The Jackson Soloist™ SLXFMG has a basswood body with a flame maple top veneer, through-body maple neck and active EMG® 85 (neck) and EMG® 81 (bridge) humbucking pickups that deliver well balanced tone with tight bass, glassy mids and crunching highs. The bound, compound radius, rosewood fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends. Other features include a Floyd Rose® Special double-locking two-point tremolo, 24 jumbo frets and three-way pickup switching.
Although the EMG-85 pickup has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet-loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy low end and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. The midrange has great definition and doesn't get foggy or muddy in the rhythm position. The EMG-85 works best if you like the natural distortion that comes from overdriving the front end of your amp. Under any condition, the humbucker responds accurately to your technique.
The EMG-81 pickup is a high-output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock 'n' roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. If you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one. Distortion during lead passages is consistent, sustain is long and the breakup fades smoothly. The ceramic magnet in combination with wide aperture steel poles lend a quick attack but the tone stays nice and fat at the same time. Perfect if you're the only guitarist in the band, and need to switch from rhythm to lead and still keep the band moving. Another great thing about the EMG-81 humbucker is it's quiet. If you're playing at really high gain the last thing you need is noise.
Floyd Rose Bridge
When you want to throw in some divebombs or windmills you need a quality Floyd rose tremelo. Whether your really stretching it for metal or gently bouncing in some vibrato for rock and country this arm sounds great.
- Series: X Series
- Body Shape: Rhoads
- Body Wood: Basswood
- Body Finish: Gloss Polyester on (576), Satin on (568)
- Headstock: Jackson Pointed 6 In-Line
- Neck: Through-Body Maple Speed Neck with Tilt-Back Scarf Joint Headstock
- Neck Finish: Painted
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12 to 16in Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Sharkfin
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Scale Length: 25.5in (64.8 cm)
- Bridge: Jackson Compensated and Adjustable Strings-Through-Body
- Pickup Configuration: H/H
- Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
- Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Strings: NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
- Unique Features: Through-Body neck construction, Strings-Through-Body Bridge, Duncan
- Designed HB-102-B and HB-102-N Pickups
- Tuning Machines: Jackson Sealed Die-Cast
- Neck Binding: 1-Ply White