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hey i just bought a jackson ke 3 and its coming in on tuesday

i want to know what to look for (ie faults/ damaging/ dodgy wiring etc)

do you know any tricks i could use to make sure the guitar is a 100%

here are the specs

BODY Alder with Flame Maple Veneer on Transparent Colors
NECK Bolt-On Rock Maple
NECK DIMENSIONS 1st Fret: .720?, 12th Fret: .805?
TUNING MACHINES Die-Cast Tuners
FINGERBOARD Rosewood
NO. OF FRETS 24 Jumbo Frets
BRIDGE PICKUP seymour dunca jb4Humbucking Pickup
MIDDLE PICKUP N/A
NECK PICKUP seymour duncan jazz sh2n Humbucking Pickup
CONTROLS Master Volume
BRIDGE JT580 LP Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo
PICKUP SWITCHING 3-Position Toggle:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
HARDWARE Chrome
STRINGS NPS, Gauges:
.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042
CASE Optional
PICKGUARD None
SCALE LENGTH 25.5?
WIDTH AT NUT 1-11/16?
NOTICE Product Prices, Features And Specifications Are Subject To Change Without Notice
UNIQUE FEATURES Compound (12? to 14?) Fingerboard Radius,
MOTO Shark Fin Position Inlays,
Off-set ?Kelly? Body Shape

thanks guys
Jackson KE 3 Trans Black
Schecter C7 ATX
Siggery Custom


Axe Fx Owner
Last edited by ChazBcWarlock at Jan 29, 2008,
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NECK Bolt-On Rock Maple


-check the neck joint and pocket for any abnormally large spaces.
-make sure the neck fits snugly in to pocket; the joint should feel solid, not wobly

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TUNING MACHINES Die-Cast Tuners


-tune the guitar perfectly before you start playing. If it has new strings, stretch them in. After a while check how the tuning is holding up. Repeat this a few times during the time you'll be playing it.

If you keep noticing the entire guitar falling out of tune or one string constantly detuning, something's wrong.

N.B.: As I said before, it could have new strings, meaning they might have to settle in first.

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BRIDGE PICKUP seymour duncan jb4Humbucking Pickup
MIDDLE PICKUP N/A
NECK PICKUP seymour duncan jazz sh2n Humbucking Pickup
CONTROLS Master Volume


Run through all of the combination, flick the switch a few times and roll the volume (and tone if it has one) control up and down a bit. While doing this, check for any odd sounding positions or crackling noizes. It should be dead quiet.

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BRIDGE JT580 LP Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo


This is an important part. Make sure it doesn't have any wear and that it's set up correctly.

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PICKUP SWITCHING 3-Position Toggle:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup


As said before, flick the switch a few times and by tapping the pickups, make sure the selector switch is wired/installed the right way (i.e. check if the neck pickup really is under position 3 etc.)

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HARDWARE Chrome


Check for any wear on the hardware

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CASE Optional


If it's coming in at a guitar store near you and not at your home, try to get a nice case out of the deal, too.

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MOTO Shark Fin Position Inlays


Just check for any sloppy inlays.


Other than that, check for scuffs, scratches and dings; particularly around the edges and at the tips of the guitar.

Also, don't forget to check the fretwear, if any that is, the truss rod and general set up.


Finally, make sure the neck isn't warped (check for fretbuzz and sight down the neck), that the pickups are installed correctly and that the trem is o.k.


It seems like quite a list, but it basically involves you looking at and feeling every part of the guitar and even by just playing it for a while you could notice some imperfections, or hopefully the lack thereof.


Keep in mind that some things are much more easily fixed than others: a dry rosewood board only needs a coat of lemon oil, a badly set trem needs a good setup etc.

On the other hand, a neck that's warped sideways is nearly of maybe even completely unfixable.


If your guitar has a small imperfection in the finish or something that can be fixed by a setup, it doesn't really matter and you could just keep the guitar and ask for a small discount.


That should do it, but there is one important thing about getting a new guitar: it should be an awesome day above all. Checking your purchase is highly recommended, but it should basically be about you being happy with your new guitar.
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Last edited by Bonsaischaap at Jan 29, 2008,