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Jackson JS30KE Kelly Electric Guitar (2008 Model)   

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Jackson's entry-level 2008 JS30KE Kelly suits the needs of beginning electric guitar players and offers the best in materials, workmanship, and value...Click To Read More About This Product

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The amazing Kelly body and features at an affordable price.

Jackson's entry-level 2008 JS30KE Kelly suits the needs of beginning electric guitar players and offers the best in materials, workmanship, and value. The distinct Kelly body shape allows easy access to the upper frets and has great tone and sustain. Features an Indian cedro body, bolt-on maple neck with Indian rosewood fingerboard, Jackson CVR high-output humbucking pickups, adjustable string-through-body bridge, and chrome hardware.

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!

  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Bolt-On Maple
  • Neck Dimensions: 1st Fret: .775", 12th Fret: .910"
  • Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Tuners
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24 Jumbo Frets
  • Bridge Pickup: Jackson CVR2 Humbucking Pickup
  • Neck Pickup: Jackson CVR2 Humbucking Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Bridge: JT390 Adjustable Bridge with Strings-Through-Body
  • 3-Position Blade pickups switching:
  • Position 1. Bridge Pickup
  • Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
  • Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Case: Optional Deluxe Molded Case
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Width at Nut: 1-11/16"

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JS30KE Kelly Electric Guitar (2008 Model)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Nice Replacement For My KE3

Ok I have had this guitar for awhile now. I used to have a Kelly KE3 but had to sell it in a divorce, and as you can tell from seeing the price being...Read complete review

Ok I have had this guitar for awhile now. I used to have a Kelly KE3 but had to sell it in a divorce, and as you can tell from seeing the price being a single father I could not afford a new KE3. The pickups do need replacing I replaced mine with Alumi-Tone Humbuckers (all around great pickup to). Alot of people have stated problems with the tuners. I have had no problems and because of my ex had to move 3 times in 2 months and was unable to play the guitar for a month when I normally played for about 4 hours a day. When I was finally able to pick the guitar up it was pretty much still perfectly in tune. Some people have also complained about oversized strap buttons, but with how this guitar sits and its weight you can either use the over sized strap buttons or replace them with strap locks. I will say this is my first string through guitar I am used to Floyd Rose so it was an adjustment and sometimes it can be a pain to get the strings through. As with any guitar as soon as you get it go get it set up because no matter if you buy a guitar online or from a shop you need it set up because it has been sitting or if you by it from a shop it has had many a persons playing it and screwing with it. Some have stated electrical problems I have had none sometimes there is just a bad apple in the bunch no one is perfect. I have had nice ovations and Ibanezs that were brand new and high end that had electrical problems or other sorts of problems. In fact the Ovation I had to take back to the shop and get it replaced 3 different times and they ended up sending the entire shipment that the first three came in back. If you have electrical problems send it back for a new one if you don't like the pickups replace them instead of saying the guitar is a piece of junk.


Most Liked Negative Review


its alright...

This guitar has one good quality, and that is that it looks cool, besides that fact that its position markers are only dots. Anyways, it is VERY uncomfortable and hard to hold and...Read complete review

This guitar has one good quality, and that is that it looks cool, besides that fact that its position markers are only dots. Anyways, it is VERY uncomfortable and hard to hold and play, sitting, or standing up. I cannot stress enough that it is VERY uncomfortable to play, it wants to slide off of your lap, so you have to hold it up while playing, and it is a real pain. It is also VERY heavy, I wouldn't recommend this guitar, dont be fooled by its cool looks. It is hard to palm mute on the high strings because the volume knob is right in the way of your hand. It doesnt have crisp tone, and it doesnt sound very good in the first place.

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Great Guitar

By 4thHorseman

from Marshall, TX

I got this guitar as a christmas present. I have 4 other guitars, and I have to say that this is by far my favorite one. People say the pickups are weak, but in my opinion, they sound amazing compared to other stock pickups. The only problem I have is I cannot seem to get the tone knob to stay on. Other than that, amazing guitar.


Jackson Rules!

By madguitar785

from Long Island, New York

Well, I got my Jackson Kelly for Christmas. My only complains are that it didn't have the shark fin inlays and the placement of the toggle switch. People are saying the pickups are weak, but they sound better thatn the ones on my epiphone les paul. The Kelly sounds great through my Line 6 spider 2. The shape is awesome. Great for the person that loves Megadeth.


great guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a great guitar if you like metal or somethin like that. I talked to Matt Jonhson from The Autumn Offering about it over myspace and the "JacksonJS30RR" Rhoads and he preffered this over the Rhoads. I strongly agree. It kinda feels like my "Dean Dimoflauge" when I'm playing it. But it sounds great, feels great, and looks great. I say get it.


Not great but good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Its a pretty good guitar. Kinda cheap but seems like a good entry level guitar. The neck is thin so its a little easier to play for those who don't have much experience with guitars. Not really my thing but its pretty good quality for someone who wants a good inexpensive guitar.


pretty good guitar

By fish of the deep

from traverse city, MI

this is a great guitar for beginning musicians. it is really easy to play because of the super-thin neck and the looks are awesome. the only problems i have are that the pickups are a little weak. they have good tone but they just aren't very high output. a pickup upgrade would be ideal. the other problem i have with this guitar is the positioning of the strap pegs. the way they are set up makes the guitar sit far out towards the headstock not only making it heavier at that end but it is a stretch just to get your hand out to the first few frets. these are only minor problems though the guitar is a great buy overall


This axe is sick!

By Corpsegrinder420

from Michigan

I've owned this guitar for a year now and it still plays as good as the day I got it out of the box. The set-up was awesome from the start, the tuners never leave tune, the stock pick-ups are awesome for the price but I will be swapping them out for some seymour duncans or dimarizios. This is a very solid guitar its a bit on the heavier side but not overwhelming. I would recomend a good strap though. Its very confrtable to play sitting down the neck is perfect for me (right in between gibson and ibanez, not to thick or thin. The body style is amazing ive always been a fan of explorers and the cut away allows good access to the frets all the way down. Overall this is an excellent guitar for metal. The price says nothing for the quality. I would recomend this to anyone looking for a great metal axe.


awsome guitar

By jackson 420

from Houma, LA

hmm.. i got this guitar a few days ago and it beats the hell out of my old Ibanez. looks are awsome. skinny neck makes it a bit easier to play. pcikups are great but im a year or so im probly gonna upgrade them. the only probmel is finding a case for it. i say for a good guitar at this good price, get it


love at first pick

By trent halsey

from culpeper, VA

i got this guitar about 2 years ago for christmas and it is amazimg! it is hella light and the neck is smooth and easy to wrap your fingers around. the pickups sound pretty amazing aswell. i took the bridge out and put in a dimebrcker and it sounds like a bear crashing through a wall! i mean this guitar is amazing, espically if you run it through a death-metal pedal. this is just an all around great guitar.


Near Perfect

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is great. The neck is thin and very comfortable to play on. The pickups have pretty good tone quality and the knob arrangement is simple with just a volume and a master tone. With a pickup upgrade, Seymour Duncans recomended, this guitar could be just as good if not better than a more expensive Jackson such as an MG series, for a little less on the price. All in all this is a near perfect guitar for a great price.



By metalmore

from Ohio

I bought this guitar a few months ago. I had been wanting one for years. The body is light so it wont hurt your back when playing it. It stays in tune nicely. The only problem is the pickups they don't have a lot of power or response so different ones would greatly help. Other then that this guitar is excellent for any range or style of player.

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