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Jackson JS32T Kelly - Satin Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from February 16, 2016

    Jackson Kelly

    I've been wanting one of theses for awhile now and I am amazed by it. It's a sleek next for a great soloing experience. I love it.

  • from September 1, 2016

    Go For It

    This guitar is incredible for the value. One of the first things I do when purchasing a mid-level guitar is to immediately replace the stock pickups. This guitar features the best stock pickups that I've heard in a great while. My only complaint is that the position for the strap near the neck makes the guitar sink, but this can easily be fixed. For the money and value, you can't go wrong. Plus Sweetwater rocks.

  • from chicago May 6, 2015Music Background:
    Crazy Amateur

    Is it Larceny or Just a Steal?

    It is amazing what you can buy for $300 or even less these days. I wanted a budget guitar with hot pickups and a fast neck, so after much research I decided a Jackson JS32 series guitar would be my best bet. And I was not disappointed.

    I purchased the guitar sight unseen. It was delivered in two huge boxes, perhaps the best packing possible.

    The guitar was setup perfectly. However, I did not see anything that indicated the guitar received the famous Sweetwater 55 step check. In fact, the guitar was delivered with no manual, no truss rod wrench, nada (nothing). Normally guitars ship with a plastic bag with the manual, wrench, string information. Not this time!

    The satin finish is great, nicer than expected. The bound neck is great, a bit thin for my huge hands, but the inlays and finish are incredible for anything near this price point. The neck is a bit narrow for my large mitts, but evidently it is more perception than reality, probably due to the thin neck.

    With that said, it is the by far the fastest neck I have every played. The combination of the .009 - .042 strings and the great neck add up to lighting speed and incredible bends; it's just super easy to play. It has 24 frets on a 25.5" scale, but the upper frets are all but useless for me. I finger pick more than flat pick, and initially had difficulty with finger picking on the guitar, but the more I play it, the more comfortable I am getting with that aspect. My only complaint, and have not figured out why, I have a heck of a time hammering on-off the high E string in the first position.

    I am perfectly happy with the sound. From country clean to metal dirty... I bought the guitar for its high output pickups, and I am not disappointed. I have had to back off the gain on my amps and amp modelers...The bridge pickup is great for single lines and chords, the neck pickup is fine until you smack out full fisted chords at higher gain levels--at that point, the result is a muddled mess--not unusual for any guitar. I guess that is why power chords were invented.

    The controls feel fine. The tuners are okay. They feel a bit on the cheap side, but the guitar stays in tune. I don't know their ratio, but I prefer a larger ratio. A slight turn makes a huge change. The cord jack is very robust, a bit utilitarian looking, but who cares. It is super solid.

    My only real complaint is that the guitar does not hang right on me while standing. The head rotates towards the floor, and the strap cuts across my neck. I have tried positioning the strap over the bottom bout of the guitar, and that helps, but still, if you let the neck go, gravity takes over and rotates the guitar ala ZZTOP. I changed to a Planet Waves Traditional Leather Strap and that also helps, but the strap creeps up the shoulder towards my neck and you cannot let the neck go.

    Bottom line: Arrived in great condition, setup was virtually perfect, fit and finish are fine, and it sounds better than expected. It stays in tune, looks great, and is super easy to play. What else is there? And all for way less than $300. A steal!

  • from Chicago May 3, 2015Music Background:
    Crazy Amateur

    Is it Larceny or Just a Steal?

    It is amazing what you can buy for $300 or even less these days. I wanted a budget guitar with hot pickups and a fast neck, so after much research decided a Jackson JS32 series guitar would be my best bet. And I was not disappointed.

    I purchased the guitar sight unseen. It was delivered in two huge boxes, perhaps the best packing I have witnessed.

    The guitar was setup perfectly. However, I did not see anything that indicated the guitar received the famous Sweetwater 55 step check. In fact, the guitar was delivered with no manual, no truss rod wrench, nada (nothing). Normally guitars ship with a plastic bag with the manual, wrench, string information. Not this time!

    The satin finish is great, nicer than expected. The bound neck is great, a bit thin for my huge hands, but the inlays and finish are incredible for anything near this price point. I have not measured the nut width, but I doubt very seriously it is 1.69" as advertised. It is closer to 1-5/8", with is a bit narrow for my large mitts.

    With that said, it is the by far the fastest neck I have every played. The combination of the .009 - .042 strings and the great neck add up to lighting speed and incredible bends; it's just super easy to play. It has 24 frets, but with the small neck scale (I am used to strats), the upper frets are all but useless for me. And I realize this is not a finger picking style guitar, but I finger pick, and so far, can't do it on this guitar.

    I am perfectly happy with the sound. From country clean to metal dirty... I bought the guitar for its high output pickups, and I am not disappointed. I have had to back off the gain on the amps...The bridge pickup is great for single lines and chords, the neck pickup is fine until you smack out full fisted chords at higher gain levels--at that point, the result is a muddled mess. I guess that is why power chords were invented.

    The controls feel fine. The tuners are okay. They feel a bit on the cheap side, but the guitar stays in tune. I don't know their ratio, but I prefer a larger ratio. A slight turn makes a huge change...

    My only real complaint is that the guitar does not hang right on me while standing. The head rotates towards the floor, and the strap cuts across my neck. I have tried positioning the strap over the bottom horn of the guitar, and that helps, but still, if you let the neck go, gravity takes over and rotates the guitar ala ZZTOP.

    Bottom line: Arrived in great condition, setup almost perfectly, fit and finish are fine, and it sounds better than expected. And all for way less than $300. A steal!

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