“Designed to suit the modern player’s need to blur genre lines and push sonic boundaries”: Jackson’s American Series Virtuoso is taking metal guitars to the mainstream

Jackson American Series Virtuoso
(Image credit: Jackson)

Jackson’s American Series launched last year, aiming to offer players the chance to buy a US-made workhorse without the Custom Shop price tag. Until today, it’s been limited to just one model, the American Series Soloist SL-3. Now the firm has lifted the lid on its latest design: the Virtuoso.

The announcement is bigger than you might think. Not only has it expanded its US production line, but Jackson has clearly tweaked its M.O. – setting its sights on creating a do-it-all guitar that might have a life outside of metal, too. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.