JS32T Rhoads Review

manufacturer: Jackson date: 05/10/2016 category: Electric Guitars
Jackson: JS32T Rhoads
24 Jumbo Frets, Bolt on maple neck, String Thru Body, 2 Jackson CVR2 Humbuckers. Came with a Jackson Gig bag.
 Sound: 9.3
 Overall Impression: 8.4
 Reliability & Durability: 9.1
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.3
 Features: 8.4
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overall: 9.4
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: unregistered, on february 14, 2011
6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 249.99

Purchased from: Millennium music

Features: 24 Jumbo Frets, Bolt on maple neck, String Thru Body, 2 Jackson CVR2 Humbuckers. Came with a Jackson Gig bag. // 9

Sound: Pickups sounds great for metal, they give a properly heavy sound, came with .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042 strings, but I quickly restrung mine with some D'Addario Medium top X-heavy bottoms (11, 14, 19, 32, 44, 56) which are great for heavier stuff, as the guitar is permanantly in Drop C tuning. Sounds good on any amp, and is great for pinch harmonics // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The only problem I had was a loose screw at the back of the body which took about 3 seconds to fix. The volume and tone knob become loose quite quickly, but this is easily fixed with the screw at the side. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Have had no problems with pickups, the hardware is absolutely fine, very lightweight so using on stage is fine. Guitar feels solid and well made. // 9

Overall Impression: I mainly play metal, varying from older thrash to modern metalcore, and it sounds amazing. I also own a Cort G Series, this guitar is a huge improvement for my playing style. There isn't anything I don't like about it, apart from the fact it's uncomfortable sit with. The one thing I would change about it would be change the pickups to some active ones, although this would increase price. Overall a very good guitar, I recommend it to anyone who plays metal (: // 10

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overall: 9.6
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 04, 2012
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 3

Purchased from: Al-faisaliah Mall

Features: Mine is made in India in 2010, 24 jumbo frets with rosewood fingerboard and maple neck, Indian cedro body (this wood is close to mahogany and is a good tonewood from India according to an Indian friend and is also sounding better than most Japanese and Korean made guitars), Rhoads form factor, Tune-o-matic bridge string-thru, passive electronics, a volume and a tone control, 3-way blade selector, Jackson CVR2 pickups with H/H configuration, Jackson non-locking tuners, and durable and waterproof gig bag with big pockets and embroidered with Jackson logo which is designed for most recognizable Jackson guitars to fit in, additional few bucks for a decent strap and cable will do. // 10

Sound: I play mainly doom metal, the passive electronics suits my music style very well, the stock p-ups delivered the tone that I've been looking for in a Jackson, the Indian cedro tonewood ain't bad at all, I also play black metal and death metal and this guitar sounds well on that genre as well, and the pickups sounds awesome on a cube 20xl amp that I use as a practice amp. This can do alot of sounds from Thrash to Death metal and even doom. It has a good sustain with the stock strings, .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042, the moment I restrung it D'Addario Medium top X-heavy bottoms, it sustained even better, its not noisy in all switch settings, they say its an entry-level guitar but the sound that I hear from it is like from its uncles, so all in all I recommend it to beginners and intermediate players who loved playing metal. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: My guitar came out of the factory ready to kill, the action is perfect, the bridge adjustment is awesome and pick-up adjustments are great, it ain't got any flaws, the action is perfect for stock strings, and I just reconfigured it for my new strings. As I mentioned awhile ago, I mainly played doom metal, I like this guitar's plain jet black finish, it gives a gothic and evil-ly wickded look, unlike other rhoads guitars that have graphic designs, this is very perfect finish in my opinion, suits me and my music best. // 10

Reliability & Durability: You are a foolish individual if you play on a gig without a back-up guitar, its like going to a war with out enough arsenal. This guitar will withstand live playing like all its uncles. Hardware will last of course with proper maintainance and care. Strap buttons are solid, You just need wider straps so it'll stay in place and will not slip. I just had this guitar for a week, with proper care, the finish will last. // 10

Overall Impression: I play mainly doom metal, and this guitar looks and sound gothic, it suits my musical preference and style, most metal players from beginners to intermediates will love its looks and sound. So therefore I recommend you to buy one, especially if you wanna try out a Jackson and on a tight budget. You won't regret having this guitar. I can't wish for anymore features on this guitar. I don't wanna deal with Floyd Rose bridges. I can't find anything lacking because it suits my musical preferences. Keep playing metal brothers! // 9

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overall: 9
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: unregistered, on january 04, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Features: I'm not sure when this guitar was made, but I'm pretty sure its made in India, it has 24 jumbo frets and rosewood fingerboard and maple compound radius neck, Solid top, I got mine in black, (it also comes in different colors: Inferno red and gun metal grey), Rhoads body made from Indian cedro wood (pretty good, so imagined the wood as some sort of alder), fixed TOM bridge string through body, 2 Jackson CVR2 humbucking pickups, 3way blade selector, master tone and master volume control, Jackson non-locking tuners, Gig bag included. // 9

Sound: I play mainly metal, all sorts, from the harshest to the lightest, especially death metal and doom metal, and this guitar is versatile enough to deal with my playing and musical preferences. The stock pickups give a proper heavy sound, fitted for any metal music, and delivers a good clean tone, a move on the tone control will give you a bluesy tone. I use this guitar on a Cube 40XL practice amp, the sound is blowing me every time I play, the sound is like 80's thrash metal, and if I'm using my DigiTech Death Metal pedal, on my Marshall jcm2000, it delivers a cannibal corpse like sound. This guitar inherited the trademark sound of its predecessors. This guitar is perfect for beginners and intermediate players who loves playing metal. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: Mine came of the factory ready to kill, butcher, and slaughter all other guitars in its price range, the pickups are well adjusted, the action is perfect, it stays in tune for a long time, and it can be tweaked easily if you want, like for playing in drop C. Mine doesn't have any flaws, soundwise and physical wise, wiring is good, no noise while switching pickup selector, no noise as well in all pickup positions, bridge is properly routed, a nice entry level guitar all in all, hmmm, doesn't look like an entry level guitar if you'll ask me though. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Playing live without a backup should be avoided, if a string snapped, you're done. This guitar will defenitely withstand live playing like all its predecessors, I use it along with an Ibanez XPT300, I love this one as my main guitar. I had it for only 3 weeks, and I think the hardware and the finish will last for a long time, and will definitely withstand the test of time, I'm using a Fender strap and I think the strap buttons are solid enough for this thing. The paint is very shiny and thick, so it will endure all scratches due to hard playing, but of course, with proper care and maintenance, this guitar will keep its finish for a long time. // 9

Overall Impression: Like I mentioned awhile ago, I play mainly play metal, and this guitar is very versatile for every metal music that I play. For my 5 years of playing, I've already played different guitars for metal, and I think what I have right now is piece of marvel and Legend from Jackson. Actually, I came in the this music shop to buy a Yamaha PAC120H, it has 2 humbuckers with alnico V magnets, and then I saw this gorgeous guitar, I immediately ask for it, and without any doubt, bought it with excitement, I can't wish anything for it, I don't want to deal restringing floyd rose bridges and I don't to imitate someone's sound by buying his signature guitar, I just want my own sound, and this guitar defines me and my sound. I really love its finish, its so smooth and the Rhoads style kept me looking at it everytime. The Only thing I hate about it is the single tone control, but that's just a little inconvenience and I can deal about it, I wish it came with a straplock though, lol. // 8

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overall: 9.2
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 03, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: ZZ Sound

Features: The Jackson JS32T King V electric guitar is swift, sleek and deadly - the ultimate shredding machine at a price that won't break the bank. Bursting with fret-burning flamboyance, the King V demands the loyalty of its subjects. With two high-output Jackson CVR2 humbucking pickups, string-through body design and JT390 adjustable bridge. Features: - High-output, custom voiced pickups - 24 jumbo frets - Trademark Shark fin inlays - Jackson gig bag // 9

Sound: I can get many awesome distorted sounds from this guitar through the port, but clean sounds are just average. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: I Like the 24 jumbo frets, really good the time to play, is comfortable, elegant and a touch of sparkle with inlay. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Is very powerful when seducing and bullying, which gives a confidence sensations such time to play. // 9

Overall Impression: For Music Core, Death and Metalcore, basically, is very good, has a high-pitched tone which is perfect for a harmonic or a solo very fast. // 9

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overall: 8.2
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: mecan1, on may 22, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: C$ 290

Purchased from: Long and McQuades

Features: This guitar has a floyd rose tremolo bridge and a locking tuner. It has 24 jumbo frets and has a great abstract "V" shape that's perfect for metal and hard rock. It has a volume and tone knob, with a 3-way switcher. It came with a universal Jackson gig bag, which has been very durable for me. Came with two Jackson brand pickups. // 7

Sound: Sounds great for metal-hard rock-grunge. It's always an awesome guitar to show-off because of it's abstract shape. I love to use distortion for heavy riffs and solo with my EVH Wah. It's great with bending, and the sound is everything you want from a rock guitar. Great for licks, riffs, and solos. Chords, not so much. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: There are no flaws on the Jackson yet, except for a defect in the cable jack. A replacement will easily fix that, screw out, screw in. // 8

Reliability & Durability: The guitar has been onstage for several occasions, and has performed well throughout. The strap buttons are bigger than most, making it reliable, but strap locks are always recommended. It has lasted for over three years, and looks to last more. Backup guitars are always welcome, but seldom used for this Jackson. // 9

Overall Impression: This is great for Metallica, Bullet For My Valentine, Three Days Grace, and any other hard rock music you want to play. I love this guitar and I loved the price for it. Definitely a must-have for a metalhead shredder. // 8

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overall: 7.8
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: quenthel, on august 14, 2013
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: € 150

Purchased from: eBay

Features: I needed a guitar to be permanently tuned to Standard D and didn't want to use one of my other guitars for that purpose. This came at a reasonable price and its owner had replaced the standard humbucker pickups with two Duncan Designed, one of them apparently related to Dave Mustaine (but I couldn't get any more details about that). I've heard horror stories about stock Ibanez and Jackson pickups, so this counted as a plus at the time. Apart from the pickups and a nasty break in the shorter (bottom) edge of the guitar (with the wood chipped as well) the guitar is a standard JS32T Rhoads. The Indian Cedar from which this is made is surprisingly light (perhaps TOO light) and with the bolt-on neck being too thin from what I'm used to, this feels like I'm holding a ukulele. I wish it had locking tuners; personally, I really dislike nonlocking ones, but they seem to hold a tuning acceptably well. Apart from that, it is cheap and it shows. If it weren't for the replaced pickups I would only award it a 6 out of 10. (The rating does not take into account the crack on the edge of the body). // 7

Sound: I play a variety of musical styles ranging from fusion and blues to metal and ambient, though I mostly like messing around with rock and Traditional heavy metal (nothing extreme though). Coming from a Cort KX Custom (my first guitar; still great) and an ESP Eclipse II (my second one) I found the sound to be disappointing at first; too thin and tinny, lacking important fundamentals that made even 4-string power chords sound as if they were coming from a radio speaker. Unfortunately, I cannot know the difference between those "Duncan Designed" pickups and the original ones the guitar had, but I doubt the situation would be improved. After replacing the .09 strings with .11 ones the sound improved a bit and by tuning it a whole step down it now classifies as acceptable. It still sounds a bit thin (thinner than both the Cort and the ESP, which have SD JB/59 and EMG 81/60 respectively) but the sound is usable and rather gratifying, plus I doubt I could tell the difference in the mix after processing has been applied. * I don't have my Marshall amp with me at home due to space constraints; I always use my DAW and studio monitors with VST plugins, unless I'm playing live. While you could argue that this cannot match the performance of a real amp, the comparisons with my other guitars are made using this same setup. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar needed intonation configuration and the pickups needed to be lowered (due to the magnetic interference on the strings), but the truss rod and the fret-job were pristine. I like my action as low as I can get it and on this one I managed to get 1mm on the high E and 1.5mm on the low E with almost non-existent fret buzzing. Due to such a low action and the thinness of the neck, I got a bit disoriented at first (being used to my other guitars) but it allows for fast shredding with minimal finger stretching. It's definitely something you get used to and I personally don't mind having to adapt to different instruments. // 8

Reliability & Durability: Despite its lightness, the guitar seems to be able to withstand catastrophic damage (it has done so once already according to the seller), though I wouldn't trust any guitar to not have a backup. The whole build seems quite cheap when you first get your hands on it due to its weight, but after using it for a while I can say that it's probably going to last you for quite a few years with proper handling. The finish is thick (though generic) and apparently there were two coats of it (primer + top coat?). I am afraid I don't exactly know what materials used in it however, but it'd certainly need a lot of sandpaper to get the wood to appear. // 9

Overall Impression: It's a cheap guitar which I wanted for a specific purpose. I don't think it will ever be my primary instrument, though for a beginner it's a much better choice than your typical Fender ripoff (but that's just my personal opinion). I've been playing for about 11 years, starting when I was 20. As for the gear, I mentioned already that I own a Cort KX Custom which was my first guitar and still is excellent and which I usually use for lead parts, and an Eclipse II which performs very well and that I mostly use in rhythm ones. The JS32T cannot and was not meant to compared with any of these however. I don't particularly like that the fit of my Planet Waves locking strap is quite problematic in this guitar, yet I refuse to use any other strap any more. Also, I'd have liked the guitar to have been heavier and the neck a bit wider, but that's just me and my big hands. I wouldn't buy one again if it were lost or stolen however and would probably seek a guitar with an even longer scale to facilitate a Standard D tuning with reasonable hardness on the strings (I like my strings stiff and even .11s are too soft when tuned to Standard D). Bottom line: If you want a beginner guitar, it's a good choice, despite the unusual shape. Even on an intermediate level this a good option if you're on a tight budget, but I couldn't recommend it for anything more serious. // 7

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overall: 7.8
JS32T Rhoads Reviewed by: Insurgent8189, on may 10, 2016
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 269

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Features: 2016 Jackson JS32T Rhoads

  • Graphite-reinforced,bound 24 fret bolt-on maple neck
  • Basswood body
  • Gloss Black w/ White bevels
  • String-thru tune-o-matic bridge
  • Passive Jackson humbuckers
  • Jackson tuners
  • 1 vol, 1 tone, 3-way switch
  • Made in China
Classic Jackson appointments and features here. Shark fin inlays, shred friendly speed profile neck, 12"-16" compound radius fretboard.
This guitar is not aimed at pro players, but more at the bedroom practice, weekend warrior crowd. So, as expected, no ultra fancy features to speak of. Just a very cool, pointy shred machine. // 8

Sound: This thing screams THRASH METAL in looks and tone. I'm an EMG guy, and actually planned on upgrading the pickups later down the road, but the more I play on these pups, the less reasons I can find to replace them. The bridge pickup is bright and crunchy, and the neck is hot yet fluid, very good for single note passages and shred. The pickups are Jackson branded, but are actually manufactured by a Chinese company called Belcat. Normally their stuff is kind of throw away, but I'm loving the sound of these. The pickups are rather inconsistent though. Some are hot and bright, others are muddy and lifeless. I got lucky, but your mileage may vary.

This guitar really shines in an ocean of high gain. I've been able to coax some decent clean tones out of it, but nothing spectacular. Anyone even considering buying this axe is really only concerned with one thing: METAL. And that is exactly what you get. Admittedly this is a one trick pony.

Spoiler Alert: I didn't buy a Jackson Rhoads to play smooth jazz.

It serves it's purpose well. I haven't noticed any humming or crackling from the electronics. This thing is dead quiet until you start playing power chords and triplets at 220 bpm. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: This is where things get a little hairy. The guitar I currently own is actually my second, as the first instrument I brought home was riddled with issues. The frets were not properly crowned and polished, and upon closer inspection, still had file marks on them towards the higher frets. Playing in the upper register was uncomfortable. It felt, for lack of a better word, scratchy. The neck pocket was absolutely jacked. The neck itself did not even make contact with the walls of said pocket, and sat at an absurd angle to the body. I understand this is not a custom shop, or even a $500 guitar. I don't expect a marvel of modern engineering from a chunk of wood that cost less than 300 bucks, but damn. What I got was a "5 o'clock on a Friday" guitar. How it escaped quality control, I may never know. On a side note, when I opened the box, the fretboard was BONE DRY. So dry in fact, that it appeared to be in danger of cracking. To be fair, that was fixed with some gorgomyte and fretboard oil, but I don't feel it's something I should have had to do. As I recall, the rest of the instrument was fine. No hardware issues to speak of, although the pickups were awfully dull and muddy, but the finish was impeccable. The black with white bevels is just eye catching. The factory setup wasn't great, but I do all my own setups anyway, so I expected a little work walking into the purchase, so I won't deduct any points there.

I don't blame Guitar Center for this. The guys at my local store are top notch, and didn't give me any trouble whatsoever upon returning it. I was a little displeased with Jackson though.. A guitar in that shape should have never left the factory. Period.

Now, on to the guitar I exchanged it for. Exact same model, but the quality difference is huge. The heel fits in the neck pocket well, and the angle at which it sits is much more reasonable. Frets like butter. I did notice the fretboard seemed a little dry, but nothing like the previous, and again, nothing a little oil won't fix. The hardware is all on point, and the finish still beautiful. I immediately noticed the pickups on this guy are MUCH hotter and actually sound great to my ears. Worlds of improvement.

All in all, The guitar I decided to keep is awesome. I am really putting some miles on it. But, I should have been able to open the box and fall in love with my new guitar, not notice a handful of problems and have to ask for a replacement. I hate to say it... But I know that if these guitars were being built anywhere else in the world it would have been a totally different experience. I was a bit hesitant to pull the trigger on this guitar because of its Chinese origin. I was really hoping that my fears would be proved unfounded. Unfortunately my experience reinforced my weariness of Chinese made items. For this reason, even though the guitar I now own is great, it scores poorly here. // 5

Reliability & Durability: This guitar is not a toy. I haven't put it through its paces live, but I would not be afraid to. I immediately installed Duncan straplocks. I believe they are a worthwhile investment on any guitar. As stated previously, the hardware on this guy is solid. I do plan on replacing the nut and bridge, but that is for my own personal enjoyment and customization purposes, and is not by any means necessary. The tuners are holding up very well. In my experience, Jackson tuners are solid. I can bend to the heavens and drop tune, and so far they haven't budged. The guitar naturally wants to rest in the classical position, both sitting and standing, and I find it very comfortable to play either way. Other than my rather salty run in with the quality control issues mentioned before, I have no worthwhile complaints. // 9

Overall Impression: I've always hated when people say, "this guitar plays well for the price." It is my opinion that bringing up price when talking about a guitars playability cheapens the enjoyment of that playability. Overall, this is a great playing guitar. It's a great looking guitar. This is a great sounding guitar. I am satisfied with my purchase. I own many Jackson's, and this keeps up with the rest of them just fine. I guess it would be cool if it came with a bone nut, or a gig bag, or a myriad of other trinkets and upgraded features, but at that rate, why not spring for an X-Series or Pro-series? This guitar, or any of the JS models, are an awesome value, and if one did so choose, could be upgraded to the sky. I have no doubt that it will last until I'm old and grey. Be aware of the build quality of the instrument, play before you buy, get a good setup, and shred that motherfucker loud enough to wake the dead. // 8

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