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Hot active pups and cool transparent finishes.
EMG-81 and 85 high-output humbuckers produce scorching tone while the compound-radius rosewood fretboard curves dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for wide bends without fretting out. Yank those notes right on up to ecstasy with the recessed-cavity, Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking tremolo system. Includes deluxe Jackson molded case by SKB.
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Reviewed by 21 customers
I truly love it. It has an incredible sound clean, and really sounded even more amazing when I cranked up the gain. I have the action set low, and am really able to shred on it. One thing: there is a significant sized spot where the laquer on the neck behind the seventh fret is missing, and it sort of gives it a cool worn look, but still, it was supposed to be new. That made me mad. I never pursued getting a new neck, though I should have. And also, I have the flat black finish, and I think it looks the best, but it shows wear much faster than the gloss finish, and wiping off fingerprints takes more time and effort. I give it a 9.5 out of 10, it rocks.
Thought I would do an update after having this guitar now for a few years - still rocking on! Bottom line, this guitar is a beast and can play just about any style. Sure, it's setup screams "Metal and Hard Rock"... but you can accomplish so much more. Neck is great and smooth and fast - where it really shines is the pickups. Simply put, I just can't find anything better than the EMG 81/85 pups that are in it. They are clean and hot - will push your amp hard but will clean up nicely. Floyd Rose isn't original, but who cares? It floats nice and stays in tune. In four years of HARD playing (I play everything from Metal to Jazz on this thing and it can take a beating) I've only had to replace 1 saddle.. not a big deal at all. Things will wear and that's a given. Fret's and fretboard have held up well... just a great guitar and I love it!
this guitar is great for all genres and i have owned it for two years now. The only problem i had with it was the cheap rip off floyd rose. if you are like me and you play for hours a day and are agressive and use the floyd rose all of the time, the floyd rose will no longer stay in tune, because of this i had to buy a actual copyrighted floyd rose and install it, in addition i replaced the mounts that hold the pickups because the plastic ones were way to high and got in the way, however, its a great guitar and i will be using it for the rest of my life. great tone especially for the price, well made besides the floyd rose, and stays in tune and it has a amazing fretboard,and it the guitar itself isnt even heavy.
This guitar is a workhorse! the emg's sounds great for that high gain metal sound and the neck is nice and smooth. Overall this thing will get the job done and some!
I bought this guitar last Christmas and it is just perfect. The action is flawless and smooth. No problems except the weight, eh... get a wide strap lol. it has highs like no other. i would recommend this guitar to anyone. It is a great buy.
This guitar simply is what it is. We guitar player's normally own more than 1 axe for a variety of reasons, This jackson DKMG is bulit for the shredder in mind. 2 EMG Zakk Wylde pickups(81-85), 2 octave fretboard, very low action and tremendous playability. I own MANY USA jackson dk1's, and pc1's. This guitar isn't in the same league by a long shot, but is still enjoyable to play when the song calls for it. I've managed to get great blues, hard rock and metal tones from this axe. Love it for quick leads! Down side, clean tones are very much lacking because of the pickup configuration. But remember, this guitar really wasn't built for that. Stays in tune very well, and if you'd like to upgrade your tone in a big way, just install a brass block on your floyd. it's cheap and will make you think twice about tone. pound for pound, it is just a fun guitar to play.. enjoy yourself..
I've played many diferent guitars...active pups, passive pups...etc...So since this is a "metal" guitar Ill compare it to Ltd/Esp, Schecter C1, Ibanez RG in similar price ranges. Now all those manufacturers have great guitars as well it just comes down to what you like. Personally I like that the Jackson is the only one of those thats Made In Japan, the others are made in Korea or Indonesia. EMGs are nice(all the other brands offer active pups in same price range)...now the neck is what I like...it feels like a Ibanez wizard but just a lil thicker...I love the inlays and the compound radius seals the deal on this. I know with the ESP/LTD and Schecter you get a set neck but I prefer bolt on necks...bolt on necks work for Vai, Satch...It'll work for me. Also this Jackson has a sweet flame top on the red and the arch top is awesome!
At first I was pleased with everything this guitar had to offer, but I was a noob. I might recommend this to a beginner but not for an experienced player. I hadn't realized(being a noob) how low the action was when i recieved it. the floyd rose system keeps it in tune but any use of the whammy will very slightly untune it and the metal will rust easily. the frets are a bit too big for my taste. these emg-hz's are unique to this guitar and, in my opinion, produce cheap quality sound and are too trebley. It produces more of a trebley fuzz rather than good gain. I play through a 100 watt line 6 bogner valve hybrid amp and it takes alot of tweaking on my part to get this guitar to not sound cheap. You may be sold at first, but you will soon be disappointed afterwards. Id say it would be better to spend a few bucks more to buy a USA jackson or a ESP than this guitar.
Got it in trans-red, which looks sweet, and has that flamed maple top. Not too heavy, but it doesn't feel cheap either. EMG's are perfect. neck is great for your clean or blues and bridge has a lot of bite. Harmonics are highly randy, licensed floyd works fine, but like me, you'll probably have to ajust the springs.... oh well, simple job, totally worth it. And i got 15% off because this website always has some kind of promo going, so that's sweet. jasckon/skb case is perfect, and lastly, playability rivals those old ass strats from the 70's or most ibanez guitars. only wish it was neck through, but hey, thats why they have the soloist models.... this is a very sexy guitar and quality has been great thus far.
I've been playing guitar for a while and I've just recently decided to step it up and get a guitar that fits my playing style. This is it. This guitar delivers insane sounds and the EMG's deliver much versatility, both distortion on and off. The floyd rose works incredibly well, I've only tuned it maybe 3 or 4 times, and that was after changed the strings. Otherwise you'll just have to adjust the fine tune knobs. If your into metal, this is the guitar for you.Jackson for life.