This guitar seems to be trying to get that George Lynch kind of vibe with the way it's painted. It's definitely a very 80-esque looking guitar, and it pulls off that sound that's associated with the 80s with ease. The guitar features an alder body with a maple neck-thru design, an ebony fretboard with 24 extra jumbo frets, sharkfin inlays, a hard tail bridge, HSS configuration, one volume, one tone and a five way switch.
The first thing you notice is that this guitar has a pretty cool paint job. Anybody who has ever seen George Lynch play will know this graphic. It's that tiger stripe kind of model that was super popular in the 80s. The guitar had some really nice upper fret access. Thanks to it being neck-thru, I was able to get to the higher frets without any issues at all. The guitar was truly built for performance in mind. The fretwork on this was top notch. I didn't have any issues at all with the frets. They were shiny, had a nice crown, were beveled properly and just felt nice. The guitar has a hard tail bridge, and I'm actually not the biggest fan of hard tail bridges on Jacksons, but for those who hate floyds, this is the one you want to look into.
The guitar was a bit bright, and thanks to it having a hard tail bridge, this was somewhat enhanced. For those that don't know, floyds tend to have a slightly more mellow tone when compared to other bridges, so they work great on these neck-thru guitars. With this hard tail design, it turns it into a very tight and cutting guitar. It works great for 80s metal, but for some other genres like blues and whatnot, some people might not like it. Then again, every piece of wood sounds different, so there could be some super thick sounding models out there as well. The guitar had a JB in the bridge with Classic Stacks in the neck/middle. They were really nice, but I would have liked to have something else in there. The JB was a bit too bright, and the Classic Stacks didn't have the output I was looking for.
The guitar is a very solid guitar, and I'm sure any 80s metal fan would be more than happy with this guitar. The necks on these are a little thicker than the Dinky necks, but they're still fairly thin. If you're one of those people who like super thick necks, then you'll want to look elsewhere. Then again, I have a feeling most of you who are looking to buy this guitar are more into the whole 80s shred thing and tend to prefer thinner necks rather than thicker ones.
I wish they would make this guitar a normal model. I love the features of this guitar but I am not a fan of the finish. At first I thought the finish was just an option but it seems its the only finish they make this guitar in. This is the Jackson Soloist SL1T in the Bengal Tiger finish. The T in the name stands for hardtail. The wood in this guitar is alder and it has a neck through construction. The neck is maple with an ebony fretboard with 24 jumbo frets. The neck has Jacksons famous compound radius. The pickups are in an HSS configurations. They are Seymour Duncans in all positions. The bridge pickups is a JB and the middle and neck pickups are Duncan Classic Stack humbuckers. They look like single coils but are humbuckers with stacked coils. You get a master volume and master tone with a 5 way blade switch. You do not get a locking nut since this guitar does not have a Floyd Rose but you do not need it with the tune-o-matic and string through tailpiece.
This guitar is meant to be a stripped down shred machine. Playability is the name of the game when it comes to one of these guitars. The neck is wide and thin with jumbo frets and an ebony fretboard. All this combined with the compound radius means this guitar is a dream to play. The compound radius allows the for great playability on both ends of the neck. Near the headstock on the low end the radius is 12 inches which means the fretboard is slightly more curved up there to make playing chord shapes more comfortable. Near the high end the radius is 16 inches which makes shredding and lead playing effortless. Being a hardtail guitar tuning and changing strings on this guitar is super easy. The string through tailpiece also gives better tone. A string through tail piece on a neck through guitar gives you some of the clearest tone possible on a guitar.
The tone on this guitar is super bright and clear. With the alder body and maple neck the guitar was already going to be bright and clear, but with the neck through design and the string though tail piece the clarity is over the top. The JB with the stacked humbuckers give you buckets of tone and tons of options when it comes to sound. The stacked humbuckers have sort of a single coilish sound but without all the noise. The JB in the bridge is a classic bridge position Seymour Duncan. It is one of the best hot rodded PAF designs on the market. You can do anything from metal to blues with the JB. The stacked humbuckers are a great alternative to real single coils. They still retain a single coil vibe but are as quiet as a humbucker.
Its pretty crazy that they put out this guitar in this paint job. It would probably do alot better in a normal color. I see normal colored ones pop up every once and a while but this current run has been all Bengal Tiger stripes. Its pretty crazy. If you can handle the crazy finish you got a sweet shred guitar. I prefer hardtails over tremolos and I always recommend them. But since so many people like them its hard to find a good shred guitar with a hardtail setup. This is one of the few models like that out on the market.
Unique Features Compound (12 to 16) Fingerboard Radius,
Mother of Pearl Shark Fin Position Inlays,
Bound Fingerboard and Headstock,
Inlaid Mother of Pearl Jackson Logo,
CTS Pots and Switchcraft Switches
As always with Jackson, the handle is a real pleasure. We feel that we have a real handle hands. CASC to treble could not be easier! Another guitar perfectly balance! It vibrates all the wood of this guitar, branch or not.
This guitar is extremely specific on, with great sustain nerve ... It sounds sharp and aggressive and ultimately not very "fat".
I love her look, I love playing it, but I told him the noise level of the mahogany prefers KV2T.
I play on it for about 2 years. I have several large models of Jackson, I love the comfort and look of this guitar.
However she became my "spare" the guitar since I KV2T at its heaviest ...
It remains an excellent guitar.
The only criticism I can make it on the traversing ropes, do not always cross Obvious!