The Jackson X Series SL4X evokes some serious 80s nostalgia, with its retro aesthetics and vibrant colour scheme. But its not just a great-looking guitar, as it features a raft of amazing high-spec hardware appointments, and also boasts a premium neck-through construction. With a compound radius fretboard, Duncan-Designed pickups and a Floyd Rose Special tremolo system too, this guitar is built to be shredded upon!
The body of the X Series SL4X is formed of Basswood, a light weight wood with balanced tonal qualities. This means that you can play this guitar live without feeling strain or stress on your shoulders, making it a great, practical option whilst still delivering a strong, full-bodied tone.
The Maple neck will bring in plenty of bright articulation and clarity, offering a snappy response. So if you're into playing technical riffs or high-speed solos, you'll cut through a mix like a hot knife through butter! 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 warmth.
Electronics and Hardware
This high-performance instrument is powered by a triple threat of Duncan-Designed pickups. Based on the full-fat Seymour Duncan Hot-Rail, these powerful pickups provide a strong tone that's more akin to a humbucker, thanks to their 'stacked' design.
Capable of handling high doses of gain, these pickups also sound crystal clear with clean settings. With a five-way switch, you can manipulate your sound with a variety of pickup combinations. In positions 2 and 4 you can get those glassy S-style tones, which are suited very nicely for cleans. This is therefore a highly versatile instrument, suitable for a number of styles and genres.
A double-locking Floyd Rose Special tremolo will also 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 SL4X Soloist in Neon Orange:
The Jackson name has always been synonymous with state-ofthe-art guitar technology and playing, leading the way in crafting instruments that exceed the demands of modern players.
Boasting Jackson’s trademark high-speed playability and performance with a mid-range price tag, the X Series Soloist™ SL4X guitar is also the only product in the current lineup to offer a triple single-coil pickup route configuration.
With a third Duncan Designed™ HR-101 Hot Rails pickup added between the neck and bridge pickup, we’ve unlocked an even wider and more versatile range of tones. Hot wound rails coupled with a powerful ceramic magnet power this musical beast with the aggressive crunch and sustain hard rock and metal styles demand. With single volume and tone controls and a five-way blade switch, players can explore a variety of pickup combinations, while a Floyd Rose® Special double-locking
tremolo (recessed for picking hand comfort) bridge system provides superior string stability, sustain and dynamic tremolo action.
Featuring a 25.5” scale length, the SL4X is crafted out of basswood and coupled with a one-piece through-body maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint, providing stability against the ravages of the road. Wrapped in white binding, its 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard features 24 jumbo frets and dot inlays.
Sleekly designed with bold style, the SL4X is available in eyecatching Bubblegum Pink, Daphne Blue or Neon Orange finishes with a single-ply white pickguard, black hardware and a traditional Jackson pointed 6-in-line headstock.
- Series: X Series
- Body Material: Basswood
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Neck: 1-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12” - 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Dot
- Nut (Material/Width): Floyd Rose® 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: 1-Ply White
- Pickups: Duncan Designed™ HR-101B Hot Rails (Bridge), Duncan De-signed™ HR-101M Hot Rails (Middle), Duncan Designed™ HR-101N 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