Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
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Jackson USA SL2H Soloist

USA SL2H Soloist, STC-Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the USA Select series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 10 reviews )
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King Loudness12/30/2011

King Loudness's review"Very classy superstrat"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
The Jackson SL2H is a variation of the famous Soloist that has been made by the company since the '80s. It features dual humbuckers for the electronics platform, which is a departure from the typical H-S-S pickup configuration. Specs wise, it features an alder body, a maple neck with ebony fretboard, 24 frets, Original Floyd Rose Tremolo, a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers ('59 and JB) and a simple electronics layout of a single volume and single tone control, along with a 3 way toggle switch. It comes in a variety of finishes including some really awesome graphics that take you right back to the time of big hair and loud guitar finishes. They're built in the USA by Jackson and are as high end as you can get without veering into Custom Shop territory.

UTILIZATION

The design is very ergonomic to me. The guitar has neck through construction which feels very solid and smooth. The shape is extremely contoured and forms to the body quite well. The weight of these guitars is a bit heavier than one might expect from a superstrat, but it's still not like holding a Les Paul on your shoulders. The upper fret access is great considering it's a neck through and nothing will impede your hand from getting all the way to the 24th fret.

Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty simple. It's meant to have a nice bright tone for hard rock and shred sounds mainly. It's pretty much going to get those standard shred type tones but it does have a fairly thick quality to it as well that is great for rhythm work, so it's not a one trick pony by any means.

SOUNDS

The tones out of this guitar are really quite nice for modern lead playing. It's not the most versatile guitar in the world I find, but what it does, it does very well. The clean tones aren't the greatest in the world but they do have somewhat of a sparkle to them when put through a good clean channel of an amplifier. The mid gain tones don't do a whole lot for me because I find them to sound a bit forced and bright sounding. This guitar uses alder, maple and ebony together which is a bright combo, so you really need a sound setting that can handle that amount of treble. The highest gain sounds are really top notch. The Seymour Duncan '59 at the neck offers a nice smooth liquidy tone for leads, and the JB at the bridge is perfect for raunchy riffage and very '80s lead work. Very cool.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Jackson SL2H is a great guitar for anyone looking for the top of the range neck through superstrat that can really do those '80s tones as they were intended. It's not cheap at about $2,200 new, but you're getting a quality instrument that will last you for decades to come. The parts are all top notch and the feel and tone are just superb. Aside from Suhr, I think the USA Jacksons are in the group of some of the best superstrats made today.
iamqman10/05/2011

iamqman's review"Great guitar"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
This is the Jackson soloist guitar with its pointy headstock and just ripe tone. This is almost like a custom shop guitar because it's a Jackson US production model but it's built so well that it almost feels like a custom shop guitar. It has a great feel and a great neck if you like a nice then necks of any good ripper shredder guitar. It features in alder body and a maple neck which is pretty standard for most instruments. You also get 24 fret switch allows you to really soul up in the high fret register. And my most favorite thing about this guitar is it it features a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker and a 59 humbucker in the neck. This is the most classic rock pickup combination that you can find in any guitar. This is pretty standard and most guys guitar instruments you play hard rock and metal.

UTILIZATION

Body: Alder

Neck: Neck-Thru-Body Quarter-sawn Maple

Neck Dimensions: 3rd Fret: .790 inch, 12th Fret: .850 inch

Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Tuners

Fingerboard: Ebony

Number of Frets: 24 Jumbo Frets

Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Humbucking Pickup

Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan '59 SH1N Humbucking Pickup

Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone

Bridge: Floyd Rose Original Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo

Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
- Position 3. Neck Pickup

Hardware: Black (Chrome on Transparent Colors)

Strings: NPS, Extra Light (.009 to .042)

Case: Includes Deluxe Molded Case

Scale Length: 25.5 inches

SOUNDS


I love the tone of this guitar primarily because it has an alder body to maple neck with my two favorite pick ups installed. You can get some ripping tones with this guitar and couple that with a nice Floyd Rose tremolo system which makes this a great shredding guitar. The orange colors not my favorite but hey this is a great guitar if you can find it. The neck is very slim and tapered down and then pointed headstock is essential for someone who likes to shred.

OVERALL OPINION


You can find guitars right around $2000 which is a great price for an American made Jackson guitar. This is a nice guitar and a guitar that is pretty much set up right out-of-the-box. I has a great feel and a great neck and overall it's a perfect guitar for shredder or hard rock player.
Hatsubai09/23/2011

Hatsubai's review"HH version of the SL1"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
The Jackson SL2 is the "other" version of the flagship models that Jackson has offered for years upon years. The guitar was constructed in the 80s to serve those who wanted absolute performance out of their guitars. This guitar features a strat style alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard with sharkfin inlays, original Floyd Rose, HH configuration, a volume knob, a tone knob and a 3 way switch.

UTILIZATION

The neck-thru design that Jackson used on this guitar is wonderful. There are absolutely no issues at all with getting to the higher frets. Those of you who had issues with the Dinky DK1 will probably be looking into either this or the SL1. The really cool thing about this is that it has a compound radius. That means that chording on the lower register is much easier to do, and big bends on the higher register won't fret out like they would on a normal radius. The fretwork on this guitar is usually really good, too.

SOUNDS

This guitar isn't quite as versatile as the original SL1, but it's still a great guitar. The JB in the bridge gives it this awesome sound that works for nearly any style of music you throw at it. Most people associate it with rock, but it can do metal and even jazz fusion without much of a problem. The '59 in the neck is my "go to" Duncan pickup, and it is absolutely wonderful. It has a nice bite to it, but it also has some warmth to where it handles fat lead lines with ease.

OVERALL OPINION

If you wanted a Soloist with an HH configuration, this is probably the guitar you'll be looking at getting. It is a very nicely constructed guitar that really delivers. One problem I'm having lately with Jackson is that these guitars are somewhat expensive, so you might want to look on the used market for one of these.
tjon90108/16/2011

tjon901's review"Jackson Soloist in a custom finish. "

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
This is one of the special finish soloists Jackson puts out every once and a while. The Jackson Custom shop has a lot of contracted painters that are always putting out cool new finishes on their guitars. This is one of the simpler ones but it is still something different than the typical black and red you get on most guitars. Otherwise the specs on this guitar are pretty regular for a Soloist SL2H. The guitar has an alder body with a neck through maple neck. The neck on a soloist is something special. The neck is wide and flat with a compound radius. 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. The guitar has 24 frets on a rosewood fretboard. The pickups are two Seymour Duncans. There is a master volume and master tone with a 5 way blade.

UTILIZATION

This guitar is buitl to play fast. The neck-through design is a feature I love and wish more guitar makers would use. The wood for the neck goes all the way through the body and the top and bottom of the body are glued to the side of the neck piece. With this construction there is virtually no neck joint which makes playing up at even the highest frets as easy as playing at the middle of the neck. Not only does this construction let you not have a bulky neck joint it also increases sustain as the pickups are mounted directly to the same piece of wood as the neck. The compound radius makes playing all over the neck comfortable and the ebony fretboard feels good under your fingers. The original Floyd Rose is the original double locking tremolo system and its still the best. When properly setup this system will never go out of tune. The superstrat shape is naturally light and gives great upper fret access.

SOUNDS

With Seymour Duncan pickups these guitars can do just about every style of music and not just metal styles. The JB in the bridge is the benchmark for a good bridge pickup. The JB is like a hot rodded PAF with a more punch. The low end is tight and does great for metal but the pickup overall is lose enough to do classic rock and it even gives a great blues tone. The 59 in the neck is super smooth and is like an original PAF. It has a super smooth tone which is what you want for lead solos on the neck position. It can get a great blues tone as well. It can get a bit muddy if you are playing with a lot of gain. If it is too muddy the Jazz is very similar but with a slightly tighter sound.

OVERALL OPINION

Jacksons are some of the last true shred guitars that have been made continually since the 80s. Their designs have changed very little and this is because there is nothing really to change. These models are made in America and have great fit and finish. If you are looking for a nice Soloist but want it to have a unique color this is one of the options you have.
Hatsubai04/27/2011

Hatsubai's review"HH version of the SL1"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
The Jackson SL2 is the "other" version of the flagship models that Jackson has offered for years upon years. The guitar was constructed in the 80s to serve those who wanted absolute performance out of their guitars. This guitar features a strat style alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard with sharkfin inlays, original Floyd Rose, HH configuration, a volume knob, a tone knob and a 3 way switch.

UTILIZATION

The neck-thru design that Jackson used on this guitar is wonderful. There are absolutely no issues at all with getting to the higher frets. Those of you who had issues with the Dinky DK1 will probably be looking into either this or the SL1. The really cool thing about this is that it has a compound radius. That means that chording on the lower register is much easier to do, and big bends on the higher register won't fret out like they would on a normal radius. The fretwork on this guitar is usually really good, too.

SOUNDS

This guitar isn't quite as versatile as the original SL1, but it's still a great guitar. The JB in the bridge gives it this awesome sound that works for nearly any style of music you throw at it. Most people associate it with rock, but it can do metal and even jazz fusion without much of a problem. The '59 in the neck is my "go to" Duncan pickup, and it is absolutely wonderful. It has a nice bite to it, but it also has some warmth to where it handles fat lead lines with ease.

OVERALL OPINION

If you wanted a Soloist with an HH configuration, this is probably the guitar you'll be looking at getting. It is a very nicely constructed guitar that really delivers. One problem I'm having lately with Jackson is that these guitars are somewhat expensive, so you might want to look on the used market for one of these.
MGR/your name here10/30/2002

MGR/your name here's review"Jackson Soloist SL2H"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
I bought this guitar from a credit freeze at Ross Musice in RI. The price was $1698.

This guitar is perfect. It plays very easily quickly. The neck is smooth and you can slide up and down like nothing. The pickups are seymour duncans and give a very strong tone good for heavy metal and speed picking. Most of all the finish body and size are what i like most.

I'm hard pressed to find anything wrong with this. Maybe if it was about $500 cheaper i wouldnt regret buying it. Or if you could do drop d tuning without knocking the rest of the guitar out of tune.

There isnt a flaw with the design hardware of sound of the guitar. I've had it for about a month and the tuning hasnt slipped more than a quarter of a step in a week.

If your ready to go out and spend money on a guitar this is what to get. You'll never need a new one in our life.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Topher Brown07/01/2002

MGR/Topher Brown's review"Jackson SL-2H"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
I paid $1200 for this guitar one year ago. I got it at the Guitar Center in Seven Corners, Virginia. Since then, I have practiced for hours every day on it, used it for numerous live shows and recording sessions, and traveled with it every few weeks. I got it because it is the ultimate Jackson, and the best possible metal guitar for the money.

I like the fact that this instrument is totally specialized for metal. The bound ebony fretboard in particular is wonderful - it feels ultra-smooth, and the compound radius makes you significantly faster immediately. I was considering buying an SL-3, which would have come with a rosewood fretboard for a few hundred dollars less, but I definitely recommend spending the extra money. The stock Seymour Duncan pickups have great crunch and good clean tone. The Floyd Rose was perfectly balanced and set up from the factory. The finish is superb, and the thru neck feels wonderful. The instrument sustains almost indefinitely.

I have found Jacksons rather difficult to clean, because they have lots of corners to reach into. Also, there are times when I wish the guitar had a more versatile sound. When playing metal, which is what I do 95% of the time, it is the most amazing guitar imaginable. With playing clean blues or jazz, which I do every once in a while, its tone sounds somewhat thin. This is just due to its degree of specialization - I don't really consider it a disadvantage, because if it were more versatile it wouldn't be so great at metal.

Of course, there are major advantages and disadvantages to a Floyd Rose, but I assume that if one is considering this guitar one has already made up one's mind about them.

The construction and quality is impecable. I have used it constantly for a year under widely varying conditions, and nothing has broken or come loose. The screws are all still tight, the finish still glossy, and the tone pots free from any sort of crackling.

If you appreciate fine metal instruments, you'll know this is the perfect guitar as soon as you pick it up. It feels instantly comfortable and you will feel like a true hard rock sophisticate playing it. If you have any questions that I didn't answer, I'd be happy to help you by email - mine is spiral811@hotmail.com

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
james alex12/10/2012

james alex's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" SUPER!"

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
It's a great guitar made in the USA, with a floyd rose and seymour duncan. 24 cases.

UTILIZATION

Handle super fast and very pleasant.
It is not heavy.
Access to acute very simple.

SOUNDS

It is perfect in everything that touches the Rock and Metal.
be a little fat, but also crystalline.
I play on a Hughes and Kettner attax 100 round head with reverb and a 4x12.

OVERALL OPINION

I play for 3 years.
It is quite expensive but worth it.
I would do this without NIOHC problem.
Snouffy09/24/2006

Snouffy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
Student-Jackson SL2H the 1999 US model! Super rare! View not found!
Same design as the others except that there, the ebony fingerboard and benchmarks "shark teeth" are replaced by a touch points Rosewood and pearly.
-The neck has 21 frets, the pickups are Seymour Duncan SH1 in the neck and TB4 at the bridge.
-The bridge is an original chrome Floyd.
-2 Knobs, one for volume and one for tone.
- Channel crossing.

UTILIZATION

-The handle is a pure wonder! I tested a lot of scratches since I started in 1993 and I must admit that Jackson is the best for me.
-The access to the latest cargo is no problem, it's all good!
Level-ergonomics no complaints either, it really takes his foot to play with! Especially since the scraper is super well balanced! I love the shape of the head!
-Electronics is excellent, not a sound comes unsightly spoil the party, it's all good.

SOUNDS

Zik level I'm pretty plugged Rock, blues, jazz, metal Speed ​​metal show.
The sound is excellent for all these styles I find, though the blues and jazz I prefer a Start or a Telecaster.
But for the metal and Rock on Reach nirvana really is simply the supreme Panard! Personally I tried for the first time a Jackson SL1 years ago, I played at the beginning or in fact and I must admit I had no other scratches only left an indelible as his level! Quite simply, since that day I always dreamed of owning a US Jackson! I still preferred the SL1 SL2h because I find the sound larger and richer tone fantastic!
Attention on the other hand! Do not be fooled. If Jackson US are formidable, the Japanese models do not sound as good, but then not at all!

The clean sound is very good is well defined but not "slamming". Finally I will not dwell on this because I have tried it on my Marshall VS100 so I'm not really objective.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 4 months and I am satisfied. The violin is really excellent, the tuning never moves even heavy use of vibrato.
It really is an excellent material.
The only thing that would have been nice standard would have been able to double the spliter single coils a little to increase the range of sounds but hey, it is always possible to do so am even changing the knobs and rewire the pickups.

If I had to redo the choice is clear that I use exactly the same! It really is the best in everything I have tried before!
If you like rock music and its derivatives, you should definitely try one, I know it's hard to find a store where they have and especially where they will allow you to try this type of scratching, but frankly, worth the trip !
For me the best instrument in its class. Much better than ESP same price for example!
lagrelle09/18/2006

lagrelle's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson USA SL2H Soloist
Guitar Jackson SL-2H manufactured in 2001, so pre-Fender era, which means:

Body-Poplar
-Neck-maple, ebony fingerboard 24 frets, pearl inlay.
-2 Duncan TB4 humbuckers and SH-1 with 3-position selector.
Pink Floyd-original black, like the rest of the hardware.

Mine has the finish very rare "Eerie Swril dess", in the light is beautiful.

UTILIZATION

The handle is relatively flat, it's a highway. The fact that it facilitates access to driver treble.
In terms of ergonomics and weight, I've never seen better is the comfort.

SOUNDS

A blank guitar sound has a rather dark, less bright than the SL-1 2005 that I had before. So we feel that the sound is more compressed, less acute.
In his clear, the impression is confirmed: the sounds are okay. The lack of simple things like the SL-1 and split in doubles gives a range of possibilities reduced, is obtained either crystalline or sounds real personality.
Distortion in full, then there is the most monstrous slap I received from my life as a musician. Nothing to do with my SL-1: Although it had a precise and very good attack, but this one crosses an additional remedy. We keep the same clean attack, the same clean, but with its less showy and more dense. It is clear that my Mesa Boogie rack is for something, but Duncan TB-4 usually fairly drooling on my MusicMan Silhouette, and correct the SL-1 is transformed: it's hard and properly.
I put 9, even if the distortion is phenomenal: the clean sounds are less convincing, and versatility of the pickups is not what has been done better on this kind of high-end guitar. I think a change of pickups and adding a split to this guitar could be worth full marks.

OVERALL OPINION

The only complaints to make to this guitar sounds so clear concern (although it is not designed for that), versatility questionable, and a handle a bit too flat.
The rest is the ultimate scratching the metal, yet between Lag, Gibson, Vigier Excalibur, Jackson SL-1, ESP, Musicman and others I've tested scratch and as you see that shit .
The SL-2 emerged victorious without a doubt, both the sound of the look (my God, my God). A € 1300 for this quality and finish so rare, a great OCCAZ '.
If I loose € 10 000 for me to buy it I think I let go but if not no way, this guitar is a killer that confirms my feeling that the old US are much better than the new post 2002, since the purchase by Fender .

After some will moan that poplar wood is a "crate of supermarket". No matter, whether newbies or luthiers, they can say what they want, this guitar is just terrible.