Jackson Pro Series SL2P Soloist in Aqua Shok

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Elliot Stent

The Jackson Pro Series SL2P Soloist is a premium instrument, with a raft of high-spec hardware appointments and gorgeous aesthetics. With a neck-through construction, compound radius fretboard, high-output Seymour Duncan pickups and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, this guitar is built purely for performance.

Construction

Formed of a Mahogany body to give heavy riffs all of the low-end grunt they require, this tonewood offers a deep and rich tone that lends itself well to high-gain and also gives leads plenty of rounded warmth. Adorned with a stunning Poplar Burl top, this beautiful instrument will catch the eager eyes of your audience - no problem at all!

Paired with a Maple neck, this bright-sounding wood will help to deliver some top-end snap and definition, giving notes a fast attack and amazing projection in heavy mixes. Reinforced with Graphite, this neck will remain stable even in differing temperatures and conditions, meaning you won't have to tinker with your setup very often at all. 

A compound radius fretboard is an excellent, high-end feature of this instrument. Rounded at the lower end of the neck to make chords easier and more comfortable to play, the fretboard flattens out in the higher register to make shredding a total breeze. This also helps to prevent notes from fretting out when performing string bends, making it a very ergonomic design.

With a neck-through construction, this guitar has a truly elegant feel and look. But the perks aren't purely aesthetic, as with a neck-through design you can expect better sustain and a warmer, more-balanced tone overall.

Electronics and Hardware

This beautiful instrument is powered by a pair of super-hot Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers, effortlessly handling high doses of gain without breaking a sweat. Also clear and vibrant-sounding with clean settings, these pickups are very versatile despite their name. With a three-way switch you can get the pure, unbridled bite of the bridge pickup, the smooth and creamy tone of the neck pickup for leads, or a combination of both for balanced cleans.  

A double-locking Floyd Rose FRT-O5000 tremolo will keep this guitar in tune incredibly well, no matter how extreme your divebombs or flutters may be!

Here's what Jackson say about the Pro Series SL2P Soloist in Aqua Shok:

Engineered from its inception for high speed, technically demanding guitar playing the Pro Series Soloist™ SL2P MAH is a purebred shred machine. The fine minds at Jackson put their heads together and created the next evolution of innovative guitars, melding sound, playability and ultra-modern style into a unique music machine that redefines metal prowess.

Premium features include a resonant mahogany body with a poplar burl top and a one-piece through-body maple neck with scarf joint and graphite reinforcement rods to provide stiffness and stability, guarding against temperature- and humidity-induced bending and warping. Its 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets is designed for highly technical lightspeed playing—more curved by the nut for comfortable chording, it flattens out as you move up the speedy neck (with hand-rubbed oil back finish) for increasingly fast playing speed and wide bends without fretting out.

Chosen specifically for their incredible sound, a pair of modern Seymour Duncan® Distortion humbucking pickups drives this guitar’s voice, combining for highly balanced, flexible tone, with plenty of high output for pristine cleans and snarling distortion. Single volume and tone controls shape the pickups’ output, which can be further refined with the three-way pickup toggle switch for the precise voice required to bring your musical vision to life. Dive and soar expressively with the Floyd Rose® 1000 series double-locking tremolo bridge system, recessed for pick hand comfort and providing laser-accurate intonation and ultra-stable tuning.

Jackson has a history of adding striking style to its high-performance instruments, and this axe is no exception. Available in Aqua Shok or Desert Sand, the SL2P MAH is completed with alumiloid piranha inlays, black nickel hardware, Dunlop® strap locks, sealed die-cast tuners and a Jackson pointed 6-in-line matching 

Specifications

  • Series: Pro Series
  • Body Material: Mahogany with Poplar Burl Top
  • Body Finish: Satin
  • Body Binding: 1-Ply Black (557 only)
  • Neck: 1-Piece Through-Body Maple Speed Neck with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint
  • Neck Finish: Oiled
  • Fingerboard: Ebony, 12” - 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Frets: 24, Jumbo
  • Position Inlays: Alumiloid Piranha
  • Nut (Material/Width): Floyd Rose® FRT-O5000 Locking, 1.6875” (42.86 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Jackson®-Branded Sealed Die-Cast
  • Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose® FRT-O5000 Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed)
  • Pickguard: None
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan® TB-6 Distortion (Bridge), Seymour Duncan® SH-6N Distortion (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Way Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Volume, Tone
  • Control Knobs: Dome Style
  • Hardware Finish: Black Nickel
  • Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges
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