The Jackson JS22-7 Dinky is really a great sounding guitar and is built very well. I have many guitars in my collection and this one is my go-to when I want to play. I hadn't had any experience with a 7-string until I purchased the JS22 and was really blown away by its tone and playability!
Powerful!! View of a Composer
I'll preface that I am not a guitarist. I am a composer mainly for Film, Videogames, Documentaries and song-writing.
I use guitars to add that extra punch to the score, when needed, morphing the sound at will and transforming it into something entirely different.
This guitar is not only "fire" when it comes to playing straight up Rock, Metal and any other hard genres, but it performs extensively well during sound-designing sessions and morphing. The sound I can pull out of this baby are limitless.
It's solid, sturdy, keeps the tune like a charm and sounds impressively good for a $ guitar, which can be deceiving.
Give this guitar a chance, because the price tagis bot reflrcting the actual empirical quality of the overall product, in this case. In my opinion, it is an undercharged product, but hey...I'll take it.
Very nice for the price
This is by far the best entry level 7 string out there. The fit and finish are excellent for such a low end guitar, and the materials are of high quality so it makes a very nice mod platform. A bit of time and effort getting the neck and bridge dialed in, some work on the nut to get it as low as it can reasonable go (which in my case was VERY low) and it plays as well as high end, multi-thousand dollar guitars. I am not generally given to hyperbole either. This guitar is just that good.
The stock hardware is cheap but functional. The stock setup is catch-all, so it has high action, plenty of neck relief, and a nut a mile off the fretboard. The stock pickups are a bit muddy at high volume, but thankfully they dont feedback uncontrollably like most entry-level stock pups. They sound fine for bedroom volume.
Physically, it is very comfortable to play thanks to the Dinky body made of lightweight Basswood, and very thin neck. The 26.5" scale makes it feel a little wierd at first if you are used to 24.75 or 25.5, but for me that only took a couple hours to get used to, and it makes soloing a little easier for me. I have stupidly long fingers though.
i am in love with this guitar!! it is so sick i could die
Wasn't sure what to expect. Pleasantly surprised. Minor fret buzz out of the box on low b. Didn't have any of the other issues mentioned. Pros will likely want more, but great for a starter 7 string.
Pretty awesome afforadable guitar. Came quick and great customer service
if you want a nice 7 string buy this one, it's well worth every penny.
Does the Job
An excellent buy for the money. The hardware and out-of-the-box playability don't compare to my other, higher-end Jacksons, but I also paid a fifth of the price. If you've got an itch to try out a 7-string guitar, this is definitely the one to start with.
I'm strongly considering just switching the pickups (love the emphasis on low end but the high end suffers, basically no bite from the D string upward) and tuners (get ones that lock, trust me) to turn this into a recording guitar over buying a better one.
Good foundation for upgrades
I bought this guitar knowing I'd need to upgrade the electronics. I dropped a set of Seymour Duncan pick ups in it and replaced the volume pot. Sounds great now. Next will be the tuning machines as they won't keep tune with drop tunings. The guitar has a nice feel though. By the time I'm done upgrading it'll be perfect. Yes, I could have spent more on a better guitar, but I'll have the appointments the I chose and not stuck with what a manufacturer chose. Bottom line- It's a good foundation to upgrade to a custom guitar at less than half the price of a manufactured custom.
Eh, good to get into a 7 string but..
This was my first 7 string. I really just wanted something on a budget to see if I liked it or not. Yes I like playing the seven string but If you have any thoughts I would suggest going a bit upper line. I never really noticed what basswood sounded like until I went from a mahogany body to basswood. its definitely thin in comparison. The I ended up getting a Seymore Duncan Pegasus pickup for the bridge. It helped with feedback quite a bit. But I still have issues and it just doesn't have the tone. the in your face open strum mean tone. The BIGGEST frustration is despite different strings and tunings, it just does not hold tune! Constantly, every few minutes tweaking it. It doesn't go wack but you can tell. might sounds good playing open but then you playing up in the 6-9th fret range and its out or vice versus. I tune to a chord and then play open and its off just a hair.
Spend the extra money even the 350-400 range Im sure there will be better out there. I love jackson but this is a bit on the cheap side. '
P.S. the neck does feel great for whats thats worth
Spend the extra cash
So I wanted to try out a 7string and the review seemed to be ok on this guitar. I think they were written by someone paid to give good reviews or the older model had much better qualities. I know that a guitar will need some set up out of the box. But sharp fret end that cut up my hand the first time I played it when it stayed in tune, which was not long. The serial number was a stick that has fallen off somewhere. The pickups were muddy and lacking. I canít even seem to give the guitar away for a big loss on price. So it now sits collecting dust. Please look elsewhere for an entry 7 string this is not worth the money.
Save your money
Doesn't stay in tune. Multiple flaws out of the box. Screws missing, tension rod had to be adjusted, fret buzz, gnarly burrs on hardware, serial # is a sticker, lackluster pickups.
Spend an additional 100-200 bucks on something better!
btw, I think some of these positive reviews on here are bogus.