Summer NAMM 2019: Jackson Adds New Pro Series, X Series and JS Series Guitars

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Summer NAMM 2019: Jackson has expanded the options available on models in its Pro Series, X Series and JS Series lines, offering up new finishes, quilt top options and fingerboards to a variety of guitars.

The Pro Soloist SL2P MAH is now available in a new Carmel Burl finish with matching headstock. The guitar features a mahogany body with a poplar burl top, a through-body maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fingerboard. There’s also Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo.

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Additionally, the X Series Soloist SL3X is now offered in a new Neon Yellow finish. Other features on the guitar include a poplar body, maple neck and compound radius bound laurel fingerboard. Pickups are Duncan Designed HR-101 Hot Rails single-coils in the middle and neck positions and an HB-103B humbucker at the bridge. There’s also a recessed Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo.

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In the bass department, the JS Series Spectra Bass, which boasts an offset poplar body, now features new quilt maple top options.

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Finally, Jackson has updated its JS Minions range, which the company touts as “pint-sized metal machines that pack a tonal wallop.”

The Dinky Minion JS1X boasts a new Metallic Blue Burst finish with an amaranth fingerboard, while the Dinky Minion JS1XM and RR Minion JS1XM are offered in a fresh Snow White finish with a maple fingerboard. 

All models sport a 22.5” scale length with a poplar body, bolt-on maple neck and a 12” radius fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and sharkfin inlays. There’s also a pair of Jackson high-output humbuckers, a rear-angled Jackson pointed 6-in-line headstock and a sculpted heel for easy upper fret access.

For more information, head over to Jackson Guitars.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.