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Jackson Adrian Smith SDX Snow White Maple Fingerboard

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  • Classic looks and comfortable feel
  • H/S/S pickup configuration
  • 22 jumbo frets
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An affordable signature model based on the one that Iron Maiden's guitarist uses on stage.

The Jackson Adrian Smith SDX is an affordable way to gain access to the sound and playability of the more expensive model that the Iron maiden guitarist actually uses on stage. This one features a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, compound radius rosewood fingerboard, Jackson® pickups in an HSS configuration, white pickguard, Floyd Rose® Special tremolo system, and black hardware. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Classic looks and comfortable feel
  • H/S/S pickup configuration
  • 22 jumbo frets
  • Maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard
  • Floyd Rose® Special bridge
  • 5-way selector switch
  • Case sold separately

See what this signature guitar will do for you. Order today.

 

Adrian Smith SDX Specifications:

  • products general
  • Model Name: Adrian Smith Signature SDX
  • Series: Artist Signature
  • products body
  • Body: Basswood
  • Body Shape: San Dimas®
  • Body Finish: Gloss
  • products neck
  • Neck Shape: Speed Neck
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Dot
  • Fretboard Radius: 12” to 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Oiled
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
  • Truss Rods: Dual-Action
  • Truss Rod Nut: Butt Adjustable
  • products electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Jackson® Humbucking Bridge Pickup
  • Middle Pickup: Jackson® Single Coil Middle Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: Jackson® Single Coil Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • products hardware
  • Bridge: Top Mount Floyd Rose® Special
  • Tuning Machines: Jackson® Tuning Machines
  • products tools
  • Truss Rod Wrench: Standard Truss Rod Wrench
  • Floyd Rose Nut Adjustment Wrench: Yes
  • products miscellaneous
  • Strings: NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
  • Unique Features: H/S/S pickup configuration, 22 jumbo frets, maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard, Floyd Rose® Special bridge, 5-way selector switch
  • products accessories
  • Pickguards: White
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JacksonAdrian Smith SDX
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice guitar

I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up...Read complete review

I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up and intonated properly. I pulled the stock pickups out within a few months and put in DiMarzio's. Now it screams! I plan on switching out the licensed Floyd for an original Floyd since the stability on the original, as well as the tonality, is much better. But for the price of this guitar, I have no complaints. It has a very bright clear sound. The tone is more bright and clear rather than the warm more gooey sound you'd get from a set-neck mahogany bodied guitar. The sustain is nice but Im sure will increase with an Original Floyd with a good brass tone block. I got the maple fretboard version. The neck is very comfortable and the frets are quite nice. The fretwork was pretty good. Ive had it completely apart a couple times and the tolerances of the work are very tight. As I mentioned earlier, just put in high end pickups of your choice and this guitar is a real workhorse strat.

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Mine had problems

First off when I opened the box the screws for the locking nut fell one the floor and the package the alan wrenches and tremolo bar came in looked like it was cut clean open...Read complete review

First off when I opened the box the screws for the locking nut fell one the floor and the package the alan wrenches and tremolo bar came in looked like it was cut clean open so I had to find everything. After putting it together it looked nice but when I played it the low E and A strings rattled so bad the rattle came through the amp, called and customer service was great, no problems sending it back, now waiting for an exchange, been 10 days since I shipped it. Others liked this guitar but I had a bad experience with this one.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice guitar

By Spaceman Spiff

from Washinton USA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up and intonated properly. I pulled the stock pickups out within a few months and put in DiMarzio's. Now it screams! I plan on switching out the licensed Floyd for an original Floyd since the stability on the original, as well as the tonality, is much better. But for the price of this guitar, I have no complaints. It has a very bright clear sound. The tone is more bright and clear rather than the warm more gooey sound you'd get from a set-neck mahogany bodied guitar. The sustain is nice but Im sure will increase with an Original Floyd with a good brass tone block. I got the maple fretboard version. The neck is very comfortable and the frets are quite nice. The fretwork was pretty good. Ive had it completely apart a couple times and the tolerances of the work are very tight. As I mentioned earlier, just put in high end pickups of your choice and this guitar is a real workhorse strat.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Lonnie4

from California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Needs setup work

Best Uses

  • Metal
  • Rock

Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

Plays really well and sounds great. All pickups sound great.

But to get it this way needed quite a bit of work.

1. Needs New Nut. The stock nut is 10" radius. Fretboard radius is compound 12" to 16". Replaced stock nut with a 14" radius nut. Filed down nut slot to get the height right. Fixed. Most all Jacksons have this issue. Strange. Also shimmed the high and low e-string at the bridge for a flatter radius. Still a little buzz on the low E string but acceptable.

2. Neck pickup can't be adjusted high enough so it is too quiet compared to bridge pickup. The bridge sits too high. The fix: shim the neck. Works perfectly. Neck pickup sounds great.

3. Trem arm too loose, replacing that too.

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5.0

Good guitar for the price

By JoeK.

from Indiana

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        Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

        I ordered this guitar on looks alone; as a life long Jackson player I expected Jackson quality to be there. For whatever reason, I wanted a Jackson with a Strat headstock, watching Adrian playing his Jacksons onstage only fueled that desire.
        So the looks of the guitar are excellent. No issues with the paint job or with the finish on the hardware.
        The neck is excellent and the frets are finished perfectly. The grain in the rosewood fret board is tight and the board is smooth.
        Like other reviewers, I do have issues with the pickups. Experience has shown me that guitars in this price range, running "stock" pickups, usually leave a lot to be desired and I assumed that a swap would be in order even as I added this guitar to my cart. In the case of my SDX, I do not like the stock single coils. While I don't expect their output to match the bridge humbucker, they aren't even close. Both single coils are thin sounding and through my rig lack bass and midrange. Adjusting their height hasn't helped any. I do like the bridge humbucker and it will stay in the guitar.
        The Floyd Rose Special feels solid and staying in tune hasn't been an issue. The volume, tone, and the 5-way switch feel solid with no noise.
        So, while I don't like the single coils, they are still usable until I can swap them out. The neck plays great, the hardware on the guitar is solid...I feel that the SDX is gig-worthy and does a good job of representing the Jackson brand.

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        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Trophy Guitar Only!

        By Basspolizei

        from Bartlesville Oklahoma

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Tone
        • It's a Jackson

        Cons

        • Junk Tuning
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Wall Trophy

        Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

        I hate to dig on a Jackson like I hated to dig on my Fender Steve Harris P bass. But this won't stay in tune, pick guard is junk and the "you get what you pay for" lesson comes home again. I love Adrian and Jackson but this doesn't do either one justice. Get it for your collection but forget it for playing live. It will look nice on your wall of trophy guitars though. Don't think though Jackson can't otherwise come through for little money. My Jackson concert bass (350.00) stomps the heck out of the Fender Steve Harris model (1300.00)for sound and quality. The Harris is the most beautiful bass ever though and again looks fantastic on the wall. The SDX? Trophy only believe me. Thank you

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Nice for the Price Point

        By John Michael-njVRw

        from Bradenton, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Floyd Style Strathead
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Nice Feeling Strat Style
        • Very Nice Neck And Good F

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          This is a very nice instrument for the pricepoint. I love the feel of the instrument and to me THAT is key.. The body feels right. The neck feels good. The fretboard and fretwork out of the box for me was VERY nice. The abalone inlays are just icing!

          The Floyd Rose is middle of the road. I've seen far better and far worse. It's stable but the fine tuners are what you would expect at this pricepoint. A bit coarse...Not my immediate item to upgrade. The single coil pickups however, ARE! They have to go!
          Actually, it's my intent to have a new HXS pickguard made and to load my own pickups of choice. The Bridge humbucker may stay, it's decent. But the stock Single Coils are subpar.. Hence, my 4 rather than 5 rating..

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty close to the USA Model

          By GuitarMonkey76

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Single Coils A Bit Weak

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          I have this one as well as the real USA version, therefore the focus of my review is to compare the imported version vs. the USA version. I must say that the SDX comes pretty close in tone and feel to the USA version...the craftsmanship is pretty good. I think that the US model is a little pricey and this is definitely a better overall deal. Believe it or not, I actually like the humbucker in this one better than the Dimarzio super distortion in the USA version...I feel that its brighter, which I prefer. My only gripe on this guitar is the noiseless single coils. I feel that the output on these are a little weak. They are great clean, but for solos I usually have to use my overdrive pedal to give it more bite. One thing about the noiseless single coils on these is they sound more like a single coil that the SCN's in the USA model, which sound more like a humbucker. I honestly feel that the only upgrade needed on this guitar is a neck pickup swap...other than that its an amazing guitar and a fantastic deal.

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A NOTE REGARDING COLORS/OPTIONS

          By OX

          from INDY

          About Me Novice

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                Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

                PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD OPTION IS A WHITE GUITAR WITH WHITE PICKGUARD. THE MAPLE FINGERBOARD OPTION IS A BLACK PICKGUARD.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Value for the Price!

                By stev0griffin

                from Woodstock, GA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

                I was a bit weary when I saw these were crafted in India, but that fear was soon laid to rest. This is honestly one of the nicest necks I've played on; the fret edges are well dressed, and the neck and fingerboard are ridiculously smooth. I bought my SDX from here, and I've played 3 others at various music stores, all with the same results; fantastic playability.

                The tremolo stays in tune perfectly, though I had to raise the action a tiny bit to remove the fret buzz offered by unbalanced tremolo levels. A quick and simple adjustment on the spring tension fixed any buzz problems I had out of the box, however minor or major.

                The pickups sound great! I had been considering a swap before the guitar arrived, but I'm quite pleased with the tone they give. No adjustments were necessary here.

                The only qualm I have is that it seems the high e string sits too close to the edge of the fingerboard, and I have to exercise caution when playing there as to not pull the string off the side of the fingerboard. This has only been an issue on mine, however. The other 3 I've played have not had this problem.

                The finish is top notch, the neck is among the best I've ever played (on par
                with American Standards and Deluxes ), and it's a versatile beast.

                Overall, this is honestly one of the best guitars you can buy for less than half a grand. I've actually considered buying another one or two to have my entire arsenal be this dependable. Check one out, you won't be disappointed!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Well worth the price.

                By Basspolizei

                from Bartlesville Oklahoma

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics
                • True Jackson Quality

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

                I am a bass player at heart but flirted with 6 strings over the years. I have owned a Jackson Rhoads in the past and wanted to own a Jackson again. Something about their mystic when you grew up in the 80's. Adrian's SDX is a bet worth taking. Affordable Hot Rod Strat quality at about 1/4th the price it should be. Sounds and plays like it should. It is hard to put down and usually don't until my Warwick gets jealous. Buy this thing!

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good for the money

                By AndyB1968

                from Memphis, TN

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Poor Pick Up
                • Tone Changes

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

                I bought it with every intention of upgrading the pickups, so it is no big deal to me about how they sound. But the bridge pickup is powerful and has decent tone and finds the harmonics okay, and can be used if you like it. The other pickups, however, are underpowered and do not balance well with the bridge. When changing pickup configurations, there was little change in the tone and I began to notice that the bridge pickup sounded a lot like the neck pickup position. The tremolo keeps the thing in tune great even with exaggerated use, but it's upswing is limited as it is not routed out beneath it. For the price, I don't have a problem making this modification, but if you don't use much upswing, it would be great as is.

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