Jackson American Series Soloist SL3 review

Jackson opens its new US production line series with an electric guitar that defines the high-performance brand

Jackson American Series Soloist SL3
(Image: © Jackson)

Guitar World Verdict

The return of a good old made-in-the-USA Jackson Soloist is a welcome development made even better by modern upgrades that provide improved playability and tonal versatility.


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    Super-fast playability.

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    Made in the USA.

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    Lots of tones from the HSS format.

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    Sensible modern upgrades.


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The very first time I saw a Jackson Soloist in a music store in the early ’80s I experienced a similar sensation to when I first encountered a Lamborghini in real life around the same time.

All of my prior notions of what a familiar object could be, whether it was an electric guitar or car, were blown away by a new standard of sexy, aggressive styling and an almost fanatical devotion to speed.

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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.