Jackson SL1T Soloist Transparent Finish Group

Can this hair metal favourite still stand up today?

Given that Jackson started as a spare parts firm, it makes sense that the Soloist fused the best bits from existing models into a pioneering new metal axe. This 80s superstrat is ageing surprisingly well.

Build

Built in the US of A, the SL2H boasts a svelte alder body, furnished with flame maple top and bisected by a quartersawn maple thru-neck.

Hardware and pickups are just as sexy as the timber – with twin Seymour Duncan humbuckers promising high-output mayhem –and a genuine Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo wobbling obligingly at the bridge.

In use

The Soloist was born from endless conversations with guitarists in Jackson's Custom Shop and that's probably why it feels like a player's axe.

The SL2H handles like a dream, with the body slim in all the right places – the cutaways and thru-neck getting you right up to the teeny frets. But beware, the speed of the profile can also give you an rather inflated view of your technical ability!

It's the ultimate choice for guitar virtuosi – a guitar that laps up every nuance of your technique. That's why they called it the Soloist.

The Soloist may not have the raw character of a Les Paul, but it's born to rock, and offers the most glorious metal tones when you make the 'buckers angry.

You can blame it on our inner 80s rocker, but we have to hand the Soloist a shiny gold medal.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Stunning playability. Metal tones.

Cons

Not for non-metallers.

Verdict

Pricey, but well worth it.

Available Controls

5 Way Blade Pickup Selector Switch

Available Finish

Burnt Cherry Sunburst, Natural, Transparent Black, Transparent Blue, Transparent Green, Transparent Red

Back Material

Alder

Bolt-on Neck

No

Bridge

JT390 Adjustable Bridge with Strings-Through-Body

Case Included

Yes

Country of Origin

USA

Fingerboard Binding

Ebony/Maple

Fingerboard Material

Ebony

Fingerboard Radius

12 to 16 inch

Guitar Body Material

Alder

Hardware

Black Chrome

Inlays

Mother of Pearl Inlays

Left Handed Model Available

Yes

Neck Joint Location

12

Neck Material

Maple

No of Strings

6

No. of Frets

24

Pickguard

No

Pickups

2 x Seymour Duncan Classic Stack Humbucking Pickups (Middle/Neck)

Scale Length (Inches)

25.5

Top Material

Flame Maple

Unique Features

Compound (12? to 16?) Fingerboard Radius, Mother of Pearl Shark Fin Position Inlays, Bound Fingerboard and Headstock, Matching Headstocks on Transparent Colors, Inlaid Mother of Pearl Jackson Logo, CTS® Pots and Switchcraft® Switches

Width at Nut (Inches)

1.6875

Year of Origin

2004

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