The Jackson SLS3 Soloist electric guitar is a 24-fret no-nonsense neck-through-body monster. Its carved-top mahogany body is fitted with a shred-eriffic mahogany neck and a bound compound-radius ebony... Click To Read More About This Product
The Jackson SLS3 Soloist electric guitar is a 24-fret no-nonsense neck-through-body monster. Its carved-top mahogany body is fitted with a shred-eriffic mahogany neck and a bound compound-radius ebony fretboard. This combination offers fast neck playability and rich, full-bodied sustain. It's powered by two genuine Seymour Duncan Zebra humbuckers”one in the bridge position, and one at the neck. The string-through-body bridge, sealed die-cast tuners, ivoriod binding, black hardware, and shark-eye inlays top it all off, making this guitar as rich in looks as it is in tone.
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I don't have, as I mentioned, much to compare this with, but that doesn't matter. It's sweet. Wide neck, but thin to compensate, probably not as thin as an Ibanez s series from what I've read, but still very shreddable. This guitar feels pretty damn solid, looks awesome, sounds sweet... do I sound biased? I mean what am I going to do, talk bad about a guitar I just spent a lot on? But seriously the body is so light, yet provides great tone gain or not, surprisingly nice in clean, actually, and the heft of it is in the neck, because of its width if nothing else. So you're left with no shoulder pain and you don't feel like you're playing a toy. It's awesome.
Tonal options kept simple; bridge, neck, and combination. Bridge position is my preference. Beautiful chug quality, and the clarity and crunch of single notes is incredibly satisfying. Even whilst picking stationary chords with open notes, with gain peaked, there is clarity and the notes don't fight with each ohter. They ring out with individual clarity and are all perfectly audible. No mud here. The pegheads are in the right place, they weren't loose outta the box, tone and volume knobs not loose, neither was the selector, all goood so far. That's what's nice about this beast, is that there isn't a lot to look after. Just the stuff you need. Simple, and for a predominantly metal guitar, elegant, and visually stunning.
This might be the only drawback, and I know how those words are when you read them in a review, but I'll be honest to the bone here. I guess from the photo I expected a...I don't know, more solid feeling guitar? I Imagined it would feel like wood with a finish, but unfortunately the body seems plastic. And I asked myself, would I know the difference, and if I did, would it matter? I am realizing now that the answer to the former is yes and to the latter, not really. I have an old Guild SG style guitar, which was what I upgraded from with my Jackson SLS3 purchase. That guitar I will always keep, because I got a good bargain on it and its old. Its cool. Bigsby I put on it and everything...it's cool. And it's unmistakably wooden. The jackson is better. It sounds better clean and dirty, it feels better, it's much lighter, it's just better. It's just one of those terrifying initial, unexplored reactions when the guitar doesnt seem to look as good as it did in the picture. What do you expect? I'll bet photos of Angelina Jolie are airburhsed too but would that keep me from her given the opportunity? Very, very unlikely. Notice the rating. Play this guitar for five-ten minutes and I'll bet you fall in love too. Oh uhm everything is where its supposed to be and nothing has fallen off yet...I mean the guitar is only about three hours old at this point to me...if anything falls off unexpectedly ill recant my favorable rating. so far so good.
I'm still new to it, but it's awesome. I've never even played a guitar this expensive before so I'm lacking by way of comparisons. Took me a Christmas and a few months of saving to get it but it's totally worth it. The guitar is all one piece, no bolt on, which just adds to its value. I could probably kill someone with it and play immediately after in tune. And the neck won't break off inside someone's sternum. All good things here.
p.s. I don't condone unnecessary violence. self defense only.
Was at a guitar shop that has a room full of dozens of nothing but EXPENSIVE guitars. Like a wall of PRS, Charvel, Vintage Gibson, etc. I tried a few high-end ESP, Charvels, and a few USA Jackson's. All excellent guitars, and I didn't pick the SLS3 based on my budget. I preferred this one to the USA Soloists. The necks feel identical, and the quality of both is superb. I felt the mahogany bodied SLS sounded superior to the USA alder soloists(but Im partial to mahogany tone). Neck fit and specs are on par with my Prestige series Ibanez, but the contoured heel is easier accessed. The pickups absolutely howl to life. Beautiful inlay work, and a classy color scheme.
This guitar is'nt quite as light as it may seem, eventhough the name states "super lightweight soloist" but thats besides the point. The seymour duncans in this scream. The treble has a perfect metal tone and the neck makes soloing sound like a dream. The neck is quite thin aswell, Although I have played thinner necks, this one fits my hand like a glove. If you are a les paul player this guitar feels about 100 ibs lighter and the neck feels as if its a quarter of the size. The 24th fret is EXTREMELY easy to reach and even for not being scalloped it does hold the note. The sustain in this guitar is massive and sounds dreamy played with clean tones. A unique feature is the "shark-eye" inlays. Theese inlays look amazing and it draws quite a bit of attention from everyone, not only guitarists. THe ebony fretboard makes me never want to play rosewood or maple ever again! I have never had any tuning issues with this guitar either. Absolutely flawless (for my needs).
If I could do without a wammy bar, and had a bit more dough, I would definately buy this guitar. I have compared it to a number of different models and it would seem to be the best fixed bridge guitar out there. That's just my opinion, don't know if it helps you
i needed a shredder guitar and that's exactly what the SLS-3 is. incredible tone and playability.
This guitar reminds me a lot of the Jackson slsmg soloist. I have owned this guitar for about 9 months now. The only thing i can tell you about it is this guitar is amazing the neck so smooth. The Pictures really don't do the guitar justice. if your thinking about getting this guitar get it you won't regret it.
This guitar is very unique from other guitars I've played(Fender Strats,Ibanez RGs). The ebony fretboard is hard, which makes notes for leads more clear and standing out. When playing solos(for metal),shredding fast gives you the Yngwie Malmsteen tone. It may sound like Yngwie, but I wasn't too sure about the pickups with the warm, not-very-distorted sound. Since I play metal from many genres, I have to say that I recommend getting better pickups for metal players out there...But besides that this guitar is it, the one and only guitar for a true lead guitar player!The guitar is lightweight,comfortable to play, and thin. This guitar is OK for an intermediate player, but is mainly for advanced players who know what their going to do with their life...Play lead guitar!
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