Jackson Adrian Smith SDXM and Pro Series Soloist SL2P MAH review

Two nicely priced electrics that cover all the bases

Jackson Adrian Smith SDXM and Pro Series Soloist SL2P MAH
(Image: © Guitar Center)

Guitar World Verdict

The Jackson Adrian Smith SDXM and Pro Series Soloist SL2P MAH are both incredible additions to Jackson’s current line that deliver outstanding value and live up to the company’s storied reputation for playability and tone.


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    SDXM has 22 jumbo frets and a slim, C-shaped profile to provide the ideal combination of tone and playability.

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    Soloist’s Seymour Duncan humbuckers (TB-6 bridge, SH-6N neck) provide rich, complex tones.


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    Not everyone wants a Floyd Rose.

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    Soloist's looks won't be for everyone.

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40 years ago, the very first guitar with the Jackson name on its headstock made its debut - a custom model designed in collaboration with Randy Rhoads called the Concorde. While the company started out as a custom shop with a clientele of artists who could afford to pay more for quality, eventually Jackson started offering production-line models in the '90s, including an affordable line of import instruments. 

Today Jackson is bigger than ever, producing 155 different models, which is probably more than the total amount of guitars the company built during an entire year during the early '80s.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.