REVIEW: Jackson SLAT3-7 Electric Guitar

Shredders Paradise: The Jackson SLAT3-7 String Electric Guitar!

Jackson Guitars, originally owned and operated by Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. It started with the creation of The Concorde, later known as the Rhoads V, which was originally designed and used by guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Off the Rack

Right from the get-go, this guitar was on fire! A 7-string Jackson guitar was just what I’d been waiting for. Jackson’s are exceptionally built guitars in nearly every way. Like most Jackson guitars, my main focus was directed at the flat fretboard, which makes soloing and chord changing fast and comfortable. The Jackson SLAT3-7 has great tone that gets as heavy as they come. The EMG pickups are powerful and crisp, giving everything a young metal-head both wants and needs. I found nothing wrong with this guitar. It’s well worth the price, and will last you through any gig you can throw its way.

The Low Down

The SLAT3-7 Soloist is the first seven-string neck-through-body Jackson production model. This beast includes an arch top alder body (flamed maple veneer on trans finishes), maple neck, 24-fret compound-radius rosewood fingerboard, EMG 81-7 active humbucking (bridge) and 707 active humbucking (neck) pickups, Floyd Rose double- locking tremolo and black hardware.

The Specs

  • Body style: Soloist double-cutaway
  • Body species: carved alder
  • Top: flame maple veneer on trans finishes
  • Neck type: neck-thru-body
  • Scale length: 25.5″
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Radius: compound 12″ to 16″ (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
  • Scale length: 25.5″ (648mm)
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Jackson Floyd Rose locking nut
  • Nut width: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • Shark fin position inlays
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81-7 active 7-string bridge pickup
  • Neck pickup: EMG707 active 7-string neck pickup
  • Controls: master volume, master tone
  • Pickup switching: 3-position blade

The Jackson SLAT3-7 is an amazing axe. It’s comfortable, well balanced and one of the fastest necks that I’ve ever played. The pickups are aggressive and clean. The tone of this 7-string is above most other 7-strings in that the low B string is not distorted on the clean channel. The SLAT3-7 is medium in weight, meaning that you will be comfortable playing it for long periods of time. Whether you are playing through a clean or over-driven channel, this axe delivers the kind of tone that will blow your mind! I highly recommend that guitarists of all levels check out this axe.

Pros: Fast Neck, Epic Tone, 7-string Floyd Rose, EMG Pickups, 24 Frets.

Cons: N/A

MSRP – $1,199.99 – $1,374.99

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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