DXMG review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (193 votes)
Jackson: DXMG

Price paid: £ 215

Purchased from: ebay

Sound — 9
i play black metal primarily but love to jam out some floyed now and then this guitar suits both perfectly though it doesn't seem to wail or have as much natural wah effect as my similar Ibanez likely due to the EMGs in there but when it does it f--king does!,, I've found this guitar has no statick at all but I feel the EMG hz pickups are somewhat underpowered they sustain plenty enough but they don't seem to have as mutch welly as I'd assumed but they easily make up for this with a gorgiouse humbucker tone that realy gives the professional edge to its sound, unlike every guitar I've had I find there isnt too much bottom end on the neck pick up either its a subtle difference between the 2 and the selector Switch is seemless going between them, the pots are good cut above the usual cheap street axes they allow you to actualy govern the power from your guitar unlike most volume pots they don't just cut out at zero you can actualy use them as volume controls or just to cap the edge on ur gain. Tone pot isnt so good though I find little difference between 10 and zero but I never use that anyway. The guitar has excelent resonation on it and the Floyd Rose bridge has plenty of room inside the guitar to give the full dive bombs and squeels like a high class whore on her first night so basicaly it takes getting used to but its worth it to that, as for its tone all in all it has all its got all the balls of any descent Stratocaster sharp and full with plenty of texture and more than enough power to blast the shit out of anyone.

Overall Impression — 10
This guitar was built for black metal its a nasty as you want it to be both in sound and pressence, it feels comfy to play and is estheticaly spot on for a Strat I've been playing extreme metal for 10 years now and gone through loads of guitars but this slays em all and when you get your wanking gear round it youl know it was built to be played.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've not had it long but since its second hand and it looks brand f--king new and sounds perfect I could have been convinced this was never played and thats unusual for guitars it has a good weight on it and defo able to take a beating. Given the condition of the Boss pedal that came with it itl rate it a 10.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I'm still getting to grips with the action of this guitar the strings are a little low down and tend to rattly on the fretts when I start double picking it which I don't like but that about it the neck binding is genuine not plastic shit and it the neck its self isnt to thin as I found on most jacksons you know its there lol the finish is emaculate as well and resiliant to buckle scratches somehow but as far as esthetiks go its just about the sexyest bit of kit out there second only to the soloists which are basicaly the same. a good point though is theres alot of room for the bridge block to move inside so your guitar wont be rattling when you down tune it.

Features — 10
Model Name MG Series DKMG Dinky Body Alder with Carved Top and Flame Maple Veneer on Transparent Colors Neck Bolt-On Rock Maple with Scarf Joint Head Stock Neck Dimensions 1st Fret: .735, 12th Fret: .810 Tuning Machines Sealed Die-Cast Tuners Fingerboard Rosewood with Compound 14 to 16 Radius No. of Frets 24 Jumbo Frets Bridge Pickup EMG 81 Middle Pickup N/A Neck Pickup EMG 85 Controls Master Volume, Master Tone Bridge Floyd Rose Licensed Jackson Low Profile JT580 LP Double Locking 2-Point remolo Hardware Black Pickguard None Scale Length 25.5 (648mm) Width at Nut 1-11/16 (43mm) Unique Features Reverse Jackson 6-In-Line Pointed Headstock, Compound (14 to 16) Fingerboard Radius, MOTO Piranha Tooth Position Inlays, Ivoroid Binding on Neck and Headstock

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    Sam Wotrey
    adam priest wrote: adam priest wrote: man after reading all off your reviews ( thanks for the confidence on buying this lol, im gonna test it tomorrow and if i like it buy it, so thanks ppl). just a few questions: 1, Will the emg's sound ok on a line 6 spider 3 120w and give that nice meaty crunch like metallica. 2, also will it sound like crap if i fitted some ernie ball 11-52 on it, cuz i play in drop d please could i ask for some advice sorry 10-52 on it
    That's the best. I play this guitar so so much, it's seriously amazing. I play in drop C and the best string gauge to me is 10-56
    It's hard to believe and trust a review when there are typos within the article. THEY'RE and THERE are different! Sorry to be that guy but anyone can agree that you lose reliability and trust when your reviews contain errors.