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Jackson JS1 Dinky Electric Guitar (2008 Model)

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The 2008 Jackson JS1 Dinky is Jackson's lowest-priced Dinky-style electric guitar. The JS1 Dinky features a 22-jumbo-fret rosewood fingerboard, 2 hum...Click To Read More About This Product

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Hot looks, crankin' tone.

The 2008 Jackson JS1 Dinky is Jackson's lowest-priced Dinky-style electric guitar. The JS1 Dinky features a 22-jumbo-fret rosewood fingerboard, 2 humbucker pickups, vintage fulcrum-style tremolo, volume and tone controls, and a 3-way toggle switch.

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!

FEATURES
  • Maple neck
  • Alder body
  • 22-jumbo-fret dark Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • 2 humbucker pickups
  • Vintage fulcrum-style tremolo
  • One volume and one tone control, and a 3-way toggle switch
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    4.5

    (based on 75 reviews)

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    Foreign beginner's opinion

    I bought a JS1 in March 2006 and started guitar lessons in July 2007. In the belgian store where I tried it unplugged, it struck me with a loud and sparkly tone. Lightly...Read complete review

    I bought a JS1 in March 2006 and started guitar lessons in July 2007. In the belgian store where I tried it unplugged, it struck me with a loud and sparkly tone. Lightly hammering the strings yielded clear twangy notes. Chords ringed sharply with individual strings rather well defined. Through a V-Amp, compared to similar and costlier Yamaha and Cort guitars, it sounded and felt better to me and a budding musician. I had come to that store to find a classical guitar but bought the JS1. A lifetime-playing friend could approach the "Nothing Else Matters" sound with it when we linked it to a Pandora and a Peavey Studio Pro 50W transistor amp, but only after I traded the inferior original strings for GHS Boomers. The fretboard has tiny, tight transverse ripples of a very uniform pattern all over the neck. The frets required no polishing unlike those on my two other unexpensive guitars. I lightly deburred the steel nuts with ultrafine sand paper and lube them regularly. The plastic nut required no correction. Knobs and tuners have a firm and smooth feel. It says in tune for long if I bend each string a few times at the start; they drop in pitch a bit, I retune them and after that they remain in pitch for long. Other JS1's did not sound quite as good, mine is probably not typical (I roam music stores for months and buy only instruments that stand out). Its neck pickup roars in blues licks. Clean sound arpeggios with the selector in central position are its best use according to my three-decades playing friend.

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    Buy A Squier!

    I bought this Jackson for my daughter the day after I bought a Squier for my son. The Squier blows it away, "what a neck!" The kids love both of...Read complete review

    I bought this Jackson for my daughter the day after I bought a Squier for my son. The Squier blows it away, "what a neck!" The kids love both of them but they are beginners and really know little about quality issues. My daughter liked the Jacksons candy apple red paint job, but it has high action and the low E buzzes when picking open. I adjusted the saddle but it needed to be maxed out before it was playable. I could adjust the truss rod but it's just not worth the trouble for me. It also has poor tone compared to the Squier. I'm returning it for something better. I'm really not a complainer, the Jackson would probably be fine instrument if I took it to a technician to be setup. The Squier was already set up and the neck was really smooth and round with super low fast action. I'm probably going to exchange it for another Squier or maybe I might even buy a real American Fender, either way I'm sending the Jackson Back, I'm just not happy with it.

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    5.0

    A Value Priced Metal Axe

    By Techie138

    from Northern California

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    Looking for a Rockin metal guitar with a fast neck and good looks? Well look no further, the JS1 Dinky is for you. For an import, its built solid, the finish is immaculate. I cant believe the price that Jackson sells this. It plays like a $500 guitar as oppossed to a $200 guitar. My only gripes are the pickups. The hum and feedback can get out of control but its still tolerable. I have the dinky in black and I have since replaced the bridge pickup with a Seymour Duncan Invader. Now it's the Dinky from hell!!! You might want to also have the neck adjusted and inntonation set to fix fret buzz. I even considered buying the metallic red Dinky just for a backup axe. Dont think, just buy it, trust me you wont be sorry!!! ROCK ON!!

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    5.0

    A very decent guitar for the money

    By Pale Odysseus

    from Missouri

    I bought this guitar at a local pawnshop and I don't think I could've asked for a better guitar for the money. It's a good-looking guitar with good features and tone (although I would've appreciated Duncan pickups more than the standard Jacksons that come with it). Overall, if you're a beginning guitarist who wants to play hard rock and metal and doesn't want to spend thousands on a Gibson or a PRS, this Jackson is a very good choice.

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    5.0

    ...love this axe!

    By Oldie But Goodie-eZeYF

    from Cypress, Ca

    I love this axe! I had another beginner guitar which I was very disappointed in. I traded it in for the JS1 and was thourghly satisfied. It stays in tune. The sound is great. I like that twangy "strat" sound and this one delivers it. The looks are hot! I don't use the tremolo bar much but when I do it works great and stays in tune. I would highly recommend this axe for beginners or intermediates.

     
    5.0

    Diamond

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I absolutly love this guitar and has out played any one of my buddies guitars more importantly had better tone and better feel than my buddys Randy Rhodes with the Floyd Rose, this guitar is the best for the bang for the buck

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By J20c

    from Grenada,MS

    I got this guitar used on a trade of a speaker, I put a couple parts to the pickups on it off another guitar I had, to fix it, and it is AWESOME. It plays better than my epiphone and the body is great. I'd buy this first before I'd buy another epiphone!

     
    5.0

    buy it

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    i actually wasnt going to buy this guitar, i was planing on buying the DKMG dinky but it was too expensive so i settled for this one. and i gotta tell you i couldnt be happier with my decision, tis guitar is super fdast will halp any skill level guitarist excell quickly stays in tune dont listen to the other guys it would stay in tune till the end of the world, definetly buy it.

     
    5.0

    Fair Deal

    By ZeroGXIII

    from Lawndale, CA

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    For this price, this guitar is fairly good - both in quality and value. Good for starters, but not worth it for anything more.

     
    5.0

    Best Guitar 4 Under 400 Bones

    By Jujittsu

    from Dallas, TX

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    Ive had this guitar for a few days now and I have to say its hard for me to put it down. The Neck feels great, it stays in tune for the most part, and the tone is nothing spectacular, but theres nothing a pair of EMG's can't fix. Overall this is a great guitar 4 it's price. It wont let you down.

     
    5.0

    Jackson JS1 Dinky

    By The Great Skeptic

    from Portland Oregon

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    I can tell you this thing is anything but "Dinky". Ive been abusing this guitar for about 2 years now and its stood up to everything I've put it through. ME and my band play (exclusively) Rage Against the Machine songs. This guitar is great for Tom Morello based music. Like I said, this guitar can take serious abuse. Its got very good quality, sounds great through a footpedal, and looks awesome as well. The trem system on it could use a little work but it works fine for less extreme types of music. The pickups are alright though I would suggest getting better ones for better tone.

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By Evil Saint

    from Lithonia, GA

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    Wow! This is truly one of the best guitars I've ever played with. It's truly amazing, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I think all fans of Jackson guitars, and people who have never played a jackson before (but would like to start) should buy this guitar. It's truly amazing, worth the money, and a one of a kind. You will NOT regret it... I promise.

     
    4.0

    Good for a begginer

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is alright its great if you are just starting out but is worth upgrading to a new guitar after a while. I've owned it for a few months now and its worked great for a while and sounds good tuned low but after using it tuned low for a while and you tune back to standard or drop D it sounds horrible. It gets out of runte really easy and the pickups are out but need a serious upgrade. Its a great price for the guitar espessially if you're low on money. There is a lot of fret buzz and it comes out of tune too easy thats the biggest downfall.

     
    4.0

    For a beginner

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar was great when I bought it (some years ago), but I bought it thinking it would last a while. It didn't.This guitar is great for beginners, but if you're a serious player, or you're a beginner who is not planning to buy a new guitar in 4-5 years, don't buy this.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Big B-oQUzr

    from Suffolk, VA

    Great beginner guitar, lots of possibilities. First guitar I bought, neck feels good, simple straight forward controls. Replaced the bridge pickup with a SD Invader, what a difference! Great tone, very playable. I have an LTD Sig. Series but find myself playing this one more. I play through a Line6 amp, sounds awesome! If you don't have a lot of cash but want a guitar, try this one. You won't be dissapointed!

     
    5.0

    Excellent!

    By XABP.P.0M

    from Undisclosed

    For the price this guitar is for, it is one bad Metal Shreder.Ive had this guitar since 3 days before Christmas and its brought out more tone and more of my ability to play Nice sounding songs then any other guitar i have played.I also own a les paul, and compared to it, the JS-1 over powers it by a mile! One thing i dont like as much is the bridge...for a fulcrum bridge, its ok...but you have to remember that thoes types of bridges(when using the tremelo) will go out of tune bad. I play in mostly drops, like drop c and b, and this guitar has its sound for thoes tunings, in a good way. I may change the pickups later on when i have more money, because they arent still getting as much UMPH as it really should be. But nothing emg's or duncun pickups cant help you know? Over all, this is a great playing, sounding, and sexy looking guitar for the greatst price.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Steven Whaley

    from Cambridge, OH

    This guitar is by far one of the best guitars for an affordable price that you can get. I just got mine in a Candy Apple Red a few days ago, and it plays like a dream! I'd recommend this guitar to anyone who is short on money but wants a great guitar.

     
    5.0

    Excellent guitar for its price

    By Lost-Thought

    from Idaho

    My dad originally bought the Jackson JS1 from a friend and then later gave it to me. I love this guitar, it sounds great through my Crate 120 watt amp. I prefer playing this guitar over my Epiphone Les Paul Standard and Dean ML, the tone is much more suited to the style of music I play then the other two. The stock pickups are good, but I found that placing a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker in the bridge does wonders for it

     
    5.0

    Sweet rocker!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is extremely lightweight and has good sound. Good guitar for most skill levels.

     
    5.0

    Good

    By Shace666

    from Undisclosed

    This is a very solid guitar that gets the job done. I've been playing for about 8 months now and this guitar is my first. I enjoy playing it a lot though it may not be for someone who has been playing for a very long time. This guitar is very strong in two ways: Sound and Body. The sound could be better really the pickups hum a lot and should be changed out. But this guitar does more damage on my walls then the do on it.The pickups in this guitar are okay if you don't care about sound that much. They are great for low tunings like drop C and Drop B but anything higher then Drop C# and the sound really starts to waver.This guitar stays in tune well but would be much better with a Floyd Rose bridge instead of the bridge on it. Mine didnt come with a wammy bar but if it did I wouldnt use it because the tuning would last no where near as long.This is a very solid guitar and is great for someone starting out like me and if you arent and youre more experienced and just need a cheep guitar thats going to work well pick it up as well just change out the pickups with some Seymoure Duncans.

     
    5.0

    Aint No Micheal Jackson JS-1

    By Old Floyd Fan

    from A stones throw from Redmond, WA

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    I think its a great for the price. At first I was going to change out the PUPs, but I found that playing around with the amp settings I was able to get the crunch and clean sounds I desired. A little set up time and lube the nut and it will even stay in tune using the whammy. The body is a little bigger than my pre-fender JS20 Dinky (about 3/8" wider, I wonder if it is original spec?!?

     
    5.0

    It is awesome

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    My friend had this guitar for a long time but I recently met her and when I saw the guitar I fell in love with I. it was the coolest thing because compared to my extremely heavy epiphone les paul version it was a feather and the fret board was nice and smooth and easy unlike the previous guitar I owned. THIS IS A GREAT GUITAR FOR YOUR MONEYS WORTH.

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