JS32 Rhoads review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (35 votes)
Jackson: JS32 Rhoads

Price paid: $ 300

Sound — 10
I loved the licensed floyd rose (although its not the original) it stays in tune like it should and you can dive bomb the crap out of it and not have to worry, the neck is pretty smooth and you can get from the lower to the higher frets pretty quickly, you can also solo (great for sweeps) like crazy and also play some heavy riffs with it as well. Pinch harmonics are a breeze. It comes with 2 Jackson CVR2 pickups that are great, but I switched them out for 2 Seymour Duncan distortions (which really made this guitar sound more like a higher model Rhoads [ex. RR3/RR5]). The Jackson pickups I plan to use on another guitar I own.

Overall Impression — 10
This thing is magic, it has a pretty sleek neck which makes it easy to do any types of leads, its balanced just right so that when you let it go the neck doesn't slide down. The stock pickups are quite amazing for being stock, perfect for any type of music but lets get serious, if your looking at this guitar then chances are you play mainly rock-metal (etc.) overall this guitar will not be a disappointment to you at all, good price, floyd rose, comes with a gig bag, and killer looks!

Reliability & Durability — 9
Had trouble with the ratings but I'm happy with this guitar a great big leap from my Epiphone SG it's a bit heavier but the thin neck, whammy and free case make it worth it. If this guitar got stolen there would be blood eventually in the feature I plan to upgrade but for now I'll wail on this beast.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
If you want this guitar to sound good tuned down get heavy strings because it doesn't handle very light strings well. I got the gun metal grey one and its awesome. I've only had it since Christmas. Its awesome but change stock strings and it will cut out some of the tremolo you get when hitting high pitch chords like the bark at the moon chords. Whammy bar is awesome. This thing is hard to keep in tune especially if you divebomb alot. Overall awesome guitar but change stock strings!

Features — 10
- Series: JS - Style: Rhoads - Body Species: alder - Neck type: bolt-on maple - Fingerboard: rosewood - Fingerboard radius: 12" to 16" compound-radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm) - Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm) - Number of frets: 24 - Fret size: jumbo frets - Nut material: graphite - Nut width: 1.69" (43 mm) - Inlays: MOTO Shark fin position inlays - Pickup: dual Jackson CVR2 Humbuckers

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    It stays in tune like it should and you can dive bomb the crap out of it and not have to worry
    This thing is hard to keep in tune especially if you divebomb alot
    Make up your mind please. Also, a low level Rhoads probably doesn't deserve a 9.6. Should fit somewhere in the 7.5/8 region at most, but I'm getting subjective now.