Mick Thomson is one of most renowned metal guitar players in the world, establishing Slipknot's intense modern metal sound. To keep up with the demands of the band's frantic and technical music, Thomson needed a guitar that could handle night-after-night onstage punishment, and of course, give him his signature sound.
To give his powerful de-tuned riffs all of the grunt they require, the body of Thomson's signature SL2 is constructed of Mahogany. Offering a deep and rich low-end, this tonewood lends itself well to high-gain tones, especially when paired with a bright-sounding Maple neck. Providing plenty of snap, the Maple neck gives notes a fast attack and response, ideal for the complex and heavily palm-muted playing that Thomson regularly employs.
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 an elegant high-end feel that punches far above its weight in terms of price. 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
The Pro Series SL2 is powered by a double dose of Thomson's signature Seymour Duncan Blackout AHB-3S pickups. These extremely hot, high-output pickups can handle loads of filthy high-gain, and with their active design you can expect great consistency and punchy note definition - making riffs sound huge!
It might look like a Floyd Rose, but the Mick Thomson signature SL2 features a Jackson-designed HT6 hardtail bridge and locking nut. This ensures incredible tuning stability, and great intonation across the fretboard too. With all of these premium features, the Mick Thomson Signature SL2 is an instrument built for performance.
Here's what Jackson say about the USA SL2 Mick Thomson Signature Soloist in Black:
Slipknot lead guitarist Mick Thomson is one of metal’s most successful and revered players. His game changing, take-no-prisoners approach to metal guitar has influenced countless musicians worldwide, while his black hole-heavy de-tuned guitar sound has been an integral part of Slipknot for more than two decades.
Capable of handling his acclaimed aggressive technique and tone, the USA Signature Mick Thomson Soloist™ is a sinister axe loaded with premium features including genuine mahogany body wings coupled with a graphite reinforced through-body three-piece maple neck—carved to a custom super-thin profile for maximum comfort and highspeed playability, and a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard with 24 frets.
This signature Soloist is powered by a pair of Mick Thomson signature Seymour Duncan® Blackouts to complement the complex, crushing riffs Thomson plays in dropped tunings. The EMTY bridge pickup offers the energy and output of the original Blackouts but with Thomson’s custom voicing to emphasize the percussive chunk of palm-muted notes. Designed for crystal clear clean tones, the EMTY neck pickup can also produce more aggressive mids and increased sustain for high-speed solos and ominous melodic interludes when you crank up the gain.
Other features include a Jackson MTB HT6 hardtail bridge and locking nut for laser-accurate intonation and ultra-stable tuning, a single volume control, three-way blade switch and a recessed barrel jack.
Beastly sounding with classic style, the USA Signature Mick Thomson Soloist™ is available in either a Black finish with white binding or in Arctic White with black binding. Both colors feature matching reverse pointed 6-in-line headstocks and black hardware, including the Schaller® strap locks and Jackson-branded sealed die-cast tuners. Comes with an SKB® hardshell case.
- Series: Artist Series
- Body Material: Mahogany Wings
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Neck: 3-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Fingerboard: Ebony, 12” - 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: None
- Nut (Material/Width): Jackson® Locking, 1.6875” (42.86 mm)
- Tuning Machines: Jackson® Sealed Die-Cast
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: Jackson® MTB HT6 Hardtail
- Pickguard: None
- Pickups: Mick Thomson Signature Seymour Duncan® Blackouts AHB-3S (Bridge and Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Way Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Special Electronics: Active Electronics
- Controls: Volume
- Control Knobs: Dome Style
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: NPS, Gauges: .011, .015, .018p, .026, .036, .056, Tuned to Drop B
- Case/Gig Bag: SKB® Hardshell