6 New Soloists That Slay

By Chrissy Mauck

January 23, 2016

The concept of creating a sleek and deadly guitar combining a traditional double-cutaway body style and scale length with shark-like high performance was ingrained into Jackson’s DNA at birth in the early 1980s. The resulting instrument, the Soloist, debuted in 1984.

With an addictive compound-radius fingerboard and a new pitch on its through-body neck, the highly versatile Soloist was built to shred. With those features and such a sleekly alluring look, it’s easy to understand why the ergonomic Soloist body shape has earned so much acclaim.

The Soloist remains one of the most revered Jackson models ever, and for 2016, there’s several new options for you to choose from.

Here are 6 new Soloists that slay:

Pro Soloist SL2M

The Pro Soloist SL2M in Snow White stands head and shoulders above the rest in
 a crowded field of “me too” instruments. Striking aesthetics, versatile tone and the pinnacle of advanced guitar craftsmanship unite in the SL2M.

Chosen specifically for their complementary sound, a pair of Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups drives this guitar’s versatile sound—a TB-6 Distortion bridge pickup and SH-6N neck pickup combine for flexible tone, with plenty of output for crisp cleans and snarling distortion. Master volume and tone controls shape the pickups’ output, which can be further refined
with the three-position blade pickup switch for a precise voice. Other features include a 12”-16” compound radius maple fingerboard, a recessed Floyd Rose® FRT-O5000 double-locking tremolo bridge and Floyd Rose R3 locking nut.


Available in killer finishes— Neon Pink, Metallic Pearl White, Slime Green, Taxi Cab Yellow and Satin Black, features include select power trio of Duncan Designed™ pickups; two high-output HR-101 Hot Rails single-coil pickups in 
the middle and neck positions are matched to 
a powerful HB-103B humbucking bridge pickup for complementary harmonic response and
 highly dynamic responsiveness. Master volume and tone controls, along with a five-way blade switch control the formidable pickups’ output. A stylishly contoured body and pure Jackson neck-through- body construction ensures ergonomic comfort during long sets along with monstrous sustain and smooth playing all the way up to the 24th jumbo fret. Other features include an ultra-fast 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard, a one piece neck with graphite reinforcement rods, and a recessed Floyd Rose® Special double-locking with a Floyd Rose R3 locking nut.


Expanding Jackson’s tradition of eye-catching and high-powered designs, the X Series Soloist SLXTQ is a pure riffing machine.

Its massively thick sound is powered by a select duo of Duncan Designed™ humbucking pickups—an alnico HB103N neck pickup and hot ceramic HB103B bridge pickup— providing crisp cleans and articulate high-gain distortion with plenty of girth for palm-muted and downtuned riffage. Available in a Natural Quilt finish, the SLXTQ also features graphite-reinforced neck-through construction, a breakneck-fast 12”-16” compound-radius rosewood fingerboard and a TOM style bridge.

For the lefties, Jackson added the X Series SLX LH in Satin Black or Trans Black (shown below), featuring a basswood body, through-body maple neck and Duncan Designed™ alnico HB102N (neck) and high-output ceramic HB102B (bridge) humbucking pickups, a Floyd Rose® Special double-locking two-point tremolo, 24 jumbo frets and three-way pickup switching.

Pro SL2 in New Satin Red
A top performer already in the Jackson line, the Pro SL2 received a slight makeover for 2016 with two new color additions — Metallic Black or as shown below, a gorgeous Satin Red finish.

SLATTXMG 3-6 in Copper Pearl

Already a very popular six-string in our X Series line, the SLATTXMG 3-6 now comes in two new finishes — Copper Pearl (below) and Candy Metallic Blue.