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Jackson Adrian Smith SDX
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An affordable signature model based on the one that Iron Maiden's guitarist uses on stage.

The Jackson Adrian Smith SDX is an affordable way to gain access to the sound and playability of the more expensive model that the Iron maiden guitarist actually uses on stage. This one features a basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, compound radius rosewood fingerboard, Jackson pickups in an HSS configuration, white pickguard, Floyd Rose Special tremolo system, and black hardware. Case sold separately.

Jackson Adrian Smith SDX Features:

  • Classic looks and comfortable feel
    H/S/S pickup configuration
    22 jumbo frets
    Maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard
    Floyd Rose Special bridge
    5-way selector switch
    Case sold separately


Jackson Adrian Smith SDX Specifications:

  • products general
    Model Name: Adrian Smith Signature SDX
    Series: Artist Signature
    products body
    Body: Basswood
    Body Shape: San Dimas
    Body Finish: Gloss
    products neck
    Neck Shape: Speed Neck
    Number of Frets: 22
    Fret Size: Jumbo
    Position Inlays: Dot
    Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
    Fretboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: Maple
    Neck Finish: Oiled
    Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
    Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
    Truss Rods: Dual-Action
    Truss Rod Nut: Butt Adjustable
    products electronics
    Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
    Bridge Pickup: Jackson Humbucking Bridge Pickup
    Middle Pickup: Jackson Single Coil Middle Pickup
    Neck Pickup: Jackson Single Coil Neck Pickup
    Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    products hardware
    Bridge: Top Mount Floyd Rose Special
    Tuning Machines: Jackson Tuning Machines
    products tools
    Truss Rod Wrench: Standard Truss Rod Wrench
    Floyd Rose Nut Adjustment Wrench: Yes
    products miscellaneous
    Strings: NPS, Gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
    Unique Features: H/S/S pickup configuration, 22 jumbo frets, maple neck w/rosewood fingerboard, Floyd Rose Special bridge, 5-way selector switch
    products accessories
    Pickguards: White


Jackson Adrian Smith SDX

Limited lifetime warranty against defects for guitars purchased after 1/1/2000.
One year parts and labor warranty for guitars purchased before 1/1/2000.

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  • A great starting place...

    As reviewed by Andrew on 1/2/2015

    First, it should be noted that you'll have to play a few of the import versions of this guitar to find one that is right. I don't think the QA is where it should be. The feel is very nice if the setup has been redone, but the ones that are fresh from the factory seem to be set up horribly. This is likely the cause of some of the other review issues. Once you have one that has been set up right, it is quite fast and you can feel the potential in this guitar. Know at the outset that these are a beginner set of pickups that you will swap out. They are not as powerful as the SCN and super distortion combo on the US version. Still, they aren't bad for this cost level. They aren't complex but the bridge will kick an amp into overdrive pretty efficiently. I wasn't expecting noiseless single coils even if they are rather anemic. It IS like nobody thought to listen to this guitar clean... Really it shouldn't be expected to have 250 dollars worth of pickups on a 500 dollar guitar. I have some lying around my work bench that have this guitar's name on them. I am admittedly a tweaker, so I don't let any of my guitars stay totally stock. This one gets a new switch right out of the gate, as it is impossible to find those blasted import tips and it already got lost! That's my bad, but the switch isn't exactly CRL level of quality. Then it's on to better wire and pickups. The jack seems pretty decent. Just polishing the frets turned them into buttery delight, as the neck has a great carve and they are otherwise done very well. The rolled edges are another charvel/jackson hallmark that is nice to see. The floyd is a "real" floyd special - that means it is a well designed unit, built in korea (which doesn't matter much) but the trem block and string locks are going to be zinc alloy rather than stainless. Again, to be expected for the price point, but all fully upgradeable if they wear out since it is a real floyd with real floyd dimensions and threadings. It will get a block and saddles if I find myself playing way more hair metal to justify the cost. So: get a real setup, buff the frets a hair to get a guitar that feels above this price range. Get new pickups to sound in a different league. Floyd upgrades to take it over the top!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • Good but could be better!

    As reviewed by Beau Davey on 6/21/2013

    when I bought this I was set on getting something between a Fender Stratocaster and a Jackson Dinky, this fits the bill in that department. It looks great, the pickups sound good for stock pickups, and works in regards to how Adrian Smith intended the H S S configuration, crunchy and gainy in the bridge position for when your playing hard hitting riffs and running through you overdrive channel, but quieter clean in the mid and neck position for when your in the clean channel. It sounds good playing metal and hard rock, but sounds equally good when you tone it done, for blue. The neck is very comfortable and plays very well. Properly set up it stays in tune, no matter how hard you wrench on the Floyd Rose. The frets are very clean and nicely finished no jagged edges to catch on as your playing, very smooth. Mine was pretty well perfectly intonated and only needed minor adjustments to get it right. The issue I have run into with this guitar is that the locking nuts string spacing from E to E center is incorrect. Its to wide, and causes the high E to slip off the fretboard, making it a pain when playing legato, sweep picking, or finger tapping. From research I've found that installing a top mounted R3 locking nut, will correct this issue. I would recommend talking someone at your GC store about it first. It would be a 5 if it was not for the E string slippage issue. Other then that its a good value, mid ranged guitar that plays and sounds great, get that nut issue fixed!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Very please with this guitar

    As reviewed by Shawn Verble on 10/22/2012

    I've had many guitars in the last 25 years. More than 3 Jackson guitars. Actually ordered a custom shop guitar from Jackson back in 1987 that cost $1800! It was a strat style guitar. Then have 2 soloists. I also have a couple Carvin guitars. Had a Gretch and many other high end brand guitars too. With that said, I was in the mood for a new guitar, but didn't want to spend that much money and was basically interested in something that I wouldn't mind tearing apart, modding and painting. So I came upon this guitar and thought I'd give it a shot. Wow, was I surprised with this guitar. It rips. The Trem stays in tune, the pickups are loud and proud, both neck and bridge pickups are great. I was going to change them out, but I think I'll leave them. I can't wait to gig this guitar. If you want hotrod strat with a Floyd, but don't want to spend much cash, get this guitar. It's a allota fun

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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