Right from the start, Jackson envisioned the concept of a sonically and stylistically lethal guitar that combined traditional double-cutaway design, supercharged modern high performance and the kind of vividly camera-ready character requisite of the new breed.
The superbly crafted embodiment of this vision, the Soloist, appeared in 1984.
With pure tone, exquisite feel and enormous versatility, the Soloist has ruled ever since as one of Jackson’s most popular, acclaimed and oft-imitated guitars ever.
For a certain kind of discerning and demanding guitarist, the Soloist remains an indispensable high-performance instrument, as elegantly formidable today as it was 30 years ago.
The reign it established in 1984 continues undiminished in 2014, as it undoubtedly will far into the future.
The quintessential high-performance shred machine of the past 30 years can be only one instrument.
The Jackson Soloist.
In the early 1980s, modern metal exploded onto a rock scene revitalized by a new generation of flamboyantly fleet-fingered guitar aces and the phenomenal rise of music television.
Jackson was born into this heady and electrifying era right at the epicenter, custom building the movement’s most prized guitars with unlimited craft, color and creativity.
New for 2014, Jackson commemorates 30 years of sonic mayhem with the 30th Anniversary Soloist.
This master-built limited-run homage to the godfather of high-performance guitars is the perfect combination of past and present, with features that evoke the Soloist’s debut year of 1984 and contemporary Jackson design elements.
Hand-built by longtime Jackson Master Builder Mike Shannon, the 30th Anniversary Soloist is armed with a poplar body and a three-piece quartersawn through-body maple neck with original-era “old skool” neck joint. Other fearsome features include ...
• Compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 frets and mother-of-pearl inlays
• EMG® SA1 active single-coil neck and middle pickups
• EMG® 81 active humbucking bridge pickup
• Three mini pickup-selector switches
• Top-mounted vintage-style “1984” Floyd Rose® bridge and more.
Available in original Gloss Black, Ivory, Ferrari Red, Pink and Yellow finishes, and includes commemorative 30th Anniversary Soloist hard-shell case.