The Jackson Soloist at its best. Stripped back, plain simple high speed, high gain fun. The Jackson SL2 is a pure tone machine that has been made for crushing rhythms and super sustaining leads. Between the Seymour Duncan Distortion pickups and Floyd Rose tremolo system you can really achieve a lot with this guitar.
The Soloist has been one of the most popular body shapes in the metal world. This comes down to its great cutaways that give you superb high fret access and the neck through design that increases the sustain and overall stability of the instrument. This one is no different and still features all of these great advantages that Jackson are well known for.
Going in to a bit more detail you have a Mahogany body known for its warm low end and rounded off high end that comes through the mix beautifully.
Jackson have spent years refining the designs of their guitars. From the body shapes to the necks and everything in between. One thing they have really nailed in their Speed Neck design with a compound radius fretboard. This slim 1 Piece Maple neck is so nice to play on and it buttery smooth for high speed leads yes still rounded enough to feel great when playing large open chords.
Seymour Duncan Pickups
Seymour Duncan pickups are known for their versatility. Even their heavier sounding pickups still sound great when dialled back and used for blues, rock etc. The Duncan Distortion is the original hot rodded humbucker made for the rock and metal crowd. Using a Ceramic magnet and wound to 16.6k output this is a real beast that sustains like mad man but you can still put a leash on it and dial it back for cleans and crunches.
Here's what Jackson say about the SL2
Engineered from its inception for high speed, technically demanding guitar playing the Pro Soloist SL2 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 and innovative guitar design.
Dive and soar expressively with the Floyd Rose FRT-O5000 double-locking tremolo bridge, recessed for pick hand comfort and providing laser-accurate intonation and ultra-stable tuning when combined with the Floyd Rose R3 locking nut. Chosen specifically for their complementary sound, a pair of modern Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem humbucking pickups drives this guitar's versatile sound-highly balanced, flexible tone, with plenty of high output for pristine cleans and snarling distortion. Master volume and tone controls shape the pickups' output, which can be further refined with the three-position pickup toggle switch for the precise voice required to bring your musical vision to life. The 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard 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 for increasingly fast playing speed and wide bends without fretting out. The ergonomic Soloist body shape is designed for player comfort and increased balance, eliminating the dread "neck dive" that has brought many a headstock to a sad, untimely end.
Jackson has a history of adding striking style to its high performance instruments, and this axe is no exception. The brooding black nickel hardware wears well, refusing to show the rigors of the road it may encounter while the durable gloss finish, alumiloid piranha neck inlays, single ply neck binding and Jackson's signature pointed 6-In-Line headstock establish this instrument's unmistakable pedigree. Innovative, lightning fast, monstrous-sounding and more than easy on the eyes, the Pro Soloist SL2 is the perfect match for modern metal musicians.
- Shape: S
- Body Wood: Mahogany
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Tuners: Jackson
- Bridge: Floyd Rose
- Bridge Model: Floyd Rose FRT-O5000 Double Locking Tremolo
- Pickups: Seymour Duncan Distortion
- Configuration: HH