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Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar  

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    Powerful Duncan pups and a scalloped neck joint.

    The Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar is both a looker and a screamer with Seymour Duncan STK-1s in the neck/mid and a Duncan JB in the bridge position and flashy finishes. The alder body is fitted with a shred-eriffic rock maple neck and a bound compound-radius rosewood fretboard. Transparent finish models have a stunning flamed maple top. A scalloped heel means uninhibited access to the upper frets, while a Floyd Rose double-locking trem let's you dive as deep as you want. A deluxe Jackson molded case by SKB comes with the package to protect your investment and keep it looking good.

    Jackson's compound-radius fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out. With a more relaxed hand, you'll play better.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Alder body with flamed maple top (transparent finishes only)
    • Made in the Japanese factory that has been making Jacksons for export for more than 20 years
    • Rock maple bolt-on neck
    • Bound rosewood compound-radius fingerboard
    • Seymour Duncan pickups: STK-1 single-coil (mid and neck), JB TB4 humbucker (bridge)
    • 24 Jumbo frets
    • matching headstock with pinstripe
    • Jackson-licensed Floyd Rose low-profile double locking trem
    • Sharkfin inlays
    • Ivoroid binding
    • Black hardware
    • Sealed die-cast tuners
    • Floyd Rose Licensed Jackson Low Profile JT580 LP double-locking 2-Point Tremolo

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    DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar Specifications:

    • 25-1/2" scale length
    • Neck dimensions: 1st fret: .735", 12th fret .810"
    • 1-11/16" nut width
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    JacksonDK2 Dinky Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 15 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value for a classic metal guitar

    I bought this guitar for playing 80's heavy metal (Dokken, Ozzy). I've been a life-long Fender Stratocaster player. This guitar has the advantage over the Fender Strat of the compound radius...Read complete review

    I bought this guitar for playing 80's heavy metal (Dokken, Ozzy). I've been a life-long Fender Stratocaster player. This guitar has the advantage over the Fender Strat of the compound radius fret board that allows you to play leads much faster and with a lower action. It is lighter and 7/8 the size of a standard strat. Balance is still good. The sound is versatile due to the HSS pickup configuration with a 5-position switch. The tremolo is the biggest drawback. It stays in tune (I have to assume that the other reviewers with a complaint about it going out of tune is due to not stretching out new strings or not tightening the locking nut correctly). The problem is that the metal is very soft and I would exect it to wear out fairly quickly. Unfortunately an Original Floyd Rose made in Germany will not fit this guitar without routing showing and further routing to make it fit. The bottom line: this is definitely a nice addition to my collection of a '96 Fender Roadhouse American Strat and a '85 Fender super strat with the Series one locking tremolo (MIJ). It is competitively priced and a good value.
    The features of this guitar are more than adequate. The tremolo is OK. You will have some durability issues because the floor plate of the tremolo is zinc rather than steel. It stays in tune with the locking nut holding the strings securely (GHS Boomers .009). The compound radius fret board is the guitar's greatest feature. It is a very fast neck that is comfortable in smaller hands. The HSS layout and a 5-position switch allows for a great variety of sounds. The bridge pickup is fairly hot and produces a good classic 80's sound. The bridge pickup is mellow. Overall it took some fiddling with the bass and trebble on my amp to get a good sound, but once dialed in the guitar sounds great. It is heavy on the bass. On a clean channel, you can actually use the guitar for jazz! On a drive channel with the gain way up, you can get a good early Ozzy sound.
    Workmanship is high, as one would expect for made in Japan.
    The guitar is a good value. It offers the features one would expect of a Jackson that is comparable to the guitars Jackson was building in the 1980's.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Close but no cigar!

    First off, I have given this guitar a considerable amount of playing time before righting this review. I have owned this guitar now for an entire and year, and it's not all its...Read complete review

    First off, I have given this guitar a considerable amount of playing time before righting this review. I have owned this guitar now for an entire and year, and it's not all its cracked up to be. Considering this guitar costs $800 brand new, I have to say the overall quality of the instrument is disappointing. My first major problem is with the Jackson-licensed Floyd-Rose. It is simply put, garbage. It doesn't stay in tune at all. If I so much as do a single dive bomb, the guitar comes completely out of tune. I have to tune it at least once a day, which is a major hassle. The next major issue is the complete lack of sustain this guitar has. I would be lucky if I can hold a note for longer than 5 seconds with this guitar. I don't know if its the bolt-on neck or what, but the lack of sustain is completely unacceptable for a guitar in this price range. Also, the placement of the volume knob is rather awkward in the way that is makes palm muting much more difficult than it should be. All of these negatives aside, I have to say that I do really like the feel of the neck, that seems to be the only thing that Jackson knows how to make right on this guitar. The picks are "eh" in my opinion, they don't squeal like I would like them to, but overall they are alright. Overall, for a guitar in this price range, it should at minimum have a REAL Floyd-Rose and a neck-through construction, then it would be a competitive ax to be reckoned with! I also own a Gibson SG, a Dean V Inferno, and an ESP Alexi-600, and I have to say that this Jackson is my least favorite of all my guitars and falls short of all my other guitars that were in the same price range. I only use this guitar for practicing, NEVER for gigging or recording with!

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    5.0

    Wicked Guitar!

    By Cedric Angers-Leclerc

    from Quebec, Canada

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    Fantastic guitar, nice slim neck, easy access to higher fret, wicked look and great electronic. Overall this guitar is just amazing I'm a big fan of seymour duncan pick up and the set of two STK-1 middle and neck and one JB in the bridge is just awesome. The JB give you that ferocious metal sound and the the two STK-1 Give you sweet lead tones. The guitar also come with a 5 way pick up selector for plenty of versatility. The construction is just brilliant the guitar is well balanced and the neck feel awesome. Only drawback I would have to say is that it can get out of tune pretty quick if you do insane floyd stuff.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good value for a classic metal guitar

    By Greg Olsen

    from San Ramon, CA

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar for playing 80's heavy metal (Dokken, Ozzy). I've been a life-long Fender Stratocaster player. This guitar has the advantage over the Fender Strat of the compound radius fret board that allows you to play leads much faster and with a lower action. It is lighter and 7/8 the size of a standard strat. Balance is still good. The sound is versatile due to the HSS pickup configuration with a 5-position switch. The tremolo is the biggest drawback. It stays in tune (I have to assume that the other reviewers with a complaint about it going out of tune is due to not stretching out new strings or not tightening the locking nut correctly). The problem is that the metal is very soft and I would exect it to wear out fairly quickly. Unfortunately an Original Floyd Rose made in Germany will not fit this guitar without routing showing and further routing to make it fit. The bottom line: this is definitely a nice addition to my collection of a '96 Fender Roadhouse American Strat and a '85 Fender super strat with the Series one locking tremolo (MIJ). It is competitively priced and a good value.
    The features of this guitar are more than adequate. The tremolo is OK. You will have some durability issues because the floor plate of the tremolo is zinc rather than steel. It stays in tune with the locking nut holding the strings securely (GHS Boomers .009). The compound radius fret board is the guitar's greatest feature. It is a very fast neck that is comfortable in smaller hands. The HSS layout and a 5-position switch allows for a great variety of sounds. The bridge pickup is fairly hot and produces a good classic 80's sound. The bridge pickup is mellow. Overall it took some fiddling with the bass and trebble on my amp to get a good sound, but once dialed in the guitar sounds great. It is heavy on the bass. On a clean channel, you can actually use the guitar for jazz! On a drive channel with the gain way up, you can get a good early Ozzy sound.
    Workmanship is high, as one would expect for made in Japan.
    The guitar is a good value. It offers the features one would expect of a Jackson that is comparable to the guitars Jackson was building in the 1980's.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Masterpiece

    By Scott-Jw8iC

    from denver

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I've had zero problems with mine. Stays in tune after mad whammy action,...perfect fit and finish,..the ones whocomplain must not know what they are doing with this guitar. It's a work of art.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Its pretty good

    By Toaster515

    from illinois

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar i think a year or so ago and i was generally pleased with it. I have an issue with the rose as well as other reviewers, the tuning was never a trouble for me, but the bar itself sucked. The volume nob also came completly undone and now it rolls around. Apart from that, the neck is nice, my inlays wernt trouble, and the bridge pick can put some punch out there, the neck and center sorta suck, i adjusted them and it helped a little, but still not happy. overall, im not upset with the buy, and its been a reliable guitar for jamming and a little gigging. If you have the cash go for a higher model ibanez, but if not, cant go wrong with this piece.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    DK2 Dinky

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I have owned this guitar for two years. Features get a 4 because the wannabe floyd is about worthless. cant yank up very far on it and it knocks the guitar out of tune quite often when you bomb it. quality gets a 4 because the paint on mine chipped easily and the inlays were poorly fitted. value gets a 3.5 because for the same price i could have gotten a neck thru axe with better pups from any number of manufacturers. bottom line is this is more of a glam guitar than a metal guitar. great lead tones. but kind of flat bottom end without an eq. Not a buyer beware review just know "your" tone

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Close but no cigar!

    By Unbiased Reviewer-9LRZE

    from Louisville, KY

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    First off, I have given this guitar a considerable amount of playing time before righting this review. I have owned this guitar now for an entire and year, and it's not all its cracked up to be. Considering this guitar costs $800 brand new, I have to say the overall quality of the instrument is disappointing. My first major problem is with the Jackson-licensed Floyd-Rose. It is simply put, garbage. It doesn't stay in tune at all. If I so much as do a single dive bomb, the guitar comes completely out of tune. I have to tune it at least once a day, which is a major hassle. The next major issue is the complete lack of sustain this guitar has. I would be lucky if I can hold a note for longer than 5 seconds with this guitar. I don't know if its the bolt-on neck or what, but the lack of sustain is completely unacceptable for a guitar in this price range. Also, the placement of the volume knob is rather awkward in the way that is makes palm muting much more difficult than it should be. All of these negatives aside, I have to say that I do really like the feel of the neck, that seems to be the only thing that Jackson knows how to make right on this guitar. The picks are "eh" in my opinion, they don't squeal like I would like them to, but overall they are alright. Overall, for a guitar in this price range, it should at minimum have a REAL Floyd-Rose and a neck-through construction, then it would be a competitive ax to be reckoned with! I also own a Gibson SG, a Dean V Inferno, and an ESP Alexi-600, and I have to say that this Jackson is my least favorite of all my guitars and falls short of all my other guitars that were in the same price range. I only use this guitar for practicing, NEVER for gigging or recording with!

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My god...

    By Golfisthebest

    from Australia

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    This guitar has everything. The neck is perfect for my style of playing- reeeeeeaaaly fast! The bridge humbucker (JB model) pickup is unbeatable in terms of output and clarity. the middle and neck pickups are (surprisingly) single coils with relatively low output yet this was of no concern! All this means is that the sound can be manipulated even more. On a clean channel, the tone of the neck pickup is beautiful. With full distortion and with some nice delay, you can get a great sound with the bridge pickup. For any true guitar player, look no further.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Jackson DK2 Dinky Eerie Dess Swirl

    By ShawnR

    from Ocean City, MD

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I've owned my Jackson for 3 years and it has been my main guitar for 3 years. I LOVE everything about it. The action out of the box was perfect. The string locks are a GREAT feature. I only tune it once a week or so despite playing it every day. The neck is a dream come true. I generally play metalcore and the neck can't be beaten, its so smooth and fast.The Seymour Duncans are also a great touch, their sound is perfect. The bridge humbucker is great for metal/ punk, the neck and middle single coils are solid for anything clean, i.e. jazz, reggae, etc. I've replaced the most stock pickups in my other guitars to SDs because of the sound i found in my Jackson.This is a great investment and i highly recommend it.

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    5.0

    Great guitar/great company

    By Loyal customer

    from northern Virginia

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I bought a "used" DK2 Dinky from Musician's Friend for a great price. The picture on the website must have had the defect enlarged 10 times...it is barely noticeable and I am thrilled. Set-up was perfect on delivery. This is an awesome guitar with a super-fast neck. Great tone. Volume knob could be further back for my tastes. You can't go wrong with Jackson or Musician's Friend.

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    5.0

    very nice guitar

    By lespaul4life-mKj42

    from Roanoke VA.

    Comments about Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar:

    I ordered my guitar on monday and recieved it on thursday on time as usual. Let me start by saying this is one very nice looking guitar the pics on here do not do itt justice. Mine came set up ok I will need to lower the action but othe than that it was good. The fret work on this guitar was to die for with no snags or high spots. the neck reminds me of a 50's style strat not too thick not too thin just right in my opinion. The body is very comfortable to play sitting down and it was also very well balanced. i havent played it hanging from a strap yet but ill bet it will be very comfortable as it is light weight and the contoured body is small and shaped perfectly in my opinion. this is a great guitar and i would recommend it to anyone for any genre of music two thumbs up.

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