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The Jackson X Series SL3X Soloist is a high-spec, premium instrument that punches far above what its price-point suggests. With a neck-through construction, compound radius fretboard, Duncan-Designed pickups and a Floyd Rose Special tremolo system, this guitar is built for performance.
The X Series SL3X is formed of a Basswood body with a neck-through Maple neck. Basswood may be considered a less glamorous tonewood compared to others, however its light weight and balanced tonal qualities make it a great, practical option.
The Maple neck offers a bright and articulate tone, delivering a snappy response with a fast attack. This is great for tight palm-muted riffing in particular, but the vibrant tone can also allow lead playing to cut through even the heaviest of mixes. Reinforced with Graphite, this neck will remain stable even in differing temperatures and conditions, meaning you won't have to adjust your setup very often at all.
A compound radius fretboard is another amazing, 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 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 tone overall.
Electronics and Hardware
This high-performance instrument is powered by a triple threat of Duncan-Designed pickups. The bridge humbucker is capable of handling high doses of gain, whilst the middle and neck single-coils offer luscious S-style tones with clean settings. With a five-way switch, you can manipulate your sound with a variety of pickup combinations, making this a highly versatile instrument.
A double-locking Floyd Rose Special tremolo will keep this guitar in tune incredibly well, no matter how extreme your Van Halen-style divebombs may be!
Here's what Jackson say about the X Series SL3X Soloist in Satin Graphite:
The Jackson name has always been synonymous with state-of-the-art guitar technology and playing, leading the way in crafting instruments that exceed the demands of modern players. Pushing the envelope further than it’s ever been pushed, the X Series Soloist™ SL3X is a brave new entry into the world of high-tech guitars. Lead the charge with this streamlined machine designed to unleash your musical beast.
Leap headfirst into the fray with a select power trio of Duncan Designed™ pickups; two high-output HR-101 Hot Rails single-coil pickups in the middle and neck positions are matched to a powerful HB-103B humbucking bridge pickup for complementary harmonic response and highly dynamic responsiveness. Single volume and tone controls along with a five-way blade switch control the formidable pickups’ output, making their power yours to command.
A stylishly contoured basswood body and pure Jackson neck-throughbody construction ensures ergonomic comfort during long sets along with monstrous sustain and smooth playing all the way up to the 24th jumbo fret. Graphite reinforcement rods run through the one-piece maple neck, protecting it against environmental depredations, while the ultra-fast 12"-16" compound radius rosewood fingerboard is built from the get-go for easy chording and riffing near the nut and rapid,
fret-out-free leads as you move up the neck. The recessed Floyd Rose® Special double-locking tremolo bridge system is fluidly easy to use, ensuring that your axe precisely returns to its original tuning after every dive-bomb.
Available in new Satin Graphite and Neon Orange finishes, the X Series Soloist SL3X bears Jackson’s traditional appointments—black hardware, knurled dome control knobs, durable finish that easily shakes off sweat and other grime, pearloid sharkfin fingerboard inlays and the famous Jackson pointed 6-in-line headstock. Engineered for the 21st century musician, the SL3X melds classic style with modern materials and construction for this precision music machine.
- Series: X Series
- Body Material: Basswood
- Body Finish: Gloss (580), Satin (544)
- Neck: 1-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint
- Neck Finish: Gloss (580), Satin (544)
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12” - 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Sharkfin
- Nut (Material/Width): Floyd Rose® R3 Locking, 1.6875” (42.86 mm)
- Tuning Machines: Jackson®-Branded Sealed Die-Cast
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: Floyd Rose® Special Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed)
- Pickguard: None
- Pickups: Duncan Designed™ HB-103B Humbucking (Bridge), Duncan Designed™ HR-101 Hot Rails™ (Middle), Duncan Designed™ HR-101 Hot Rails™ (Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 5-Way 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
- Controls: Volume, Tone
- Control Knobs: Dome Style
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges