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... Read More
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.
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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!
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!
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!!!!
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
I bought this based on looks, ability to stay in tune, and because its Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden signature. I play 80's and 90's metal. Guitar performs well on the humbucker setting. The neck and middle pickups are horrible, but I never use them so who cares. I also have an EVH wolfgang special and the Adrian Smith Jackson guitar plays just as well and sounds just as nice. If you use neck pickups for your playing, get something else or plan on replacing neck pickups. Bottom line it rocks! Up the IRONS!
Since I knew Jackson were going to build a cheaper version of the Adrian Smith signature I was completely into it. I?ve been waiting for this guitar and yesterday I finally stop by Guitar Center just to get the feel for it. Unfortunately, I think I set up the bar too high on this one and got disappointed. The guitar is more like a toy made overseas, the end products is a bunch of different pieces put together on the top of each other. You can feel the low quality wood in the neck and body immediately, they might?ve used a really cheap rosewood and basswood. I knew the pickups were going to be simple, but not THAT simple. I didn?t care that much about the pickups because like many other people, I was planning to buy this guitar and add the Dimarzio super distortion. The Floyd rose is also very simple and looks like is going to break at any time. I can only give 2 stars to this guitar, one because Adrian Smith name is on it, and the second one because I usually like Jackson guitars. I really think this guitar is over price, I know you can do much better for this amount of money. The guitar looks like the pricier version though, so if you don?t care about details, playability, sound, and quality you can DREAM that you?re actually playing a super San Dimas Jackson Adrian Smith Signature.
Bought this guitar based on my love of adrian smith and could only dream of owning the more expensive model. Having got it home it failed on me, i noticed a wire smashed between the pick gaurd and the body, the bridge position pick up lost its gain and volume. I returned the guitar to my local store and exchanged it for another one. I got it home and it lasted a few hours as well. This time the input jack fell apart and the ground wire came loose from the solder. This time i am going to repair it myself, do not want to wait 4 to 6 weeks for another one to come in. I love the feel of the neck and it does play very fast. This is my first Jackson guitar and probably last, disappointed in quality, made in china makes it affordable just be prepared to work on it yourself. Guitar center was very helpful and i dont feel it was thier fault, just poor quality from manufacturer.
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