NAMM 2019: Jackson expands Pro and X Series
Jackson keeps up the NAMM pace with a refreshed Pro and X Series. There are a few standout pieces in this offering, such as a brand-new Pro Series CD-24 that’s spec’ed with player-centric appointments, and the fearsome X Series CDX22 model that features an offset V-shape.
New Pro Series models
Pro Series CD 24
This guitar is designed for the modern guitar player. It features a mahogany body – with an offset V-shape – as well as a one-piece through-body maple neck. You’ll also find stylish pearloid ghostfin inlays atop the guitar’s 12- to 16-inch compound radius ebony fingerboard.
Tone comes by way of a very popular combination: Seymour Duncan JB humbucker at the bridge, and a Seymour Duncan ’59 humbucker at the neck. These pups can produce a range of sounds, including both heavy and smooth tones. Wrapping up its look is a recessed Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge.
Available in Gloss Black and Snow White finishes. Retails at £919.
Pro Soloist SL3 and Pro Soloist SL3Q MAH
The Pro Series Soloist SL3 in Satin Orange BlazeThe Pro Soloist SL3 is loaded with three Seymour Duncan pickups in a HSS configuration: A TB-6 Distortion pup at the bridge, a Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP pup at the middle, and a Custom Flat Strat SSL pup at the neck. The former delivers a commanding low-end, while the latter two combine to produce a glassy, powerful bite.
The Pro Series Soloist SL3Q MAH in Dark AmberThe Pro Soloist SL3Q MAH shares similar tonewoods to the model above, with the exception of a quilt maple top and white aesthetic designs.
The Pro Soloist SL3 is available in a Satin Orange Blaze finish, and retails at £959. The Pro Soloist SL3Q MAH is available in Chlorine Burst and Dark Amber finishes, and retails at £1,019.
Pro Series Soloist SL7P HT MAH
This seven-stringed beast is kitted out with features that will appeal to the modern player. It features a resonant mahogany body with a poplar burl top that’s decked out in a stunning Northern Lights finish. Additionally, the guitar’s two Seymour Duncan SH-6 7 humbuckers deliver a balanced tone packed with sterling cleans and searing distortion.
Retails at £999.
Pro Series Monarkh SCG
The Pro Series Monarkh SCG features a single-cutaway mahogany body that’s paired with an arched maple top. Its tone is derived from a Seymour Duncan JB/ ’59 combo.
Available in Gold Member finish. Retails at £759.
Updated X Series
X Series CDX22
The X Series CDX22 in Gloss BlackThis menacing-looking axe features an offset V-shape body that’s offered in sleek Gloss Black or radiant Snow White finishes. It’s loaded with two high-output Jackson humbuckers that are capable of rich tones, high gains and plenty of sustain. Completing the guitar’s look is a synchronised fulcrum tremolo bridge and a set of sealed die-cast locking tuners.
Retails at £559.
X Series Soloist SLX Crackle
The SLX Crackle in Green CrackleThis metal beast features a basswood body as well as a through-body maple neck. It also boasts two Duncan Designed humbuckers – an alnico HB-103N at the neck, and a high-output ceramic HB-103B at the bridge – that are governed by a master volume knob and a tone knob. To wrap up the look, the model is offered in two refreshed finishes: Green Crackle and Orange Crackle.
Retails at £669.
Along with the new models above, Jackson has also unveiled some new finishes and wood options for selected core models. Here are the details:
Pro Series DK2 HT Ash: Ash body, Charcoal Gray finish
Pro Series DK2 HT MAH: Mahogany body, Natural finish
Pro Series Dinky DK2: Alder body, Rocket Red and Satin Burgundy Mist finishes
Pro DK2Q: Alder Dinky body with quilt maple top, Transparent Green Burst finish
Pro Series Soloist SL2M: Resonant mahogany body, bound maple fingerboard, Metallic Red finish
Pro SL2Q MAH: Quilt maple top, ebony fingerboard, Caribbean Blue Fade, Desert Sunset Sky and Winterstorm finishes
X Series Rhoads RRX24: Poplar body, Red with Black Bevels finish
X Series Soloist SL4X: Snow White finish
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The Pro Series Dinky DK2 HT Ash in Charcoal Gray
The Pro Series Dinky DK2 HT MAH in Natural
The Pro DK2 in Rocket Red
The Pro Series Dinky DK2Q in Transparent Green Burst
The Pro Series Soloist SL2M in Metallic Red
The Pro Series Soloist SL2Q MAH in Desert Sunset Sky
The X Series Rhoads RRX24 in Red With Black
The X Series Soloist SL4X in Snow White
The Pro Series DK2 HT Ash, DK2 HT MAH, and Dinky DK2 retail at £829 each. The Pro Series DK2Q, Soloist SL2M, and SL2Q MAH retail at £879, £919, and £979, respectively. The X Series Rhoads RRX24 and Soloist SL4X retail at £739 and £609, respectively.
More information at jacksonguitars.com.
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