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Jackson SL-3 Guitar

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Neck-thru construction give it the power to hold notes 'til the cows come home. 2 Seymour Duncan single coils and humbucker give it an incredible ran...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fully armed, dressed-to-kill sustain machine!

Neck-thru construction give it the power to hold notes 'til the cows come home. 2 Seymour Duncan single coils and humbucker give it an incredible range of tonal options. Features include an alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with jumbo frets and sharkfin inlays, double-locking tremolo, chrome hardware, and a beautifully flamed maple top (on transparent finishes only).

Jackson's compound-radius fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out. With a more relaxed hand, you'll play better!

  • Neck-thru construction
  • Seymour Duncan pickups (two single coils and a bridge humbucker)
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Jumbo frets
  • Double-locking tremolo
  • Chrome hardware
  • Sharkfin inlays

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    SL3 soloist

    By GregT943

    from Mansfield, MA

    This guitar sounds amazing. I love this guitar. It feels great, plays great, looks great, and sounds great. What more can you ask for?



    By Jaymzhulk

    from Massachusetts

    I have owned mine for well over a year and don't touch any of my other guitars. Smooth, fast, and sounds sweet.


    Great Guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is what I will save up for it plays great and sounds even better. Usually I do not like single coil pick ups but these pickups are hot output and great for anything from Cooley to Coltrane. The best part is the neck thru which gives great sustain and almost no heel at all which allows superior access to the upper frets and great sustain also.


    I've played this, sounds great!

    By Mikester

    from Richmond, VA

    The only real drawback is the trem. It doesn't have the crispness of a real Floyd, and the cut-away is such that you cannot replace it with a floyd later.


    Mess F

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This is an amazing guitar. It's like a strat in that it is very versitile. I got it for Christmas last year and I haven't been able to put it down!! Inspiring!


    Extremely Versatile

    By Superduperman

    from canada

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    I bought this guitar a few months ago, knowing that all the jackson users are metal ax slingers. That being said, this guitar has proved to be amazingly versatile, adapting very well to modern and classic distortion, clean. But it also shines with the neck and middle pickups. Using the neck pickup wields some excellent acoustic-like qualities, the middle pickup gives off a super old-school vibe, but I really like combining both these front pickups (gives me warm/snappy sound, kinda sitar-like). Most important of all, this guitar can reproduce the sound in my head, which is huge when your dealing with your dealing with the vast landscape of progressive rock.Comparetively to the SL1 usa soloist, this one does not have the perfection of being hand crafted, rosewood fretboard (rather than ebony, my fav). But unless you've got another grand or so laying around, this guitar will do the same thing... You just won't be as cool...


    Jackson's Best

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have owned the Sl3 for about 6 months now, and it is the best jackson I've played. Although thought of as more of a metal guitar, the Sl3 is extremely versatile and has great tone. The neck is comfortable and fret board is smooth for fast solos.


    Make yours better!

    By Roger Tredwell

    from Youngstown, OH

    I agree with these complaints, mostly -- except that the Floyd-licensed bridge on the SL-3 is more like the Ibanez Lo-TRS II than the original Lo-TRS. Anyway, I've found that the plating is what really softens the sound and the string attack. I used various Dremel tool accesories to remove the plating on the bridge -- not only where the string sits on top of the saddle, but where the saddle meets the bridge plate (both surfaces) and where the sustain block meets the underside of the bridge plate. Sperzel locking tuners also helped (I leave the nut fully open, with the pressure pads removed.) It's worlds better that way, and now all my other guitars are going to sit and rot while I play my SL-3.


    I can't believe!!!! I bought a jewel!!!!!

    By Fexitudo

    from Firenze,ITALY

    it has a great warm sound due to the high quality pickups and an incredible sustain!!! the neck is very handy, especially near the last frets of the fingerboard. what a light guitar!!!!after using it for many hours, I've got no backache!!! The only 2 things I don't like about this guitar: the volume control (it's too close to the bridge, and my right hand has a little trouble) and the inclination of the tremelo arm (excessive!-but I made it correct as I like!). I played for many years with an Ibanez RG 505, maybe the comparison is ridiculous...


    Some nitpicks on a guitar that I love:

    By Megan Elder

    from Spokane, WA

    I love my SL3, but here's what I don't like: Lack of string retainer bar combined with inadequate headstock angle means that tightening the locknut pulls the strings really sharp compared with other guitars that have locking trems, so tuning can be a pain. The bridge saddles are of soft metal; the treble strings wore groves that would "ping" during wide bends and needed to be filed out. I still love it; you can't beat it for the price.

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