JS30RR review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (223 votes)
Jackson: JS30RR

Price paid: £ 320

Purchased from: Local music shop

Sound — 9
I play thrash metal (Megadeth, Metallica etc.) and for this type of music it works well. But seriously, take one look at this thing and you know it isn't going to be used in a country band... I play through a Line 6 Spider II and a Boss ML2. With this equiptment I get a great sound, especially when I'm really going for it playing fast technical stuff. The pickups are not prticularly noisy, and for a guitar of this price you won't find better pickups as Standard fit. The CVR2 works best as a bridge pickup, where its high attack and aggressive sound are good for hard riffing as seen on albums like Kill 'em All and Rust in Peace, and also for solos by Guitarists like Kirk Hammett, and also to a lesser extent Dave Mustaine, and even Dave Murray, who frequently solo on their bridge pickup to get a trebly sound that cuts through. In the neck position it is fine for most stuff, but for clean sounds and for techniques like sweep picking it doesn't produce quite as clear sound as I would like, and more serious guitarists may want to consider upgrading. However for a guitar of this price it is as good as you would expect.

Overall Impression — 9
I have been playing for 4 years and as someone who primarily plays metal, I love this guitar. When I take it out of the case it feels like unstheathing a sword, because it just looks and feels like such a brutal weapon. I also own a Yamaha Pacifica and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard but if my house was burning down and I could only grab one guitar and save it, it would definetly be the Jackson. As for it being lost, the notion of such a thing is plainly ridiculous. How the hell could you just "lose" a guitar? If it were stolen I would shut myself away and cry for a number of weeks praying that whoever had stolen it was using it right and not using it to play some godawful pop music or some shit like that. Then once I had accepted that it wasn't coming back I would save up and go striaght out and buy another one. There really is no other product you can compare it to, because to get a guitar as good as this you would have to pay 600+, the only people who wouldn't buy this guitar would be people who are playing counttry or jazz music, or something in that vein, because it simply wouldn't look right on stage. In terms of real problems: The pickups are good, but not perfect, as I have already said, and that is why I am upgrading to EMG 60/81, but for most players the stock pickups are fine. It is slightly top heavy, although not to the point of being annoying. It is difficult to play with sitting down, but this is a problem with all V shaped guitars. But other than that it is an excelent guitar and everyone should at least try it. And make sure you bring some money when you do, because I can almost guarantee you will want one.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Everything feels virtually airtight it is so well put together. Nothing rattles or has any give in it. This guitar really feels like it was built to take everything you can throw at it. I've had mine for nearly a year and it feels every bit as good as when I bought it. I have gigged with it and will continue to do so. I really think if it's a case of one of us tiring out first, it will be me and the guitar will still be ready for more. The finish is thick and of good quality, and feels like it will last. Just be careful of the points, because the top one is huge and very easy to band of stuff if you aren't paying attention. I haven't chipped mine yet but it is scuffed slightly around the points, and it is covered in sweat and fingerprints, although that is more down to my deficiancies than the guitar's.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This is where the JS30 RR really excels. The guitar I bought was set up perfectly, and is a joy to play. Seriously, I haven't played any guitar which feels so much like it was made to be soloed all the way to the 24th fret and then all the way back again. If you can't play it on this guitar, it's because you suck, and nothing to do with the guitar. The set up really was perfect, and all the parts were flawless. On the build quality front, The JS30 RR offers much more than we have any right to expect from a guitar of this price, or any price for that matter.

Features — 8
As with all JS series models, the RR is made in India. I bought mine about a year ago, but I'm not sure what year it was made. The JS series is the only RR to come with 24 jumbo frets. All other RRs come with 22. The neck has a relatively thin profile. It's a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. The body is Indian Cedro, and mine has a black finish. The finish is very good, although with a guitar as pointy as this you're always going to have to be careful to avoid chips. The JS30 RR has a fixed bridge with a string though body construction. Take my word for it, as a guitar you use day in day out and take on gigs, this is definitely better than an overly complicated floyd rose. Tuners are Jackson's own and are more than acceptable. The JS30 RR has 2 Jackson CVR2 humbucking pickups, with Master tone/volume controls and a 3 way pickup selector switch. All Jackson JS30 models come with a Jackson gig-bag, which is useful, although unfortunately mine developed a hole through which the point of the V protrudes after only several months. I resorted to plugginf it with cotton wool bound with duct tape. It doesn't look pretty but it does the job and currently I am in the process of putting an EMG 81/60 configuration on it so thats where the money's going. The shop where I bought mine also included a strap in the deal, but this isn't standard.

4 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I wasnt so sure should i buy this guitar but this article really impressed me and im definately gonna buy it. I think I`m gonna be posting something here the day i get it
    I use this guitar as my main guitar (along side many of my other guitars) for one of my bands which play heavy metal, I've used my JS30RR BLK in loads of gigs now(including a show with The Blackout), and there are always people staring at it. Not once has this guitar broke or had anything go wrong with it during a show or rehearsals, and I play around 4 hours a day, it even seems impossible for the strings on this guitar to become out of tune, even with all the string bends! I love playing lots of Lamb Of God, Machine Head and Children Of Bodom songs, and this guitar is probably my favorite guitar out of all the guitars I own to play them on, the 24 jumbo frets allow me to move around the neck so quickly. I've been playing guitar for a few years and I have accumilate all of this: Line 6 Spider III amp, Line 6 Spider IV amp, Line 6 FBV-EXPRESS, 2 Blackstar HT-110 cabinets, DIGITECH DeathMetal StompBox, Line 6 POD XT Live, Gibson Les Paul Custom EB GH, Jackson DXMG BK JKSN X, ESP LTD HEX-7, ESP Viper 7, Dean Razorback Cemetery Gates ML, Jackson Randy Rhoads 30th Anniversary, and a load Jim Dunlop Jazz III picks. I love everything about my JS30RR, but above all, I get the same quility sound from this guitar as I do from any of my others, and it costs a lot less aswell. If your looking for a new guitar, this is the one you want, awesome looks, awesome sound and you can buy it from around 250 now
    I got this guitar a little over a month ago. I watched Matt Tuck use the exact same model at Brixton Academy, and wanted it ever since. WelL I inally got it. Its an outstanding metal and rock guitar (:
    I would have liked to have a strat-style jack, and closer to the strap button. I have this one, and it's great for the money. Love the accessibility of the high frets!