JT-133 review by Jay Turser

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (26 votes)
Jay Turser: JT-133

Price paid: $ 280

Purchased from: Players Row Music Supply

Sound — 8
I play mostly alternative and punk, such as Paramor, Sick Puppies, Social Distortion, Green Day, etc. Using a Spider III 15W at the moment but played it through my friends Fender Frontman and it sounded phenomenal for a guitar in this price range. Because of the humbuckers its not a noisy guitar but being a semi hollow it can feed back. The bridge pickup can be a bit harsh so I usually mellow it out with the tone knob, The bridge is perfect for distorted stuff and the neck pickup gives it almost an acoustic tone. Put a set of 10's on it and dropped it a half step and sounds way better.

Overall Impression — 9
The guitar suits my style just fine, been playing on the verge of 3 years now and have played Fenders, Gibson, Jackson's etc. This guitar can give an Epiphone Dot a run for its money for sure. If lost or stolen I probably would buy a Telecaster but whatever. If looking for a guitar thats cheap and plays good buy one, but try to play it first, there can be gems and turds depending on the guitar

Reliability & Durability — 7
I have used it for 2 gigs already and I have had no problems with it. I always have a back up no matter what the guitar is, but it seems like a very well made guitar. I think it will last for a while but I would replace the hardware before major gigging. If its nor beat on it will withstand quite a bit. Because I'm a reserved player I usually don't have this problem.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
I don't know how it was set up from the factory because I bought it from a music store that sets them up prior but played really good when I brought it home. There are a couple of black spots under the finish but nothing major. The tuners will need to be replaced ASAP. Trying to tune is a pain in the butt. Once in tune though it stays in tune. Going to replace the nut soon but it will do in the mean time.

Features — 8
An '08 Jay Turser JT-133. It has a 22 Fret set-neck in a maple body. A copy of a Gibson ES-335 but I would compare it more to an Epiphone Dot. It has the standard Gibson controls. Two tone controls and two volume controls. 3-way switch with a Tune-O-Matic bridge and generic non locking tuners.

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