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Jackson And Jeff Loomis Unleash Metal Mayhem With Third Signature Model

Jackson launches the Limited Edition Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly HT6, the latest collaboration between Modern Metal legend Jeff Loomis and the iconic heavy metal guitar brand. Loomis’s relationship with Jackson brand has spanned over two decades and reached an exciting milestone in 2020 with the release of his signature Kelly and followed up two years later by the release of a robust signature seven-string Soloist.

Now, Loomis returns with another onslaught to the metal community with another prized machine, enthralling both Loomis fans and players searching for a modernized take on the Kelly shape alike.

Jackson caters to the guitarist who is in pursuit of greater speed, power, and accuracy in their playing. This pursuit of excellence in performance has been at the core of Jackson’s philosophy since its inception. In a parallel journey that spans back to 1995, Jeff Loomis has been a prominent figure on the world’s stages, consistently embodying this very sentiment.

His distinctive, exacting and technically-driven playing style has left an indelible mark on various subgenera of metal. Loomis’s musical journey has been notably marked by his presence in globally acclaimed bands like Nevermore and Arch Enemy, though which he has propelled his artistry to new heights.

Through the decades, dedicated fans have had the privilege of witnessing Loomis continuously refine his signature playing style, taking it to unprecedented levels. His commitment to pushing the boundaries of the metal genre has been a source of inspiration for many and his collaboration with Jackson embodies this shared commitment to excellence and innovation in the world of metal music.

“It’s a seriously metal looking guitar,” said Jeff Loomis. “My favorite feature is the heel mount truss rod wheel. As a touring musician, it’s perfect if I need to adjust the next on the fly. The playability is truly superior and the single volume and pickup toggle switches make it simple yet effective. I’ve played Jackson’s from an early age so working with them again to create this signature model has been incredibly fulfilling. I just really love how this guitar turned out and I know fans will too.”

This new 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 25.5” scale length he chose is ideal for intricate fretboard skills and impeccable intonation. The through-body, graphite-reinforced neck with 12”-16” compound radius bound ebony fingerboard makes for a light and agile playing experience.

The Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Hipshot HardTail Bridge will handle the rigors and ravages of the road, while a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel makes for quick and painless neck relief tweaks. Luminlay side dots on the neck allow for playing on the darkest of metal stages and the black sandblasted ash top finish with white binding gives the Loomis Signature Kelly a distressed and menacing look.

“The Jackson team has delivered a guitar that perfectly encapsulates Jeff’s identity as a musician: the intersection of technical mastery and raw power,” said Jon Romanowski, Vice President of Product at Jackson. “Following the success of the last two Jeff Loomis signature models, it was clear that fans would be ecstatic to see his unique take on the Kelly model that embodies his preferences and specifications that set an industry standard.”

The Limited Edition Pro Series Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly HT6 originated in conjunction with Jackson’s world class design and production teams to capture the iconic artist’s signature sounds.

Jackson Created Custom Shop Diablo IV Special Edition Kelly Guitar

From a realm consumed by darkness, where demons lurk and heroes rise, behold an instrument with the power to shred the evil hordes – The Jackson Custom Shop Diablo IV Special Edition Kelly.

Forged within the darkest depths of Sanctuary and skillfully crafted by Master Builder Pasquale Campolattano, this Instrument embodies the chaos and fury of the underworld.

The body, hewn from the blackest obsidian, bathed in demon’s blood, and adorned with a tribute to The Daughter of Hatred herself, Lilith, exudes an aura of malevolence.

Demonic rune fingerboard inlays serve as testaments to the power coursing through your finger-tips as you delve into the depths of your darkest riffs.

Bedeviled with an EMG 81/60 combo and possessed by FU Tone Titanium Floyd Rose upgrades, this diabolical masterpiece captures the essence of hellfire itself and is sure to deliver a sonic assault that will shake the very foundations of the mortal realm.

With this wicked demon in hand, you become a force to be reckoned with, striking fear into the hearts of the underworld’s denizens and vanquishing evil with every note. Where metal meets the abyss, embrace the darkness.

With only 10 available worldwide, don’t hesitate to unleash your Inner demon and claim your place in the eternal symphony of chaos.

More Details

Inlays: Mother of Pearl Demonic Runes and Red Jasper Diablo IV at 12th Fret

Hardware: Black with Red Jasper and Recessed Floyd Rose Original Tremolo with FU Tone Titanium Upgrades

Finish: Custom Diablo IV Graphic Hand-Painted by Dan Lawrence with High Gloss Polyester Topcoat

Jackson Celebrates Collaboration With Anthrax Founder Scott Ian

Jackson today launches the X Series Signature IAN KVX King VTM, an update to the Anthrax co-founder’s signature King VTM model with added flourishes that pay homage to his close friend and inspiration – Pantera guitarist, Dimebag Darrell.

Having played Jackson guitars almost exclusively through his storied career, Ian’s unique blend of precision and high octane rhythm playing has become synonymous with the brand. Now, with the latest iteration in this ongoing partnership, guitarists everywhere can tap into the powerful sonic capabilities unique to Jackson’s line of signature instruments while celebrating the kinship between two of metal’s most legendary players.

Scott Ian and Dimebag Darrell first crossed paths when the two shared a bill together in 1986 at a club called Cardi’s in Houston, TX. The two became fast friends and it wasn’t long before they left an indelible imprint on one another as players. In 2019, Ian paid tribute to his late friend with a custom shop King VTM that he referred to as “Baldini” – the nickname Dimebag gave Ian in the 90s after years of touring and collaboration. This revamped striking King V model is more than just a nod to these two iconic players, but to the miraculous ways in which like minded musicians can powerfully impact each others craft.

The Jackson X Series Signature Scott Ian KVX King VTM is built for optimal performance above all else. Thanks to a through-body maple neck with graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets, this instrument makes quick work out of even the most dizzying licks.

A pair of Jackson high output humbucking pickups will ensure that every riff will be heard from the front row all the way to the rafters. It wouldn’t be a nod to Dimebag without a tremolo system that can handle the deepest of dive bombs and the “Baldini” does not disappoint. The centerpiece of this signature instrument is the eye-popping finish: vibrant shades of yellow and green seamlessly blend into one another across a stunningly quilted maple top.

“Taking on the ‘Baldini’ was a tall order. We were essentially working double duty to honor two of the most important players of all time,” said Jon Romanowski, VP of Category Management at Jackson. “Everything players have asked for on this revamped model is all there. From the striking finish to the Floyd Rose tremolo that Scott’s fans have been pining for for years, this instrument stands up to the task.”

Introducing the all-new X Series Signature Scott Ian KVX King V finished in a eye-popping transparent green burst – affectionately nicknamed the “Baldini Burst” inspired by his late friend Dimebag Darrell’s iconic green guitar finishes.

Jackson Introduces SL3 for Next Generation Heavy Metal Guitars

Jackson marks a long-awaited homecoming with the launch of the American Series Soloist SL3, a high performance American-made flagship electric guitar, crafted for speed and produced for the heaviest and fastest of players.

For over 40 years, Jackson’s reputation as the brand built to handle heavy music has been recognized and respected by artists around the globe. Its portfolio of guitars have been played on stages everywhere by the metal genre’s biggest titans: Randy Rhoads, Marty Friedman, Scott Ian, and more. The launch of the American Series Soloist SL3 cements Jackson’s status as a pioneer in heavy metal innovation and the go-to instruments for the new generation of shredders who have honed their craft through tireless dedication and practice.

The American Series Soloist SL3, proudly made from start to finish in Fender’s Corona, Calif. factory, is a breakthrough in high-performance guitars and above all else, is designed for speed. Starting with the classic Speed Neck profile from beloved Jackson Soloists of decades past, the profile has been suped up to include masterfully rolled edges for maximum comfort. Complementing this profile is a compound radius that starts at 12” at the nut and flattens to 16” at the 12th fret to promote screaming bends and intricate finger work as players move up the neck. Player-focused features like Luminlay side dots to illuminate the fretboard on the darkest of stages and quick access truss rod adjustment to make easy neck relief adjustments ensure the Soloist is always optimized for speed and precision.

The iconic “Concorde” six-on-a-side headstock visually represents the instrument with its razor-sharp profile. The model is laden with quality features usually found only in custom domestic builds or import models including a Floyd Rose 1500 and neck-through construction. With four eye-catching finishes – Rivera Blue, Platinum Pearl, Black Gloss, and Slime Green Satin – there’s no mistaking it for any other guitar.

The launch of the American Series Soloist SL3 represents the next phase in FMIC’s long-term investment strategy in its portfolio of wholly owned and licensed brands, which includes Jackson. With heightened resources in trade advertising, social media and elevated artist marketing, Jackson has built a campaign to reflect the significant milestone that the American Series Soloist SL3 represents: a guitar tailor made for the new generation of diverse heavy metal players.

To help tell the story of the new American-made guitars, the powerful traditions of the heavy metal genre, Jackson assembled a roster of shredding superstars who illustrate the best of the industry’s leading talent. Legends like Scott Ian of Anthrax and Misha Manor of Periphery join ranks of modern metal titans, including Le Malia of Bring Me the Horizon, Kevin Staff of A Day to Remember, Brandon Ellis of The Black Dhalia Murder and Mark Heylmun of Suicide Silence. Rounding out the roster are Japanese guitar master, Yas Nomura, educator and social media influencer Alyssa Day, and guitarist, producer, and songwriter, Vixen.

American Series Soloist SL3 ($2,499.99 – $2,599,99 USD, £2,449.00 GBP, €2,899.00 EUR, $4,499.00 – $4,699.00 AUD, ¥440,000 JPY). Equipped with all the essential attributes, the American Series Soloist SL3 leads the way in establishing a new standard in the premium high-performance category as it inspires players across the globe.