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Got gallop? If not, you soon will have. Adrian’s full-fat Jackson was actually modelled on a Fender.
“Grover Jackson came to a lot of the shows with different prototype guitars for me to try,” he says. “I had a 50s Fender Strat that I liked, so he took measurements from that and it formed the basis for the [signature] model.”
In 2012, Jackson unleashed the cut-price SDX version of the Maiden man’s San Dimas model. But wait! What about the spec differences? Okay, so you get a basswood body instead of alder, own-brand pickups instead of DiMarzio/ Samarium aftermarket models, and a Floyd Rose Special rather than a ‘real’ one.
But you need to put down the spec sheet, stop listening with your eyes and trust us – it doesn’t matter. You still get the fundamentals of Adrian’s guitar, with the all- important compound radius neck, HSS pickup configuration and the (in reality) rock-solid Floyd.
When we reviewed it in 2012, we were bowled over, describing it as “a bit of a game changer in the sub-£500 guitar market. The SDX could convince you it’s worth double the street price: no small feat.” Do yourself a solid and try this guitar.