This Jackson Rob Cavestany Death Angel is just one of the new models announced today. There is also a new signature guitar for Northlane’s Josh Smith. Plus, a new Randy Rhoads RRT model. These new models follow on from the recent announcement of the American-made SL3 Soloist
This new Jackson Josh Smith SL7 ET signature 7-string for the Northlane guitarist has finally been launched today and follows on from the recent Rob Cavestany signature released on 30 November 2022.
Loaded with Bare Knuckle pickups this one should sound pretty glorious.
Josh Smith SL7 ET
Josh Smith’s Jackson SL7 ET has an alder body paired with a through-body caramelised maple neck topped with a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fretboard.
27” Scale Length
The neck features a nice long 27” scale length, perfect for low tunings. It has a set of Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side dots and is loaded with 24 jumbo frets. Plus, it has a PPS black nut and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.
All the hardware is black and includes the F7 EverTune bridge which I would imagine will help with keeping everything rock solid in terms of tuning stability. These are paired with a set of Jackson locking tuners and they also include a set of Dunlop strap locks.
It comes fitted with a set of Josh Smith’s signature Bare Knuckle Impulse pickups. These include a humbucking bridge pickup and a single-coil neck pickup. The control layout consists of a three-position pickup blade switch and two volume controls.
The guitar comes in an opinion-dividing Aquamarine finish with a matched painted headstock. I haven’t decided whether I like the colour yet, but I know some people will love it. It also ships with a Jackson foam core hardshell gig bag to keep it protected.
It is quite expensive and has a very specific design. Though there are some really nice design ideas and also great hardware on this signature model. This will make this guitar appeal to many players, especially if they need good tight low-end and extended tunings.
MSRP – USD 2699.99
Jackson Rob Cavestany Signature Death Angel
The Jackson Rob Cavestany Signature Death Angel is a thru-neck design based around a Nyatoh body and a maple neck with graphite reinforcement and a scarf joint. It comes with a rosewood 12”-16” compound radius fretboard and a set of black shark inlays, plus 24 jumbo frets.
Originally, Cavestany sketched out his vision for an extreme guitar shape on a napkin. Then back in 1989, that sketch became a real instrument with a custom-built Jackson guitar that he has played ever since.
It is finished in a Satin Black with all-black hardware, plus a black neck and headstock binding and black pointed 6-in-line headstock embossed with a black nickel Jackson logo.
This signature model comes equipped with a pair of active EMG pickups. These include an EMG 81 in the bridge position and the HA model in the neck position. They have a single volume control and a three-way toggle switch, so everything is super simple and ready to rock.
The guitar comes fitted with a top-mounted Floyd Rose Special locking bridge system and there is a set of Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side dots.
Rob is known for playing Jackson guitars pretty much his whole career and this model looks pretty much exactly what you would expect to see him with when he is playing in Death Angel. It practically screams Thrash Metal and will be perfect for this style of fast and furious music.
MSRP – USD 1199.99 *
Pro Series Signature Josh Smith Soloist SL7 ET
Next up there is the Pro Series Signature Josh Smith Soloist SL7 ET and this model comes in an Aquamarine finish. This signature guitar comes with an EverTune 7-string bridge and is fitted out with a set of Bare Knuckle Impulse pickups. With a humbucker in the bridge position and a single coil in the neck position. These are wired using two Strat-style volume knobs and a three-position blade switch.
This model features an alder body that is paired with a graphite-reinforced through-body caramelized maple neck. It has a 12”-16” ebony compound-radius fretboard fitted with 24-frets. Hardware includes a set of Jackson locking tuners, Luminlay glow-in-the-dark side dots and a heel-mount truss rod adjustment wheel.
This model should be due out in December 2022.
MSRP – USD 2699
MJ Series Rhoads RRT
Last but not least, there is the new MJ Series Rhoads RRT and this model comes in a Snow White finish over a basswood body. The design features a through-body three-piece maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods.
This model has a 12”-16” compound-radius ebony fretboard fitted with 22 jumbo frets, Pearloid sharkfin inlays and a set of Luminlay side dots.
It is powered by a set of Seymour Duncan pickups, with the JBTM SH-4 in the bridge position and a Jazz SH-2N in the neck position. These are wired with a single volume and tone knob, via a three-position toggle switch.
Hardware includes a Graph Tech TUSQ XL nut, Jackson TOM-style adjustable bridge with an anchored V-plate tailpiece and a set of Gotoh MG-T locking tuners.
This model should be due out in November 2022.
MSRP – USD 2699
Late 2022 Releases
It would appear that Jackson is on a roll. After the news yesterday about the new SL3 Soloist, the first USA-made production model Jackson in around two decades. Now we have three new guitars to look forward to. These two new Jackson Artist Signature models, plus the new Randy Rhoads RRT model could well be worth the wait though.
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- 27” scale length: Jackson
- EverTune bridge: Jackson
- Through-body design: Jackson
- Pro Series Signature Rob Cavestany Death Angel: Jackson
- Thru-neck design: Jackson
- Rob Cavestany : Jackson
- Pro Series Signature Josh Smith Soloist SL7 ET: Jackson
- Jackson MJ Series Rhoads RRT: Jackson