Jackson Soloist SLX 2014
Jackson Soloist SLX gets updated for 2014, featuring the same classic super-strat looks and modern playability, with expanded color options.
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As part of Jackson's X Series, the guitar still features neck-through-body construction, high-output humbuckers, compound-radius fingerboards and the brand's distinctive shark-fin inlays.
Instead of using basswood, the updated model now has a nato body, with the same neck-through-body construction as the previous iteration. The guitar comes in three new colorful finishes that include Metallic Red, Slime Green and Taxi Cab Yellow.
The neck is made of maple and is topped by a compound-radius 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. For improved playability, the fretboard is designed to curve dramatically at the nut area for easy chords, and it flattens out at the higher frets to make bending easier. Graphite reinforcement is used to ensure the reliability of the neck.
Two Duncan Designed pickups were used to give the guitar its amplified voice - a ceramic HB103N humbucker for the neck and a high-output alnico HB102B humbucking pickup for the bridge. The HB-103N is patterned after the SH-6 Duncan Distortion, with coil windings that deliver what the brand describes as high output tone with lots of crunch and harmonics. The bridge pickup is a more affordable version of the USA-made SH-4 JB, featuring hotter windings.
The two pickups are wired to a 3-way pickup selector, a master volume knob and master tone knob. The guitar also features a Floyd Rose Special double-locking two-point tremolo.
The MSRP for the new Soloist SLX guitar is $733.32 and it is scheduled for release on April 2014. It will probably have around the same retail price as the current model, which is $549.99. Visit Jackson guitars for more information on their upcoming 2014 models.
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