NAMM: Jackson Enters The Multiscale Arena

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Jackson has picked up the challenge thrown down by the likes of Ormsby, Strandberg, Carvin, Ibanez and others by releasing their first production muliscale guitar. The X Series Soloist Archtop SLAT7 FF is a 7-string with 25.7-27″ scale lengths (the press release is worded weirdly on that front but I’m sure if you’re reading this you know what that means) with EMG 808 humbucking pickups and individual staggered bridge saddles. There’s also an 8-string version, the SLAT8 FF, with 25.5”/28”” scale length. There are other new models too: here’s the press release. 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 23, 2016) Jackson is pleased to announce several additional models for 2016, including new fanned-fret Soloist instruments, a brand-new Pro Series 7-string Soloist and X Series 7-string Rhoads, as well as an additional left-handed option and expanded finishes on preexisting models.

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X Series Soloist™ Archtop SLAT7 FF

A high-performance evolution of the electric guitar, this 7-string fanned-fret model unlocks the possibilities of an instrument by accommodating two scale lengths (25.5”/27”) on one fingerboard, thus improving overall playing comfort as well as tension and intonation.

Features an archtop basswood body with a one-piece maple neck and scarf joint reinforced with two graphite rods for maximum neck stability, single-ply neck binding, a 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a pair of modern EMG® 808 humbucking pickups, Jackson designed individual staggered bridge saddles and Jackson AT1 (three on one side, four on the other) headstock with Jackson die-cast tuners.

Available in October 2016, the SLAT7 FF is offered in Metallic Blue with all-black hardware.

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X Series Soloist™ Archtop SLAT8 FF

The Soloist Archtop SLAT8 FF is an 8-string fanned-fret model that is built with two scale lengths (25.5”/28”) on one fingerboard.

Standout features include an archtop basswood body with a Gloss Black finish, one-piece maple neck and scarf joint with graphite reinforcement, single-ply neck binding, a 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, a pair of modern EMG® 909 humbucking pickups, Jackson designed individual staggered bridge saddles, 3-position toggle and all-black hardware.

Available October 2016.

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Pro Series Soloist™ SL7

Designed for fans of 7-string guitars, the Pro Series Soloist™ SL7 is a unique music machine that redefines metal prowess and innovative guitar design.

Premium features include a mahogany body with a Satin Black finish, 25.5” scale, one-piece maple neck-through-body with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint, single-ply neck binding, a 12”-16” compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and alumiloid piranha neck inlays, a pair of Seymour Duncan® SH-6 7 pickups, recessed Floyd Rose® FRT-SSO2000 double-locking tremolo, all-black hardware and Jackson’s signature pointed 7-in-line headstock.

Available October 2016.

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X Series RRX24-7  

The X Series RRX24-7 is a 7-string model in Gloss Black featuring a basswood body, 25.5” scale, one-piece through-body speed maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius dark rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid sharkfin inlays, white single-ply neck binding, black Jackson sealed die-cast tuning machines and Jackson’s noted pointed reverse 7-in-line headstock.

It’s also equipped with a pair of Duncan Designed™ HB-7 humbucking pickups and a Floyd Rose® Special 7-string double-locking tremolo bridge.

Available October 2016.

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Soloist™ SL2L Left-Handed

Innovative, lightning fast, monstrous-sounding and more than easy on the eyes, the new Pro Series Soloist SL2L is the perfect match for left-handed modern metal musicians.

The SL2L features a mahogany body, 25.5” scale, maple neck with neck-thru construction and 12”-16” compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and alumiloid piranha inlays.

Chosen specifically for their complementary sound, a pair of modern Seymour Duncan® Distortion humbucking pickups drives this guitar’s versatile sound. The SL2L is also equipped with a LH Floyd Rose® FRT-O5000 double-locking tremolo bridge, Floyd Rose® R3 locking nut, Jackson® sealed die-cast tuning machines and black nickel hardware to match the Metallic Black finish.

Available October 2016.

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Soloist SLATXMG3-6

The X Series Soloist™ SLATXMG3-6 is back with a vengeance in two new extraordinary colors— Candy Metallic Blue and Copper Pearl.

Sleek, refined, and dangerous, the SLATXMG3-6 is art brought to life, tempered with high-tech performance for the ultimate metal machine. Featuring a basswood body with arched top, 25.5” scale, a maple neck with dual graphite reinforcement rods, single-ply neck binding, speed profile and 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard with piranha inlays. The guitar is also equipped with a pair of EMG active humbucking pickups (85 neck pickup and 81 bridge pickup), a Floyd Rose® Special bridge, Jackson-branded tuning machines and black hardware.

Available October 2016.

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Dinky™ Minion JS1X

The popular JS Series Dinky™ Minion JS1X model will be available in a new striking Neon Green finish as of fall 2016, just in time for the holidays!

The 2/3-scale (22.5”) Minion guitar has a poplar body, speedy bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement, a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Jackson’s classic sharkfin inlays, dual high-output Jackson humbucking pickups and string-through-body hardtail bridge.

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Rhoads RR Minion JSX1

Coming fall 2016, the JS Series RR Minion JS1X will be available in a new stunning Neon Pink finish.

Although diminutive in size, the 2/3-scale (22.5”) Minion guitaris jam-packed with features, including a poplar body, speedy bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods, a 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and Jackson’s classic sharkfin inlays, dual high-output Jackson humbucking pickups and a string-through-body hard-tail bridge.

For more information and to find a dealer near you, go to www.jacksonguitars.com.