckle. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a rounder sound and a moderade level of output.

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's configuration is HSS. If you play a lot with humbuckers in the bridge position, but would also love to have pristine cleans, this is a great configuration to have. The bridge humbucker will give you tons of output for playing distorted rhythm parts, while the single coils will give you a lot of tone options.

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Tremolo Bridge
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24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bare Knuckle Ragnarok Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Bare Knuckle Ragnarok Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bare Knuckle Ragnarok Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Bare Knuckle Ragnarok Neck Pickup

Versatility

It gives you a good amount of tone options with its 5-way switch. You can use it to choose at least 5 different pickup combinations.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT's switch options

What music genre is it good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HSS configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this particular one.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 80
Versatility 70
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 79

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT is made in Japan. You should expect a high-quality guitar with excellent quality control. It can be compared to guitars made in the US, which is why they're also expensive.

Bridge

Gotoh Custom 510 Tremolo: This type of bridge allows you to change the pitch of the notes by pulling the bridge with the attached bar, which gives you better versatility. Also, since the bridge is not fixed to the guitar body, the bridge will move as you bend the strings. So you'll have to increase the distance of your bends to reach the same tension (note) compared to a fixed bridge. This allows you to perform smoother bends but will also make you slower. Finally, remember that this type of bridge requires a bit more maintenance than fixed ones, especially when changing strings.

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Tuners

The Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT has a Black Tusq XL nut. It's not made of plastic or low-quality materials. They're made to resemble the sound you get from bone and ivory nuts, but with slippery materials so the intonation and tuning are stable. Also, each nut is carefully cut to ensure you won't have tune stabilization problems.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 61
Features 75
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 77

All Specs

Jackson MJ Series Signature Misha Mansoor So-Cal 2PT
General
Brand: Jackson
Year: 2021
Configuration: HSS
Strings: 6
Made in: Japan
Series: Artist Signature
Colors: Blue
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Basswood
Bridge: Gotoh Custom 510 Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Gotoh Die-Cast Locking
Fretboard: Caramelized Maple
Neck Material: Caramelized Maple
Decoration: White With Black Outer Ring
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Speed
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.775'' (19.7mm) - 12th Fret: 0.835'' (21.2mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 20"
Nut: Black Tusq XL
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Bell
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Ragnarok (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Bare Knuckle Trilogy Suite Single Coil Strat (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Bare Knuckle Trilogy Suite Single Coil Strat (Single Coil / Passive)

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