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Saturday, January 11, 2014

REVIEW: JACKSON SLATFXQMG 3-8


Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we're going to talk about a guitar I had the chance to play in the last few weeks, the Jackson Soloist SLAT FX QMG 3-8.
The guitar is an 8 string one and this sets it on a quite narrow niche, since the eight string (a low F#) is used today only in certain genres of metal (especially Djent metal), and by some avantgarde jazz and classical guitarist.
The 24 fret neck is obviously wider than a seven string guitar one, but it is quite easy to play once you've accustomed to it; 
the rosewood fingerboard is very smooth and pleasant to touch, and there is a binding around it. 
The inlays are Piranha tooth (small shark fin), and the scale is obviously baritone (26,5") with a radius of 16", therefore very flat.




The body is a rather light mahogany with arched quilted top, in a beautiful green transparent finish; the bridge is a Jackson one "hipshot style", and the pickups are two Emg 808, which are very similar to an Emg 85. 
The sound is very fat, full of lows (due also to the thick string gauge required), and there is the need to brighten the sound with boosters and equalizers, but once you find the right compromise to make the sound more clear the guitar becomes very playable, and after a while you don't even notice the particularity of having 8 strings.


Tech Specs taken from the Jackson website:

Body: Mahogany with Arched Quilt Maple Top
Neck Shape: 3rd Fret: 0.790", 12th Fret: 0.850"
Number of Frets: 24
Fret Size: Jumbo
Position Inlays: Piranha Tooth (Small Shark Fin)
Fretboard Radius: 16" (406.4 mm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: 3-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement
Nut Width: 2.12" (53.85 mm)
Scale Length: 26.5" (673 mm)
Pickup Configuration: HH
Bridge Pickup: EMG® 808 Humbucking
Neck Pickup: EMG® 808 Humbucking
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Bridge: Jackson® HT8 8-String Hardtail with Strings-Through-Body


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