Jackson SL2 Pro Series Soloist - Metallic Black

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Nato Body, Maple Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Floyd Rose Tremolo - Metallic Black
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Oil-finished Neck w/Fast Compound-radius Fingerboard

Stunning looks, unbelievable playability, and killer tone - the Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 solidbody electric guitar has it all! Get your hand on the Pro Soloist SL2's comfortable oil-finished maple neck, with its lightning-fast compound-radius fingerboard, and you'll have a difficult time putting this axe down. A pair of Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem pickups imbues your amp with bucketloads of hot-rodded tone. A Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo equips the Pro Soloist SL2 for serious dive-bombing. Topped off with eye-catching smoked chrome hardware, the Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 is a pro-level solidbody electric guitar!

Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Neck-through design for monumental sustain
  • Optimized fingerboard provides comfort and serious speed
  • Genuine Floyd Rose tremolo for insane dive-bombing
Neck-through design for monumental sustain

The Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 owes its great tone and sustain in part to something you won't even notice at first glance: a neck-through-body design. The 1-piece through-body maple neck doesn't just join the body - it's actually part of the body! This configuration contributes to sustain in a big way, since the entire guitar is structurally integrated with the pickups, bridge, and tailpiece affixed to the actual neck.

Optimized fingerboard provides comfort and serious speed

At Sweetwater, we've played a lot of guitars, so we can attest - the Jackson Pro Soloist SL2's ebony fingerboard is one of the fastest, thanks to its 12"-16" compound-radius. The radiused fingerboard makes chords easier to form close to the nut and is flatter up the neck for faster lead lines. Down low, your fretting hand will appreciate the 12" radius that keeps things nice and comfortable for natural, relaxed chord work. Up top, a 16" radius lays it all out flat for effortless, low-action, high-speed runs with monumental string bends without fretting out. In other words, it's effortless to switch between rhythm and lead playing on the Pro Soloist SL2.

Genuine Floyd Rose tremolo for insane dive-bombing

In typical Jackson fashion, this incredible guitar was built with nothing but quality hardware onboard. That's why they gave the Pro Soloist SL2 guitar a Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 double-locking tremolo tailpiece. The recessed Floyd Rose tremolo tailpiece gives you the real feel of an original Floyd Rose, adding to the Pro Soloist SL2's amazingly responsive feel.

Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Solidbody electric guitar loaded with pro-level features
  • Dual Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem humbuckers deliver incredible output and hot-rodded tone
  • Oil-finished maple neck for smooth, effortless transitioning
  • 12"-16" compound-radius fingerboard yields ultra-fast playability
  • Smoked chrome hardware for an attractive appearance
  • Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo for twisting, bending, and dive-bombing
Rock the stage with the Jackson Pro Soloist SL2 solidbody electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape SL2
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Nato
Body Finish Gloss
Color Metallic Black
Neck Material Maple, neck-thru body
Neck Shape Speed neck
Radius Compound 12"-16"
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Alumiloid Piranha inlays
Number of Frets 24, Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Floyd R3 locking
Bridge/Tailpiece Recessed Floyd Rose FRT-02000 double-locking tremolo
Tuners Sealed die-cast
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem humbucker
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch
Strings NPS (9-42)
Manufacturer Part Number 2914222554

Customer Reviews

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Staggering quality, excellent!

Amazing instrument, highest quality that I have seen.The neck is perfect for anything from Jazz to Metal, leads or rhythms, it even fairs very well with classical fingerpicking. Neck-thru Maple with graphite reinforcement rods, streak-less Ebony fingerboard... Truly amazing feel.Metallic Black version has Nato wood body wings, I believe this is Asian Mahogany. The bridge is hands down the smoothest floating system, trem-bar moves with miniscule effort and is very articulate. Even with all it's awesomeness though, I replaced it with a GraphTech Ghost Floyd Rose for use with a Roland GR-55, due to my specific needs. Pickups are so/so, I replaced them with EMG 57/66 actives for a massive difference.The control cavity is very spacious btw, I have installed the EMG controls (solderless style) and a 9v, also a GraphTech Hexpander module, 1 potentiometer, 2 3-way mini toggles, and a 13 pin connector next to the 1/4" output jack. And there is still just enough room to add GraphTech's Acoustiphonic module and a concentric potentiometer. Anything more than this would require routing out & installing a battery box.Always a pleasure dealing with Sweetwater, 55 point inspection as well as other perks like personal reps assigned to you (thanks Dave!), made my custom/special order as easy as possible. If only the vendors were as awesome as Sweetwater!!


Out of the box, it's sleek and solid. Well made. It arrived on a very hot day and it was in tune. It took me a while to make up my mind on the color and wood options. I think I have chosen well. The metallic black looks nice and serious, as black guitars tend to. Without light shining on the finish, the metal flake fades into the black. The light makes it visible. As for Nato wood, this is my first experience with it, but I believe it's a mahogany variation. Between the Nato wood, Duncan Mayhem pickups, maple neck & ebony fingerboard, when I play it, I place the sound between a Gibson Flying V and a Fender Strat with aggressive pickups. Mid to bright in a pleasant way.I am not a new Metal player. I use Tube amps and amp distortion with influences like Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore,Jimmy Page etc and I morph that through the 80s and 90s type guitar sounds and the SL2 is right at home there.The Soloist makes me work a little harder than my trusty old Gibson Les Paul Standard that I bought new 25 years ago does, even now that I have lowered the Soloist action a few times, but I can see that I will be very comfortable on the SL2 in a very short time.. The Soloist action was pretty high out of the box and while that has it's advantages and while action is a personal preference, I like the strings very low so as to not exhaust my fingers after a half hour .... and lower action allows me to more easily play as people expect someone with a guitar named Soloist to play. Low action just above the frets is the way to go. I ain't looking for a fight!The Floyd Rose system is as great as it ever was. Just a great invention. After adjusting the action a few times and finding my comfort zone, I played the Soloist SL2 for about a half hour and then recorded some lead guitar on an instrumental that I have been recording with my Les Paul.Comparing the two on playbacks, the Les Paul has a slightly more full sound, character and girth while the Soloist has a bit more clarity on sweeps and on fast picking. Hammer-ons are easier on the Les Paul. Tapping is about equal on each. If I had to pick just one, it would be my Les Paul, but I paid more for it 25 years ago than this Soloist costs now and there is just something about a Les Paul ..... but the Soloist is a definite contender ... and a lighter one at that.OK .. so what else ... well the high notes really sing on the soloist. The large frets seem to be part of that. The SL2 stays in tune very well too.I definitely enjoy playing the Soloist and it can easily be used in pro circles as it is. I think that most buyers would prefer to have the action / strings brought closer to the frets though. The Allen wrenches are included with the guitar and you only need one of them to adjust the 2 set bolts lower by turning them clockwise until you are happy. There are a bunch of youtube videos showing how it's done or a local guitar tech could do it ... or you could ask Sweetwater to have it made low before it is shipped. It literally takes 20 or 30 seconds.Bottom line? Very cool guitar worthy of the cost. A rock and roll machine.For the usual attention to detail and the 55 point check up team and to Paul Rowan for his patience and assistance, I have to say thanks AGAIN for making this another very positive experience, especially since it was a guitar this time and I have never chanced buying a specific guitar that I haven't personally played before, but in my experience, Sweetwater will never you down and they came through again.As always, I'll be back.Thank you very much!
Music background: Decades of live & studio guitar. Can't Stop.
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