JS30KE Kelly review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (141 votes)
Jackson: JS30KE Kelly

Purchased from: Steve's music, Toronto

Sound — 9
My music style is either nice clean stuff or metal, but not much in between, but it sounds great for those styles. It hums a little when you're not playing, but once you start it stops the buzz. I'll give it a 9 for this cause I haven't really experemented with other kinds of music to say its amzing or sucks for those.

Overall Impression — 10
Like I said, I play metal or clean stuff, and it's a perfect match. If it was stolen or lost, I'd probably sit in my basement and stare at the empty stand where it usually goes for a few weeks, then I'd go fing who stole it and steal it back, or definately buy a new one. Speaking of stands, it's weird to put on a stand, but as long as the bottom part of it can tilt to accomidate for the curve, and it's got some non slip rubber or something, then it's fine. Overall this is a great guitar, especally for the price. It'd be pretty nice if it came with a gig bag or something, because it doesn't fit into a normal one. One thing I wouldn't reccomend is the hard case for this, because if you've got that kind of money (about as much as the guitar costs), then you might as well buy the Kelly KE or whatever the better one is. It's great. I'd definately recomend this to begginers or anyone because of its price and great sound.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will definitaly last within the first hour I banged it off a wall and there wasnt even a chip. The strap hasn't fallen off at all, even though the buttons look fairly small. I would definately gig it without a backup.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar came set up nearly perfect, although I'd reccomend changing the strings on it cause the factory ones arent the greatest. It's a little weird to play at first because of the way it's shaped and where the strap ataches, but you get used to it. It's also really hard to play sitting down, but eventually you'll find a comfy way to hold it. The finish on it was very good. I haven't found any flaws in it, but with the black finish, fingerprints stand out on it really good, but what are you gonna do?

Features — 9
This guitar is basically prtty simple when it comes to features, but it still sounds great and looks awesome. It's got volume and tone knobs, and a 3-way pickup Switch. Like I said, pretty simple, but it does it's job. It also has 24 frets which is nice.

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    Hanger 17
    EMG-esque means they are kinda like EMG's, I think he was saying that they look like EMG's cause i highly doubt someone would compare stock Jackson pick-ups to arguably the best pick-ups around, so get back in your box.
    jackson_bummage wrote: by the way the cvr-2's are not active pickups they are standard jackson humbuckers
    yeah...so true ...active pick-ups wouldnt sound that crappy
    Panterica wrote: wtf mine was 899.99 .....at guitar center
    man....your nuts ...this is a beginners guitar...
    too right this is a disgrace. the second review gave wrong information saying that it came with EMG-esque Jackson CVR-2 humbuckers, id like to point out that these pick-ups are nothing to do with emg as emg are a seperate company, these are basic jackson pick-ups, you will only find emg pick-ups on the jackson ke2 or ke3 if they're special models as they usually come with seymour duncan pick-ups. the js30ke is a guitar for starters or people wishing to personalize the guitar itself. know your stuff before you post wrong information leading people to believe this
    Eternal_One wrote: @Panteria Do not mistake the JS30 Kelly for one of the more expensive and mid/top range Kelly's that Jackson makes. The one you bought was prob from a different model range but same "Kelly" shape. The reviews were horrible, spelling was atrocious and just didn't make sense at places.Shame.
    i got this guitar... will submit a review once i've bashed around with it for a while...
    Bensk8n said: It feels kind of big, but then again I'm not too big my self.
    Big where?...
    yep got the Dimarzio super distortion and super 2 in its unbelievable, you can sound like pretty much any one that uses the super's pickups, and the best part is the versitile sound, it surely has one of the best tone for the cleanest to the heaviest, long live marty friedman's sound
    man awsome guitar i bought one recently and its crazy never seen a thinner neck and the action is unbelievable, my marshall valvestate and that baby sounds just like megadeth's rust in peace when the amp is set properly dude just buy the damn thing ( also getting dimarzio's)
    i just recently bought my JS30KE Kelly and im puttin a Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader in the neck, and hoping to put either a Full Shred, or Dimebucker... and i must say the look..... is AMAZING!!! im soon to play in a Thrash Metal Band in GP but im waiting on installation, all in all i must agree witheveryone here and say the guitar is sweet A$$!
    @Panteria Do not mistake the JS30 Kelly for one of the more expensive and mid/top range Kelly's that Jackson makes. The one you bought was prob from a different model range but same "Kelly" shape. The reviews were horrible, spelling was atrocious and just didn't make sense at places.Shame.
    Panterica wrote: wtf mine was 899.99 .....at guitar center
    dude are u sure urs is a Kelly JS30KE and not a Kelly KE2 or a Jackson Custom shop model ?!? coz the only Kelly guitars which cost more than 500 are KE2 and Custom Shop models...