JS-800 Del Mar Standard review by Johnson

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 7.4 (76 votes)
Johnson: JS-800 Del Mar Standard

Sound — 8
This guitar, with it's replaced pickups, suits my style rather well. Before I replaced the pickups, the guitar was rather bluesy and jazzy, and sounded pretty excellent, but lacked power. Now, I can still get that same bluesy, jazzy aspect, but I can explore an entirely new world of rock, and even metal, (but I don't play metal). The pickups through my Peavey century head are rather quiet, and stay that way as the gain is cranked. The old pickups, I remember, were rather noisey, but again, 15$ pickups, 15$ setup, and you're good. I would rate the sound of the old guitar at a 7, but now it gets an 8.5.

Overall Impression — 8
I like this guitar, and it fits me rather well. I think that I am still being shaped by this guitar, rather than shaping it. This fits many styles very well, and with its 15$ replacement set of pickups, it sounds very good. If it were stolen/lost, I'd go to louisiana on my upcoming family vacation, find a wood supplier, buy some quilt maple and mahogany and make my own guitar. Fave feature - neck. Like the neck, hate the tremolo. I seriously wish that it had a neck angle, as I think that these feel better, and maybe a maple fretboard, as I have never played a quality one.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Strap buttons are no good. Period. I've had them slip on me a couple times. I certainly hope that it isn't my strap, but I would definately recommend some 10$ strap locks. The rest of the guitar is very dependable. The trem, which I don't use, is good for basic vibrato. The hardware is solid, and rather nicely chromed. I would use this without a backup, because I don't own one, but some times the jack has become disconnected, but usually it's my fault. This guitar has been dropped a few times, but I wouldn't try to go on without strap locks. The finish is good, but I have managed to chip it by flogging it good.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The factory action was rather nice, although the frets weren't so polished. The bridge was routed excellently, as were all the cavities for pickups. The pickup adjustment was okay, until I mess'd it up. The nut is slightly sharp, and the fret ends were okay. The wood sounds pretty good, and the finish was fairly strong (but I routinely flog my guitars). I must say that I much prefer natural to black, although I didn't when I bought it. The finish is rather shiny and nice. Setup gets a 8, but the setup I got in the states makes it look like nothing.

Features — 6
This guitar, which I believe was made 2004 in china, is a rather nice investment considering some of the other rubbish I've seen. This guitar came with some lackluster pickups, which I soon replaced for an overwound set (15$), a strap, cord, amp, which I blew, and a gig bag, which is crap. That being said, this instrument is rather good. The trem, which I have set up to be practically a hardtail, works rather well, though obviously not suited for dive-bombs. It's basically a Mexico Strat quality, with the same configuration. Generic tuners work very well, and the neck is very inviting, with a $15 set-up. It feels smooth and round, unlike some other Behringer copies I've seen. the intonation, like I said, has been set up, but has never gone out since.

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