JD-905 Goth review by J&D

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.4 Neat
  • Users' score: 3.1 (7 votes)
J&D: JD-905 Goth
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Price paid: € 200

Purchased from: Rainbow Music Croatia

Sound — 7
As far as music goes, it' suits me great I can't complain...I mostly play metal with lost of fast tremolos and melodies so anything from ol heavy, trash to melodic death, even lately trying to do some tehnical death...I have a Marshall MG30 DFX 80 watts, probably you all know it, and no efect pedals or anything aside cause I want to get the best sound out of the guitar so it's just the guitar, amp and me...Noises, I have them cause sometimes I'm kinda sloopy at playing (tired or something eles is f***ing me in the head) so mostly it's me...I had a 12 fret G string ring out (harmony) but I fixed it in a way that I raised the bridge (and I'm very comfortable with the height of the bridge)...the noise is mostly when played through overdrive as you can guess, but on clean, you can play decent solos (even fast ones) without any ringout, it's great...well as it's a very fast guitar (thin neck) you (I can't so it's maybe just me) can't play let's say chords fast very clearly on a thin neck (I have quite long fingers so I lose lots of time when changing from chord to chord fast but again it can be just me)...

Overall Impression — 6
As I said before I play everything fast and melodic, so I can say for the amount of money I had and the opportunity I got a great guitar, I developed fast through last year and a half cause I was and still am practicing almost every day from minimum 2 to 5, somedays 8 hours just picking strings or exercise... I it were stolen, I would buy myself some better guitar, something that is cheaper but better, in my case Scehters, they are quite cheap around here (500 upwards)...there you go, not much of help just a review about my (poor) ''gear''...

Reliability & Durability — 5
Live playing...in my 3 years of playing I didn't have the opportunity to play live, even small 15-20 min. gigs, but I think it would stand those small gigs, but I wouldn't play it without a back-up guitar... As it goes for the hardware, unfortunately it a cheap guitar and something would mess up if it would fall or simillar...I know, cause it felt once on the neck and nothing worse happend, just the fret treshold(?) was damaged but I got used to it, it has a buzzy sound 9th fret G string...since the finish is matt, it wores off on the places where you lean your hand (elbow towards your fist)...

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
To tell you the truth, I don't remember about action and that stuff ( I bought it 3 years ago) but as far as I think it was made to plug in and play, hah...for the flaws, there was some white stainds and still is I can't tell you what it is but I think something used in the process of making or while the guitar was being transported, maybe to protect the matt finish...overall not the best treatment cause it is a cheap guitar (even though 200 is not small money, but for us it's a fortune to get a new guitar for that price), but still not as it is garbage...

Features — 7
Not sure about the year but I think somewere around 2005, not sure... spec: Construction: All Black Finish Body: Solid wood Neck: H.Maple Nut: 5mm Black Fingerboard: Rosewood w/Bat Inlay Machine Head: Die-Cast Tremolo: Standard Hardware: Matt Chrome Pickups: Cover, S-S-H, Black (as I've been told high output) Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5 Way SW there you go, as far as I've red about other guitars, nothing special but still it's a solid guitar for beginners who want to develope fast, since it's a lead guitar...the only thing I find annoying are tuners, the guitar goes out of tune almost every time I stop playing for a couple of days, maybe it's because I lean it on the wall cause it's kinda messy lately at home (don't worry, I keep it in a gig bag) but still they are kinda loose and I didn't find a way to tighten them or won't mess around cause it's the only guitar I have, no money...

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Spine V.
    ummm, well I'm not sure on their site there is nothing saying what wood exactly (I can't tell from feeling, I'm not that good )...the neck is very thin, I would say half the fat of Ibanez necks (my friend has one older Ibanez though don't know what model), it's very fast which I find it very usefull for nailing down solos very fast but the fingerboard wood get ''cuts'' with time, it's not the best fingerboard wood but it doesn't effect the sound which is sound plus, but visual minus...
    Spine V.
    Spine V. wrote: ummm, well I'm not sure on their site there is nothing saying what wood exactly (I can't tell from feeling, I'm not that good )...the neck is very thin, I would say half the fat of Ibanez necks (my friend has one older Ibanez though don't know what model), it's very fast which I find it very usefull for nailing down solos very fast but the fingerboard wood get ''cuts'' with time, it's not the best fingerboard wood but it doesn't effect the sound which is sound plus, but visual minus...
    hope this helps you somehow, better google it if you need something more...
    moose1512
    instead of practicing 5-8 hours a day, how about learning your basics about guitars, the names of the parts, what wood and materials your gear is, and how they all work before writing a review aimed at potential buyers, saying is a "great value for money" but the hardware breaks, the fretboard is damaged, the finish was stained, the tuners are awefull but i assume you dont know how to setup your guitars well, if at all . Please learn basics before trying to review gear.
    katalyzt13
    Spine, I think the problem you're talking about with your fretboard is just because the fretboard is really dried out. Try using some Lemon Oil and rub it into the fretboard...just a few drops at a time.
    Spine V.
    Spine, I think the problem you're talking about with your fretboard is just because the fretboard is really dried out. Try using some Lemon Oil and rub it into the fretboard...just a few drops at a time. [/quote] tnx, I'll try that ...
    Spine V.
    moose1512 wrote: instead of practicing 5-8 hours a day, how about learning your basics about guitars, the names of the parts, what wood and materials your gear is, and how they all work before writing a review aimed at potential buyers, saying is a "great value for money" but the hardware breaks, the fretboard is damaged, the finish was stained, the tuners are awefull but i assume you dont know how to setup your guitars well, if at all . Please learn basics before trying to review gear.
    I didn't said ''great value for money'', just that it's good guitar to start and to play various stiles and has a great sound...and yeah you can't find new guitar over here for that price that is in range of gibsons, ibanez and ''big ones''...and when I got it, I was thinking about a guitar with wich I can achieve what I have, and now onwards I'm thinking about buying much better guitar, but in time cause money doesn't fall from the sky (at least not for me)...for the budget I've had in that time it was a great deal, since I bought the guitar and amp together...