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The Jackson Soloist electric guitar has been a favorite of hard rockers, melodic shredders and heavy metal players for almost thirty years, thanks to its impeccable craftsmanship, supreme playability, and top-notch electronics and hardware. First introduced in the early 1980s, the Soloist was one of the first so-called “Super-Strats,” high-octane axes based on the familiar Fender Stratocaster, but hot-rodded to appeal to the new breed of extreme guitarists on the scene, with amped-up appointments like higher-output pickups, locking tremolo/vibrato systems, and shred-friendly necks designed for speed, carved with ultra-fast profiles and loaded with jumbo frets. The Soloist, like its sibling the Jackson Dinky, is notable for its slightly smaller 7/8-scale body size, while still retaining the familiar-feeling 25.5” scale length common to Fender guitars, making it a breeze to sling around the stage for hours on end. The Soloist, however, boasts a neck-through-body design, which, while more expensive to produce, results in increased resonance and sustain, and enables a much smoother heel where the neck meets the body, for greatly enhanced access to the upper frets. Other design elements common to the Soloist beyond the 24-fret through-neck design include Floyd Rose or Kahler whammy systems, screaming hot, high-output pickups, like Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio or EMG humbuckers, and the distinctive, 6-on-a-side pointed headstock, although there have been plenty of design variations over the years, including single-coil pickups, 7-string models and numerous signature versions to suit any shredder’s needs. For instance, the SLSXMG Soloist, from Jackson’s more affordable X-Series line, offers an incredible value on the classic design, with an arched-top basswood body; maple through-body Speed Neck with tilt-back scarf joint headstock; bound, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard loaded with 24 Jumbo frets; Floyd Rose Special locking 2-point tremolo; and a pair of molten EMG humbuckers. The SLX Soloist is another X-Series stunner, featuring a gloss urethane finish to show off either the neck-through design on the Natural version, or the quilted maple veneer on the Burnt Cherry Sunburst model, as well a pair of Duncan-Designed humbuckers, so it sounds as cool as it looks. The SL2 Pro Soloist kicks things up a notch, with a 3-piece through-body maple neck with hand-rubbed oil finish and graphite reinforcement; alder body; white neck and headstock binding; and a pair of direct-mount Seymour Duncan humbuckers. Thrashers looking for something a bit more brutal will want to check out the Scott Ian Signature T1000 Soloist, crafted to the Anthrax axe-slinger’s specs, sporting Shepard Fairey-designed High Boltage fingerboard inlays, and available either with dual Seymour Duncan humbuckers and Floyd Rose whammy, or in a more stripped-down, single-humbucker hardtail version with a TonePros Tune-O-Matic bridge. Seven-string slingers will dig the Chris Broderick Soloist 7-string, designed by the Megadeth shredder, featuring an offset arch-top mahogany body with maple neck and quilt maple top; and a pair of Broderick-designed Custom DiMarzio humbuckers, wound to extract the maximum amount of damage from every note. Whatever your style, there’s a Jackson Soloist destined to help you shred it to pieces. Order yours today!
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Protect your Jackson Soloist or Dinky Guitar with this specially designed case. Internally molded to fit the...
The Standard Jackson gig bag for Soloist or Dinky electric guitars features 600D nylon exterior, 2 outer...