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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.



    By enrique corona

    from mexico

    well, its sound good not excellent but good. Iit has some buzz problems and the sound is not that that muddy. The neck-thru is not what I expected, the sustain ends too shortly, come on! my 270 ibaez has more sustain and harmonics than my jackson and my ibaez only cost me much less... But not everything is wrong with this guitar. At least the design is cool, hehehe.It's a good guitar, but for the price I think you can get a better one. Like an ibanez. I own 2 ibanez and one jackson, I perform with my jackson of course. It's more comfortable and it has more volume. But I have to be careful with the tone knob, or this baby will cry really loud with feedback from the amps.


    A versatile musical instrument; I love mine.

    By Guitar-playin' dude

    from Ohio

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    I've been playing for 15 years, I have 20 guitars, and this is the best all-around electric I've ever owned. The pickups are Seymour Duncan -- Hot Rails neck & middle, and a JB at the bridge. They're dead quiet, and you can do anything with them -- jazz, blues, rock, pop, metal, Vai, Malmsteen, Megadeth, whatever. The neck is thicker than an Ibanez Wizard, but I never feel hindered by it; it's stable and comfortable -- kind of like a '60s Les Paul cross-bred with a JEM. The tremolo has a little flutter and enough travel so you can do a lot of the wild Vai & Satch stuff. It stays in tune. No matter what amp I use, the SL-3 always sounds musical, with a singing, gorgeous, articulate midrange that makes you want to keep playing and playing. If you've messed around with inexpensive hard rock guitars and feel you haven't found something that really speaks to you, give this one a try. It's a pro-quality musical instrument that's worth the price.


    Its an awesome guitar except for some small things

    By Infectedgoose

    from San diego

    It is an amazing guitar with great sustain and awesome construction. The only problems are the difficulty in changing the strings and the difficulty in changing tunings. Also, the input jack is a little cheap and should probably be replaced. I had to replace the volume knob because it stopped working. America doesn't sell metric volume knobs so i had to buy a special tool and make the hole in the guitar bigger in order to make it fit. It was an incredible nuisance , but the end product was fantastic.


    Don't let it fool you it's not a USA

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    It may not be made in the USA but this soloist is one fine machine. I had a DK2 and the set neck/cut away on the SL-3 is not even comparable between the two. The SL-3 is so much more effortless to play and it comes with 3 REAL Seymour Duncan pickups, the bridge being the same as the USA SL-1. Anyone who can't afford the SL-1 should try out the SL-3.


    Get This One!

    By Jackson-9-QN5

    from Los Angeles

    I just got mine today and it is by far the best and most distinguishable musical instrument I have ever played. The pickups on this guitar are amazing, they can hold notes extremely long, which comes really handy during solos (duh). The guitar itself is a very well polished instrument and one can feel the distinguished and unique look and the dedication Jackson took in making such a fine instrument. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for an instrument to actually play music with and not for someone who is looking for an instrument to fool around with.


    My Favorite

    By LordoftheStrings (LOTS)

    from Orangeburg, SC

    I have had this guitar for 5 years and I am still amazed by the ease at which it plays. I have several high end guitars including a Steve Vai Jem V, Stratocaster, and Washburn Dimebag Signature model but the SL-3 is by far my fovorite. I can play any style that I want thanks to the Seymour Duncan pickups. The humbucker can get extremely crunchy if properly motivated with the right amp. After that its pretty much shredd-heaven!



    By Fattz

    from Greensboro, NC

    Great tone and the sustain beats any guitar I have played. I traded my Gibson for one.


    Jackson at its finest

    By Sincere

    from the wood IN

    I had heard mixed reviews about this guitar and did not play it before purchasing it. This guitar is one of the best all around guitars I have ever played. The pickups absolutly whale. I have never been a huge fan of single coil pickups, but the duncan hot rail that is the middle pickup on this guitar is another humbucker so the tone is amazing. The three way switch feels a little bit cheaper than on other guitars, but this is still the best guitar I have ever owned.


    A good guitar, but not a USA Jackson.

    By Steven Hydermacher

    from Paramus, NJ

    I've had mine for about a year and a half, and I think I'm starting to outgrow it. It's a nice package for the price, especially with the neck-through build, the Seymours, and that comfy neck, but the neck isn't quartersawn, it doesn't have a USA fret job, and the trem isn't very good. (It bears a suspicious resemblance to the Ibanez Lo-TRS bridge, which fans of that company's Edge trems widely regard with scorn and derision. I had the pinging problem, too. The fine tuners aren't as smooth or solid as the best trems, and it doesn't sound nearly as good as a real Floyd.) I'll always love my SL3, but be aware that the USA Jacksons really are better and worth the extra money.


    BAD A**!

    By jacksonjunkie

    from Arlington, TN

    this guitar is a shredders dream. it has superb tone over just about any guitar i've played. this guitar plays like a dream.

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