Jackson x series sl4x soloist with rosewood fretboard

Jackson classes up the neoclassical shred game with this retro-inspired electric

ByJonathan Horsley27 October 2020


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Our Verdict

A super quick, super cool take on the Soloist format, which after all these years remains one of the finest go-faster S-styles on the market.

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ForThrough-neông chồng build yields impressive sustain.Great range of tones, from blues-roông xã to molten shred.Nice finishes.Very sliông xã playability.Good price.More than respectable build.
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Accordingly, there is a double-locking Floyd Rose Special vibrato, which if not quite the same action as the US-built Floyds, is still very stable & a welcome sight for whammy bar gymnasts. Recessed into lớn the toàn thân, it has a low protệp tin that makes a comfortable resting point for your picking hand.

The Soloist’s trio of Hot Rails humbuckers are selectable via a five-position blade switch, allowing for some excellent in between tones, with master tone và volume controls khổng lồ fine-tune your sound. Played through a valve amplifier with a hot distortion in front of it, this thing screams, yet there is detail & clarity.

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The SL4X breed of Soloist looks refined but you still suspect that if you were khổng lồ score its finish with a coin you’d find tiger-striped neon underneath

Hitherto lớn, you might not have bought a Soloist for the cleans, but with this finish, well, why not? A guitar is what you make it, & this has a wealth of characterful cleans that are perfect for blues, even if the 12" -16" compound radius fingerboard nudges you towards the accelerator.

Yes, the SL4X breed of Soloist looks refined but you still suspect that if you were khổng lồ score its finish with a coin you’d find tiger-striped neon underneath. There is no shortage of hair & teeth once you plug it in.

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Is this where the evolution of shred guitar has taken us? If so, we’re all in và suspect that some other shred-adjacent players are too. You could see John Mayer picking this up. He has size, playing a hot pink Jackson Soloist, và this looks as though it visits the same tailor as his Silver Sky.

Specs

PRICE: $649 / £599BODY: PoplarNECK: Maple neck-through with graphite reinforcement & scarf JointSCALE: 25.5"FINGERBOARD: Laurel with dot inlayFRETS: 24, jumboPICKUPS: 3x Duncan-Designed HR-101 Hot Rails single-coil sized humbuckersCONTROLS: 3-way pickup selector, 1x volume, 1x toneHARDWARE: Floyd Rose Special Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed), Jackson Sealed Die-Cast tunersLEFT-HANDED: NoFINISH: Specific Ocean , Gloss Blaông xã, Snow White, Butterscotch

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