Chris Broderick is a familiar name in the metal scene, with his incredible shredding chops gracing the ears of Megadeth fans and followers of his current band, Act of Defiance. To meet his very specific demands, Jackson developed a signature model boasting a raft of premium features, offering virtually no hindrances.
With a graphite-reinforced neck-through construction and DiMarzio pickups, these are just a few of this amazing instrument's appointments that ensure optimal playability and tone.
Formed of a Mahogany body to give heavy riffs all of the low-end grunt they require, this tonewood offers a deep and rich tone that lends itself well to high-gain, and also gives leads plenty of rounded warmth.
Paired with a Maple neck, this bright-sounding wood will help to deliver some top-end snap and definition, giving notes a fast attack and amazing projection in heavy mixes. Reinforced with Graphite, this neck will remain stable even in differing temperatures and conditions, meaning you won't have to tinker with your setup very often at all.
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, more-balanced tone overall.
Electronics and Hardware
This stunning guitar is powered by a dual dose of Broderick's signature DiMarzio CB7 humbuckers. Super-hot, these pickups are capable of handling copious amounts of gain, whilst being versatile enough to clean up very well too.
With a three-way switch you can get the pure, unbridled bite of the bridge pickup, the creamy tone of the neck pickup, or a combination of both for more balanced-sounding cleans. But that's not all, as this guitar also has a push/pull volume coil-split to let you attain S-style tones, as well as a push/pull 'tone kill' function that completely bypasses the tone control, for the most transparent sound.
A mini-toggle kill switch can also allow you to cut your signal on the fly for staccato-esque effects, or just for the convenience to silence your rig in a live situation between songs. A set of ergonomic locking tuners will keep your tuning stable, and also make string changes much easier.
Here's what Jackson say about the Pro Series Chris Broderick Signature HT7 in Metallic Black:
With his dazzling thrash fretwork, former Megadeth and current Act of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick is heralded as an exacting and modern metal master.
When Broderick first came to Jackson to design his own signature model, he had very exacting demands in mind for his take on the venerable Soloist™. Finding a more-than-willing partner up for the challenge, Broderick coined the longstanding high-performance guitar giant as the “company that could.”
The results of the collaboration are sophisticated riffing machines loaded with the premium features needed to keep up with the most demanding music produced today.
The Pro Series Signature Chris Broderick Soloist HT7 is a 25.5” scale, 7-string guitar featuring a resonant mahogany body and a one-piece throughbody maple neck with scarf joint and graphite reinforcement for rock-solid sustain and stability. Its 12”-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets is ideal for all playing styles, comfortable for both low riffing and soaring leads.
Contemporary guitarists require tonal versatility and punchy clarity to keep pace with the rapid twists and turns of today’s metal. A pair of Broderick designed
custom DiMarzio® direct mounted humbucking neck and bridge pickups punch well above their weight, cranking out monstrous tone that will pin your ears back. The volume control conceals a push/pull switch for coilsplitting, unlocking even more tonal options while the tone control’s push/pull switch enables the tone circuit. A mini-toggle killswitch allows for the stuttering effects that have become integral in modern metal. The Jackson Single-String hardtail bridge creates perfect intonation along the entire length of the neck to ensure complex chords ring true, working in harmony with the sealed die-cast locking machines for tuning stability that can withstand a good pick-hand thrashing without shifting.
A brutal beast, the Pro Series Chris Broderick Soloist HT7 is available in Metallic Blue or Metallic Black with a matching reverse 3x4 AT-1 headstock, single-ply black neck and headstock binding and black hardware. Dunlop® strap locks also ensure your axe won’t go flying during onstage acrobatics.
- Series: Pro Series
- Body Material: Mahogany
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Neck: 1-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12” (305 mm) Radius
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: None
- Nut (Material/Width): Black Plastic, 1.875” (47.6 mm)
- Tuning Machines: Jackson®-Branded Die-Cast Locking
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: Jackson® Single-String Hardtail
- Pickguard: None
- Pickups: Direct Mount DiMarzio® CB7 (Bridge and Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Way Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Special Electronics: 2-Position Mini-Toggle Kill Switch, Push/Pull Volume Coil Split,
- Push/Pull Tone Kill
- Controls: Volume, Tone
- Control Knobs: Dome Style
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: NPS, .010-.054 Gauges