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JEFF LOOMIS partners with JACKSON for new signature guitar

10-03-2022

Jackson today launches the Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Soloist SL7, the latest inception of their partnership with prolific veteran metal guitarist Jeff LoomisJackson and Loomis first collaborated in 2020 to create Loomis’s Pro Series Signature Kelly, an aggressive signature axe featuring a basswood body with a sandblasted ash top, finished in black with white binding giving a distressed and menacing look. This time around, the pair created a seven-string Soloist built to handle the prog metal giant’s furious, intricate playing that afforded him fame with NEVERMORE and ARCH ENEMY. The Soloist SL7 will captivate players who strive to emulate the heavy low-end sound and complex arrangements Loomis built his career on.

Jackson meets the demands of the guitarist who always wants more: faster picking, higher-powered leads and increasingly technical solos. Loomis’s loyal fanbase can vouch he has built his decades-long career with a similar philosophy in mind. The melodic-yet-aggressive style he has honed since his first release in 1995 has shaped prog, death and thrash metal. Fans have watched him push the genre forward over the decades as he expanded and refined his style, from his solo projects to his time as a member of ARCH ENEMY. The Soloist SL7 is the product of that same desire shared by both Jackson and Loomis: always exceeding expectations.

“Working with Jackson has been absolutely amazing,” said Loomis. “I couldn’t be happier. Being able to work one on one with the legendary Mike Shannon — Jackson’s principal master builder — on the overall shape and dimension of the neck was incredible. We were able to really hone in on every little fine detail, down to the glow-in-the dark fret markers for playing on dark stages. But this isn’t an overelaborate guitar: we stripped down the controls to make pickup changes dead easy. There’s only one volume knob and you’re going to leave that on 10 anyways. This is a beautiful, aggressive guitar that I love and I know Jackson fans will too.”

The signature model is built to reflect Loomis’s deep knowledge of what makes a guitar perfect for playing metal. His decades of experience taught him that the 26.5″ scale length he chose is ideal for perfect intonation across the fretboard of a seven-string. The through-body, graphite-reinforced neck with 12″-16″ compound radius bound ebony fingerboard makes for light and dextrous playing. The Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts pickups will cut right through any mix and a Floyd Rose 1500 Series double-locking bridge system will handle even the most aggressive bar techniques. Luminlay side dots on the neck allow for playing in the darkest venues and the satin-black, sandblasted top of Loomis Signature Soloist gives it a look that leaps off the stage.

“We collectively conceptualized and then delivered for Jeff a guitar that matches who he is as a player: technical prowess meets brute force,” said Jon Romanowski, VP category management, Jackson. “After the success of his first Jackson Kelly, we knew we needed to work with Jeff on a seven-string to accommodate the full range of his work. We loved the process of working with Jeff to make a guitar that matches this ethos. Not every guitar can handle what Jeff and those inspired by him have in mind. Meeting his standards was a fantastic challenge. We can’t wait to hear what he and his fans will create with his Signature Soloist SL7.”

The Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Soloist SL7 originated in conjunction with Jackson’s world-class design and production teams to capture the iconic artist’s signature sounds. Watch as he breaks down the specs and shows off his new signature in a video below.

For technical specs, additional information on new Jackson products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.jacksonguitars.com.

FEATURES
  • 26.5”-scale, 7-string guitar
  • Basswood body with sandblasted ash top
  • Through-body three-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement and satin color matched back finish
  • 12”-16” compound radius bound ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, pearloid sharkfin inlays and Luminlay® side dots
  • Heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel
  • Active Seymour Duncan® Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts® bridge and neck humbucking pickups
  • Three-position pickup toggle switch and single volume control
  • Floyd Rose® 1500 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system
  • Jackson sealed die-cast tuners and Dunlop® dual-locking strap buttons
  • Available in Satin Black with white binding, matching Jackson pointed 7-in-line headstock and black hardware
BODY
  • BODY MATERIAL
    Basswood
  • BODY FINISH
    Satin
  • BODY SHAPE
    Soloist™
  • BODY BINDING
    White
NECK
  • NUMBER OF STRINGS
    7
  • NECK MATERIAL
    3-Piece Maple
  • NECK CONSTRUCTION
    Neck-Through Body with Graphite Reinforcement
  • NECK BINDING
    White
  • NECK FINISH
    Satin Color Matched
  • SCALE LENGTH
    26.5″ (673 mm)
  • FINGERBOARD MATERIAL
    Ebony
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS
    12″-16″ Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • NUMBER OF FRETS
    24
  • FRET SIZE
    Jumbo
  • NUT MATERIAL
    Floyd Rose® 1500 Series Locking
  • NUT WIDTH
    1.875″ (47.6 mm)
  • POSITION INLAYS
    Pearloid Sharkfin
  • SIDE DOTS
    Luminlay®
  • TRUSS ROD NUT
    Heel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
ELECTRONICS
  • BRIDGE PICKUP
    Seymour Duncan® Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts®
  • NECK PICKUP
    Seymour Duncan® Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts®
  • CONTROLS
    Volume
  • SWITCHING
    3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • CONFIGURATION
    HH
  • SPECIAL ELECTRONICS
    Active Electronics
HARDWARE
  • BRIDGE
    Floyd Rose® 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo
  • HARDWARE FINISH
    Black
  • TUNING MACHINES
    Jackson® Sealed Die-Cast
  • CONTROL KNOBS
    Dome-Style
  • SWITCH TIP
    Black

ABOUT JACKSON GUITARS:
Jackson began back in the late 1970s, when heavy music experienced a flamboyant and virtuosicresurgence in popularity and a small Southern California guitar repair shop became the epicenter of a new level of shred-approved excellence. Ever since then, Jackson guitars have been universally lauded as the metal guitars; the shred machines— highly original high-performance instruments of distinctive style and formidable substance. From metal’s chart- topping peaks to its darkest recesses, for discerning guitarists all over the globe, Jackson is the only way to go.

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