#1
Hey UG! So I'm looking to buy a Jackson Kelly. The JS32 Kellys in particular. The JS32T is fitted with a string thru body construction while the JS32 (no T) has a Floyd Rose LICENSED bridge. The Kelly JS32 is 299 and the JS32T is 269. The JS32T is 30 bucks cheaper (obviously lol) and the body style is basically the only difference. Both are black and beautiful guitars.

So.... Should I go with the string thru model or should I venture out onto a limb and buy the Floyd Rose model???

Thanks for the help in advance!
#2
Cheap Floyds are never a good idea. Made of cheap metal, and while they probably work okay for a while they soon wear out with use. Go with the string-thru.
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Cheap Floyds are never a good idea. Made of cheap metal, and while they probably work okay for a while they soon wear out with use. Go with the string-thru.


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#4
Besides the fact that cheap Floyds are not worth the grief for reasons already mentioned, but being indecisive about wanting a Floyd or not leads me to think that you don't really know what you're looking for in a guitar anyway. I'd do some more research into what advantages but also disadvantages getting a Floyd has and see if getting a Floyd might (or might not) be for you in the future.

At any rate, get a fixed bridge. Cheap Floyds are usually shit and shit Floyds are horrible to live with.
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#5
Do you plan on using the tremolo? If yes, then get one with it, if you don't need it, then don't.

Aside from that I see three advantages to the FR. Sometimes I like to rest my hand on the bridge and those tune-o-matic bridges with their pointy saddles are just nasty. I find tremolos look also better than string-through and the open and easily replaceable nut is much better than regular nuts.

The disadvantage is that it's a moronic system to work with. But if you're not going to use it, you can always block it.
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Do you plan on using the tremolo? If yes, then get one with it, if you don't need it, then don't.

Aside from that I see three advantages to the FR. Sometimes I like to rest my hand on the bridge and those tune-o-matic bridges with their pointy saddles are just nasty. I find tremolos look also better than string-through and the open and easily replaceable nut is much better than regular nuts.

The disadvantage is that it's a moronic system to work with. But if you're not going to use it, you can always block it.

So, of your 3 advantages, 2 are totally subjective, and the one about the nut... if you think the saddles on a TOM are nasty, you've obviously never brushed a hand over a cheap-ass Floyd nut.
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So, of your 3 advantages, 2 are totally subjective, and the one about the nut... if you think the saddles on a TOM are nasty, you've obviously never brushed a hand over a cheap-ass Floyd nut.


What else would my views be but subjective? I can't think of a reason why my hand would brush a Floyd nut during playing.
#8
I have guitars with Floyd Rose originals and string through, and I like both for different situations; however, I prefer string through just because I felt like changing strings and detuning were a pain, but I still think it's fun to use once set up.
#9
If you dont know if you want a floyd, you dont want one. Seriously. In my oppinion they are not worth it. And if down the line, you decide you reeeeealy want one, you get a guitar with a decent floating bridge. Cheap ones are a nightmare, even if you actually want it.
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Do you plan on using the tremolo? If yes, then get one with it, if you don't need it, then don't.


Agreed.

I saw the same question on here recently and I don't believe anyone can answer with anything other than their own personal preference. To me it's like saying "I need transport, should I buy a car or a motorbike?"....I don't know as I don't know what you want from it.

Have a think about what music you want to play and that will give you the answer.
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Besides the fact that cheap Floyds are not worth the grief for reasons already mentioned, but being indecisive about wanting a Floyd or not leads me to think that you don't really know what you're looking for in a guitar anyway. I'd do some more research into what advantages but also disadvantages getting a Floyd has and see if getting a Floyd might (or might not) be for you in the future.

At any rate, get a fixed bridge. Cheap Floyds are usually shit and shit Floyds are horrible to live with.


All of that said, I have two "cheap" Floyds that have been amazingly durable and (so far) as good as any "expensive" Floyd I have. It all depends. One of the advantages to a Floyd that makes even the inexpensive ones worthwhile is its ability to keep everything in tune.

On the other hand, T00DEEPBLUE makes a good point -- if you don't know whether you want a Floyd or not, you probably shouldn't get one. You'll know when it becomes important to what and how you're playing.
#13
Floyds are great if you love them. But don’t buy one if you aren’t dedicated to having one.
#14
if you ever do any alternate tuning you'll be glad you got a string through ...... hard to tune drop C then up to standard E with a FR , only takes a minute with a string through ...
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What else would my views be but subjective? I can't think of a reason why my hand would brush a Floyd nut during playing.

Try bringing enthusiasm into your playstyle.
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Do you already have a hardtail guitar? If so, go with the Floyd. Obviously you like some aspects of the Floyd or you wouldn't have posted this.

How else are you going to know if you like it or not unless you buy one?

You will need to learn how to set one up and how to perform regular maintenance but that's what the internet is for right? Never adjust action without first removing the Floyd completely. Lube up the knife edges with chapstick, etc.

The Floyd Special should last you a while if you take care of it. You can either swap it out later on if you need to if you're still happy with this guitar.
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Do you already have a hardtail guitar? If so, go with the Floyd. Obviously you like some aspects of the Floyd or you wouldn't have posted this.

How else are you going to know if you like it or not unless you buy one?

You will need to learn how to set one up and how to perform regular maintenance but that's what the internet is for right? Never adjust action without first removing the Floyd completely. Lube up the knife edges with chapstick, etc.

The Floyd Special should last you a while if you take care of it. You can either swap it out later on if you need to if you're still happy with this guitar.


This would be my first electric guitar. I have acoustics and basses but no electric. Oh and as an update I found a used JS32T Kelly (string thru) for 160 and am really thinking about it.
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Cheap Floyds are never a good idea. Made of cheap metal, and while they probably work okay for a while they soon wear out with use. Go with the string-thru.


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if he has multiple guitars, can't he just set one to drop C?

Alternatively if he always plays in drop C he can just set the guitar to drop C...

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if you ever do any alternate tuning you'll be glad you got a string through ...... hard to tune drop C then up to standard E with a FR , only takes a minute with a string through ...


Unless you have a Variax. The JTV-89F will tune to Baritone and then back to standard E with an FR and string tension will never change. This little dial does it all:

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This would be my first electric guitar. I have acoustics and basses but no electric. Oh and as an update I found a used JS32T Kelly (string thru) for 160 and am really thinking about it.

For your first I'd recommend a hard tail.
Guitars:
Jackson Kelly KE3 - MIJ (Distortion/Jazz)
Jackson DKMGT Dinky (EMG 81/85)
ESP E-II Eclipse Custom (JB/'59)
ESP LTD EC-1001FR (EMG 81/60)
Fender MIM Strat

Amps:
Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster 212
Laney IronHeart IRT-Studio
Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey ReValver Amp Sims
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