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History of the Jackson Soloist Electric Guitar

Jun 26, 2008
The Jackson Soloist is an electric guitar that is produced by Jackson Guitars. Production officially began in 1984, although earlier prototypes were made available in the early eighties.

The Jackson Soloist started as a small project while Jackson's founder (Grover Jackson) was working at the Charvel Guitar Company. During this time, prototypes were available to select customers and were simply custom guitars with no specific design which shared similarities to each other.

1984 saw the first Soloist rolled off the factory line with J0158 as its serial number. These factory produced Jackson Soloists had a core, basic design to which customers could order particular changes to or add certain features.

Originally there were two types of Jackson Soloist electric guitars. The "Student" model featured dot inlays and rosewood fretboards. The "Custom" model had the well known Jackson shark fin inlays and ebony boards.

Early models included features such as set necks, Stratocaster-shaped bodies, Explorer style headstocks, and often Charvel appointments like vintage tremolos. Oftentimes, a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo bridge, as well as premium woods made the Soloist a recognized high-end guitar. The Soloist was extensively commended in both rock and metal music, particularly by lead guitarists.

Customers were offered any option in designing their very own Soloist. Having custom made features means that there are many examples of Soloist which have other design traits than outlined above. Often, such alternate features included different fretboards or binding on the Student model.

So successful was the Soloist, other guitar companies such as Gibson, Martin and Fender have produced copies of it. The Soloist's innovative designs prepped the electric guitar market for new models that ultimately became more well-known than the Soloist. For example, the ESP M and Ibanez RG series.

Using the Fender shape and pairing it with Gibson frets, neck and electronics made the Soloist guitar a radically different and innovative design from the '80s. Despite the way it influenced future guitars with its combination of old and new design features, it is still under appreciated to what it achieved.
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