KVX10 King V review by Jackson

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  • Sound: 5
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.6 (203 votes)
Jackson: KVX10 King V
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Purchased from: american musical supply

Sound — 5
I play metal (rhythm and lead). This guitar is all about metal. I use a Behringer gmx 212 amp. My amp sounds like it's holding back a little. A distortion pedal might help a little but I think the source of the problem is the pickups in this guitar. Authentic duncans would probably make my amp roar, and therefore I wouldn't need a pedal. The pickups aren't really too hot. The tone knob works great, I can really hear a difference when turning it. The volume knob is another story. It goes from loud to nothing, no graduation. I can't hear much difference when moving the pickup switch, again this could be the pickups fault. This guitar sounds ok, but with better pickups it would be insane.

Overall Impression — 8
I'm crazy about the V. It's vecious. Totally metal. I was in awe when I got this guitar. It's extremely comfortable to play while standing, not so much sitting, but Who cares. I'm replacing the pickups with a Duncan distortion in the bridge and a Duncan '59 in the neck. This will probably be the best guitar I've ever played when that's done. It's built well, with good materials (except the pickups).

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is scary tough. It has the same effect as a gun on most people. They're flat out scared to hold it. The woods are great. All the knobs are solid and the pickup Switch is real nice. I already said I didn't like the pickups. Better tuning knobs might make a small amount of difference. I play pretty rough, and the guitar keeps it's tune pretty well.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The guitar felt good when I first got it, but after changing the strings a few times and not being careful the bridge got altered. I could easily fix this myself if I knew how. The pickups on it are kinda low. I heard there thould be a space of about 1/8 of an inch when pressing the strings on the highest fret. My guitar has a space of more than a 1/4 inch. Not too good. This can all be fixed very quickly at a guitar shop for about $40 if you don't know how to do it yourself. My guitar was nicked at the point of one of the wings. I knew it was a dent and scratch model. Other than that the guitar was in great condition. The neck is very comfortable for my style: fast, technical rhythms and atmospheric leads. I love the way my picking forearm rests on the wing when I'm playing.

Features — 6
I don't know when this guitar was made. I got it in July of 2006. It was a dent and scratch model. No biggie, just a minor chip. It must have been made a while ago though, because Jackson has been putting tremolos on the x series for a while now. Mine doesn't have the tremolo. 24 frets, jumbo. Maple neck, rosewood fret. Alder body, bolt-on maple neck, just like a $1200 Fender. Glossy finish. V-shape. String thru body. 1 volume 1 tuner and a 3 way Switch. 2 humbuckers, duncan designed. Jackson tuners.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    rockonmetallica
    gawwwwd i want one!!! jus lookin at it makes me drool from the reviews it sounds pretty good, think i'll get 1 with a floyd rose
    DenHond
    rockonmetallica wrote: gawwwwd i want one!!! jus lookin at it makes me drool from the reviews it sounds pretty good, think i'll get 1 with a floyd rose
    there is only one model : with a floid rose... the old model hasn't one
    Hanger 17 wrote: Would you get obne of these over an ESP?
    yes !
    Corpsegrinder7
    floyd rose? FLOYD ROSE!! YOU FANNYS!!! get a kahler! slayer realised how much better kahlers were when the put them on...oh yeah... ALL OF THEIR GUITARS! but i do intend on buying on of these mother****ersas they are sweeeeet
    Corpsegrinder7
    I got mine today then sent it away to have duncan jazz and jb pickups put in then im considering putting a kahler in instead cause kahlers kick so much more ass then floyd roses do
    tomisfatt01
    im getting one of these guitars.. played it in a shop today and it was great. I play alot of BFMV stuff (no im not emo i like the music) and its great for it. (Y)
    colton.
    yeah im thinking about getting one of these too.. now all i gotta do is get the money. uggh.
    iTzMaTT
    I'm thinking of getting one of these with Floyd Rose double locking tremolo and a neck locking tremolo as well. Thanks for this review, I want to play metal with this so ****ing bad!
    cravetec
    I bought my KVX10 in August of 2006.. One of the older models with through body set up.. Played it till my fingers bled.. Great action.. Great sound.. Loved it till I got my DK2M Dinky Pro.. Love it still but not as much as my Dinky.. Still kicks ass over my Ibanez tho.. I've played a heap of guitars.. NOTHING, and I mean nothing comes close to either of my Jacksons..