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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 bas... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
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
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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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JacksonAdrian Smith SDX
 
3.9

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice guitar

I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up...Read complete review

I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up and intonated properly. I pulled the stock pickups out within a few months and put in DiMarzio's. Now it screams! I plan on switching out the licensed Floyd for an original Floyd since the stability on the original, as well as the tonality, is much better. But for the price of this guitar, I have no complaints. It has a very bright clear sound. The tone is more bright and clear rather than the warm more gooey sound you'd get from a set-neck mahogany bodied guitar. The sustain is nice but Im sure will increase with an Original Floyd with a good brass tone block. I got the maple fretboard version. The neck is very comfortable and the frets are quite nice. The fretwork was pretty good. Ive had it completely apart a couple times and the tolerances of the work are very tight. As I mentioned earlier, just put in high end pickups of your choice and this guitar is a real workhorse strat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disapointing...

Expect to put more time in setting up this guitar than playing it lol! Main compaint about this guitar is you have to remove neck to do anything on this guitar...adjusting the...Read complete review

Expect to put more time in setting up this guitar than playing it lol! Main compaint about this guitar is you have to remove neck to do anything on this guitar...adjusting the truss rod is a pain, but having to removing neck everytime to make adjustment just sucks! After several times, i stripped out one of the neck plate screws, so more time in fixing that..also, chunk around body where neck seats, broke off because of taking the neck off and on continuously...Btw if you want to replace pickups, you have to remove neck! Just a nightmare lol! Last, the pickups dont align perfectly with pickup pole pieces, unbelievable lol..the good, intonation perfect and guitar stays in tune...

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disapointing...

By Missinglink27

from ColoSprings, CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

Expect to put more time in setting up this guitar than playing it lol! Main compaint about this guitar is you have to remove neck to do anything on this guitar...adjusting the truss rod is a pain, but having to removing neck everytime to make adjustment just sucks! After several times, i stripped out one of the neck plate screws, so more time in fixing that..also, chunk around body where neck seats, broke off because of taking the neck off and on continuously...Btw if you want to replace pickups, you have to remove neck! Just a nightmare lol! Last, the pickups dont align perfectly with pickup pole pieces, unbelievable lol..the good, intonation perfect and guitar stays in tune...

 
5.0

great guitar but just watch out

By shredicus maximus

from knoxville tn

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

    I bought this used about a week ago and thought this would nice to have. When I tried it out it was amazing, i thought. So i bought it. When i got it home and replaced the strings (always do when you buy a new guitar in general) and tuned it locked the nut tuned it again...it wouldn't stay in tune and my strings kep on breaking. then i figured out the problem was the bridge wasn't set up right...it was at an angle and the string tree screws were loose. 2 hrs of balancing trial and error and a little crying i was finally able to set it up right. after that It was one of the best guitars ive played. thought the neck took a little bit of getting use to. It is really a shred machine when it comes down to it. Good for metal and hard rock and you can also get some good low gain sounds out of it too. It is great for that more experienced player who just wants a touch more in a guitar.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not pretty

    By Nickname

    from Woodbridge, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

        I received the guitar and looking at the box it had looked like it was opened before. I pulled the guitar out and all of the screws had stripped heads and some of the pickguard screws were screwed in sideways. It looked like an untrained person built their first guitar. I returned it within 1 hour of opening the box. The quality overall seemed bad. I was really hoping it would be nice like some of the other reviews but just had this feeling when I placed the order it would turn out this way. Oh well.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A great starting place...

        By Andrew

        from Dallas, TX

        Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

        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!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great gutiar

        By mark

        from Manistique Michigan

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          nice gutiar setup was good out of the box .nice feel to neck can,t stop plaing it.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice guitar

          By Spaceman Spiff

          from Washinton USA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          I love this guitar. When I first got it about a year ago, I loved it from the moment I pulled it out of the box. The Licensed Floyd system was set up and intonated properly. I pulled the stock pickups out within a few months and put in DiMarzio's. Now it screams! I plan on switching out the licensed Floyd for an original Floyd since the stability on the original, as well as the tonality, is much better. But for the price of this guitar, I have no complaints. It has a very bright clear sound. The tone is more bright and clear rather than the warm more gooey sound you'd get from a set-neck mahogany bodied guitar. The sustain is nice but Im sure will increase with an Original Floyd with a good brass tone block. I got the maple fretboard version. The neck is very comfortable and the frets are quite nice. The fretwork was pretty good. Ive had it completely apart a couple times and the tolerances of the work are very tight. As I mentioned earlier, just put in high end pickups of your choice and this guitar is a real workhorse strat.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Lonnie4

          from California

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Needs setup work

          Best Uses

          • Metal
          • Rock

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          Plays really well and sounds great. All pickups sound great.

          But to get it this way needed quite a bit of work.

          1. Needs New Nut. The stock nut is 10" radius. Fretboard radius is compound 12" to 16". Replaced stock nut with a 14" radius nut. Filed down nut slot to get the height right. Fixed. Most all Jacksons have this issue. Strange. Also shimmed the high and low e-string at the bridge for a flatter radius. Still a little buzz on the low E string but acceptable.

          2. Neck pickup can't be adjusted high enough so it is too quiet compared to bridge pickup. The bridge sits too high. The fix: shim the neck. Works perfectly. Neck pickup sounds great.

          3. Trem arm too loose, replacing that too.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good guitar for the price

          By JoeK.

          from Indiana

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          I ordered this guitar on looks alone; as a life long Jackson player I expected Jackson quality to be there. For whatever reason, I wanted a Jackson with a Strat headstock, watching Adrian playing his Jacksons onstage only fueled that desire.
          So the looks of the guitar are excellent. No issues with the paint job or with the finish on the hardware.
          The neck is excellent and the frets are finished perfectly. The grain in the rosewood fret board is tight and the board is smooth.
          Like other reviewers, I do have issues with the pickups. Experience has shown me that guitars in this price range, running "stock" pickups, usually leave a lot to be desired and I assumed that a swap would be in order even as I added this guitar to my cart. In the case of my SDX, I do not like the stock single coils. While I don't expect their output to match the bridge humbucker, they aren't even close. Both single coils are thin sounding and through my rig lack bass and midrange. Adjusting their height hasn't helped any. I do like the bridge humbucker and it will stay in the guitar.
          The Floyd Rose Special feels solid and staying in tune hasn't been an issue. The volume, tone, and the 5-way switch feel solid with no noise.
          So, while I don't like the single coils, they are still usable until I can swap them out. The neck plays great, the hardware on the guitar is solid...I feel that the SDX is gig-worthy and does a good job of representing the Jackson brand.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good but could be better!

          By Beau Davey

          from Tucson, Az

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          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!

           
          4.0

          It's a Looker....Nice feel with fair quality.

          By Brian Lucero

          from Santa Fe, New Mexico

          Comments about Jackson Adrian Smith SDX:

          I recived the San Dimas as a gift for Christmas from my girlfriend. We where in the Albuqurque store and walked by it and it caught my eye. I played it without plugging it in and loved the action. Once I got it home and plugged it in I was pleasently surprised with it staying in tune even after heavy use with the flood rose. The black hardware aginst the white body makes it very attractive. I felt the electronic set-up could have been better, but over all I dig this guitar and get compliments all the time! It's a rockstar!!!!

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