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Jackson KE3 Kelly Electric Guitar (2008 Model)

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The Jackson Kelly KE-3 Electric Guitar 2008 model has an edgy body design and shark fin inlays that make a bold statement with looks alone. But this ...Click To Read More About This Product

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If subtle and tasteful is your thing”you'd better move on.

The Jackson Kelly KE-3 Electric Guitar 2008 model has an edgy body design and shark fin inlays that make a bold statement with looks alone. But this rocker is a sonic flamethrower too. The 2008 Jackson KE3 Kelly guitar features genuine Seymour Duncan humbucker pickups: a Jazz SH2N at the neck and a JB TB4 at the bridge for lots of firepower and sustain. The JT580LP tremolo lets you bend and twist notes to the max while staying in tune.

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
  • Unique alder body design
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood compound radius (14" to 16") fingerboard
  • Shark fin fretboard inlays
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Seymour Duncan Jazz SH2N neck pickup
  • Seymour Duncan JB TB4 humbucker bridge pickup
  • 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • JT580LP tremolo
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    4.9

    (based on 34 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sick Guitar

    A solid guitar with lots of fancy bells and whistles for a relatively inexpensive price compared to some models.
    This guitar is a piece of art. I've had it for close to a...Read complete review

    A solid guitar with lots of fancy bells and whistles for a relatively inexpensive price compared to some models.
    This guitar is a piece of art. I've had it for close to a month and play it nearly every day. The tremolo does everything i want except the tremolo bar doesn't stay in one position. The action is nice and low, and I got the transparent blue finish and it's stunning. The inlays are pearl, and the tone is magnificent. The pickups are fantastic for any type of rock or metal. The bridge is great for rocking out some metallica, and the bridge is perfect for clean tones and soloing. The body is large, and heavy. When you stand and play, it likes to tilt forward but I don't see a problem with it. It stays in tune great as well, even when you wail on the tremolo for pantera. Theres only a volume knob, no tone pot, but I never used the tone knob anyways. Plus it's less wiring that i have to deal with.
    A very solid build, wiring isn't messed up. No buzzing, pieces and parts stay where they belong. The very top locking nut is stripped out, but i got mine used so it's expected. Its also is a solid guitar alltogether. It's built well, though it is a bolt-on. The paint is durable and isn't likely to chip or come off.
    Worth every penny.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    KE3 Japan Pile o Skulls

    Just bought the Jackson Pile o Skulls. It's cool! Looks kick A** and plays well> What else do you want in a guitar? I like the no-nonsense single volume and toggle...Read complete review

    Just bought the Jackson Pile o Skulls. It's cool! Looks kick A** and plays well> What else do you want in a guitar? I like the no-nonsense single volume and toggle switch. I mean, no one I know ever turns the tone down, why even have a tone knob! If I could have made any changes to it I would have put the toggle switch where the volume knob is and the volume knob where the toggle is. Why? because I like to switch back and forth during solo's. I used to play a strat and the toggle was in the perfect spot.

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    5.0

    Jackson KE3

    By Hardcore Kid

    from Undisclosed

    I have owned this guitar for a year now and all I can say about it is that it is a killer guitar. My Kelly wasn't a USA made one so it came with a Licenece under FR and Duncan Designed pick ups. It sounded ok with those pickups, but the FR annoyed me so bad, it kept on making my guitar go outta tune. So I decided to put on a Seymour Duncan TB-4 and a Sh-1 59's. They immediatly just turned the whole guitar into a heavy beast. It sounded really tight and grunty. It also has an incredibily fast neck, great for palying lead. Yea... Overall this is a good guitar the only thing that annoys me is the shape of it, but thats not the case.

     
    5.0

    wicked!!!

    By alpinestarridr4

    from Hollidaysburg, PA

    See all my reviews

    I just got this guitar for christmas and Im very impressed with it. Its easy and comfortable to play. It also has a great tone. The only thing I wasnt as happy about is that it weighs a little more than I thought it would. But overall its a really nice guitar

     
    5.0

    Excellent!!

    By Sprawls420

    from Shreveport, LA

    First off, My jackson is the older version of this same guitar that came out 2 years ago. I own the kelly and It is awsome. Mine is the same as pictured except for the finish and the pickups. This guitar is solid and CAN be played comfortably sitting down. The guiatr is weel balanced and feels good with a strap. The sustain is average, but this is a shred guiatar, not a Les Paul. The tremlo is solid and stays in tune. The pickups on mine look like invaders, but say duncan desighned on them instead of seymore duncan. I don't know why because I oredered directely through Jackson. Considereing the pickups are probable the same on the interior the sound pretty good. The're not really deep, but the mids and highs are good. Neck is stable and the neck is raw and fast. I wish this guiatr had a tone nob, but oh well. Overall a great buy for rock and alt. stuff, but not for blues or most modern metal.

     
    5.0

    Jackson KE3 Kellty Pro

    By Ghettie M Lee

    from Delta, UT

    This is one amazing and under rated guitar. I bought my Jackson KE3 Kelly about a year ago and it has been the best musical instrument I have ever purchased. If you like to play hard rock or metal it has the best bridge pickup you could ask for. Its neck pickup is really nice for jazz style playing and rythom guitar. This guitar has amazing tone and THE FASTEST 24 FRET NECK you can find. It has a great feel to it with its FLoyd Rose Locking Tremelo. ALl around this guitar is better than any thousand dallar gibson I have played. ITS A GREAT GUITAR

     
    5.0

    A True Guitar!

    By upnorthjammer

    from soldotna AK

    I bought this guitar because i was on a budget and really couldnt afford what i was looking for, but after playing for 5 minutes on this thing i knew i made a great choice and got a hell of a deal. The neck is super fast and great for soloing. The pickups sound awesome when you want a good clean sound and kick hard when you wanna get into some distorion. The paint looks amazing on it too. Overall this guitar is got to be the best axe for the price. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

     
    5.0

    all guitar

    By Hurricane Floyd

    from woodland maine

    There is one adjustment I had to make. It was the strap button by the neck had to be moved to the upper right neckplate screw so it would balance the guitar. The guitar is neck heavy. But do this and it will be amazing. No more neck heavy. Perfect!

     
    5.0

    Sick Guitar

    By Damen Edgar

    from The Moon

    A solid guitar with lots of fancy bells and whistles for a relatively inexpensive price compared to some models.
    This guitar is a piece of art. I've had it for close to a month and play it nearly every day. The tremolo does everything i want except the tremolo bar doesn't stay in one position. The action is nice and low, and I got the transparent blue finish and it's stunning. The inlays are pearl, and the tone is magnificent. The pickups are fantastic for any type of rock or metal. The bridge is great for rocking out some metallica, and the bridge is perfect for clean tones and soloing. The body is large, and heavy. When you stand and play, it likes to tilt forward but I don't see a problem with it. It stays in tune great as well, even when you wail on the tremolo for pantera. Theres only a volume knob, no tone pot, but I never used the tone knob anyways. Plus it's less wiring that i have to deal with.
    A very solid build, wiring isn't messed up. No buzzing, pieces and parts stay where they belong. The very top locking nut is stripped out, but i got mine used so it's expected. Its also is a solid guitar alltogether. It's built well, though it is a bolt-on. The paint is durable and isn't likely to chip or come off.
    Worth every penny.

     
    5.0

    love it

    By Paegan M

    from Texas

    This is an excellent guitar. It feels great in your hands. The body style makes it perfect for someone that needs a slightly smaller guitar. The sound is beautiful. I recommend this to anyone, you will get your moneys worth.

     
    5.0

    WOW!

    By Jackson Screams

    from Seattle

    This is the GUITAR! First off mines not brand new i got mine off of craigslist in crimson swirl with a EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 85 in the neck. And this thing will make your face melt off. It can make any amp sound screaming good, the neck is one of best like playing on butter, the floyd rose is just pure awsome a must have! i realy like how it only have the volume knob on the front with the tone in the pot cavity i keep it taped up all the way up. also thats were i keep the battery for the EMG's. this is the prefect guitar for metal! and if you seriously want a heavy sound of of it use big gauge strings i use 11's.

     
    5.0

    Just a pointer...

    By Neil Evan

    from Bakersfield, CA

    See all my reviews

    If anyone does buy this, you don't have to replace the pickup to kill the noise. Ways to improve effectiveness are to attach aluminum foil to the back plate and attach it to one of the knobs with shielded wire. Also remove the back plate from the trem cavity and you get next to no noise, without impediments on the guitar's performance.

     
    5.0

    Sweet!!!!

    By guitarmaster41

    from Pennsylvannia

    The guitar rocks. It has a super fast fretboard, perfect for metal shredding and its great for just basic powerchords to. Thsi guitar is great for dsitorted songs, but not that great for clean sounding songs. So, if your like me, and most of the music you play involves distortion, get this guitar. Anyway, for the price nothing beats this jackson, it would be a wise purchase if your into metal.

     
    3.0

    KE3 Japan Pile o Skulls

    By Ed Stickler DIRT

    from beloit, WI

    See all my reviews

    Just bought the Jackson Pile o Skulls. It's cool! Looks kick A** and plays well> What else do you want in a guitar? I like the no-nonsense single volume and toggle switch. I mean, no one I know ever turns the tone down, why even have a tone knob! If I could have made any changes to it I would have put the toggle switch where the volume knob is and the volume knob where the toggle is. Why? because I like to switch back and forth during solo's. I used to play a strat and the toggle was in the perfect spot.

     
    4.0

    metal beast

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    i have owned this guitar for a couple of months now and i can honestly say this is the best guitar i have ever played. my guitar has seymour duncan pikups and a floyd rose bridge. the pikups on this thing are awesome the nek pikup is great for the warm crystal clear tone you want when playing clean but when you add distortion to it it becomes one hell of a lead pikup. the bridge pikup is awesome for great sustain and harmonics when using lots of dirt. The floyd rose works perfect for me because i down tune my guitar to c and lock it in and not once has it come outa tunei would recomend this guitar to anyone out ther ther is no comparison to this i have used it for live gigs with a 150 watt ibanez amp and it has put out every time

     
    5.0

    Sick Guitar!

    By SlayerBullet77730

    from Reading, PA

    I recently played this guitar at a store. I also checked out a few other guitars, but this was by far the best. The Seymour Duncan pickups are great, but I think if I get one I will swap them out for EMG's. The neck was a little thicker than I had expected, but still very fast and great for soloing. The KE3 is also great for the kind of tight riffing I try to achieve in my style. I also really liked the crimson swirl paint job. I reccomend this guitar to any serious hard rock/ metal player.

     
    5.0

    Jackson

    By rockstar-qjJ1b

    from Karlsborg, Sweden

    This is a really good guitar. I have used it for about 2 months and I love it! The shape is really cool and two humbuckers sound so cool with my amp and a distortion pedal so it sounds so good to play guns n roses on it. I love this guitar, I was going to buy a Les Paul first but this was much better because my friend has a Les Paul and I think mine is better so buy this guitar and you will also love it.

     
    5.0

    Nice Guitar

    By Milkmanof69

    from SLC, UT

    This is a sweet guitar. As far as features goes it would be nice if it had a tone control adjusting knob. The balance is messed up, as soon as you let go it drops neck first. If you move the strap mount to the front neck screw on the mounting plate it fixes this problem. Once i fixed this balance problem it is like a new guitar!!!!!!!!! I love it.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By steel337

    from In my house

    See all my reviews

    This guitar is sweet. I got the crimson swirl color and it looks beautiful. The neck is really thin and fast, possible the best Jackson neck I've played yet. The guitar features the signature Jackson sharkfin inlays, 24 frets, alder body, and seymour duncan jazz/jb pickups, which is the perfect combination for metal and even warm cleans! I've heard people say that this guitar is really heavy, but it really isn't, and that the neck is unbalanced and will lean forward, but for me it doesn't. I gave the features a 9 because the guitar only came with a volume knob, no tone knob, which is quite awkward but straight forward and simple. Overall, this guitar is awesome and will get a couple of heads turned towards it too.

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By ohjeez99

    from Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have had this guitar for about a year now. I bought it because i was floored by the amazing crimson swirl design and the reviews were pretty good. It screamed right out of the box, but i use a thicker gauge strings so i had to tighten up the LFR a little so my bridge didn't pull up. The stock pickups were very nice, but i had a friend switch out the bridge pickup for a Seymore Duncan Dimebucker. Sounds absolutely amazing now. Action is incredible, the neck is SOOOOO fast, and it is such a head turner. Really an incredible guitar for the price. 3 small problems I had: the neck actually bent a bit but i caught it early and fixed the truss (thanks to 10-52 gauge strings), The volume knob was a loose and actually feel off at a band practice, and i had a small discoloration on the neck where it seemed like there wasnt any varnish or finish. But all in all very very good guitar for the price, probably the best guitar i have every played on.

     
    5.0

    Amazing Guitar

    By Tennessee Stomp

    from Tampa Bay

    I've owned this guitar for about a year and a half now and it has only gotten better. It did take a little getting used to how it hangs over the shoulders...but that's a very, very small issue when it comes to how great this guitar sounds and plays. It has quicky become my "go to" guitar at gigs and is the one that I know I'll shred on.

     
    5.0

    It's a screamer!

    By Lamb of God freak

    from hicksville, Iowa

    See all my reviews

    A great guitar that really gets a good chugga sound for palm muting and can really scream. It has a lightning fast fret board and rock maple neck. What more could you ask for? THIS THING HAS BALLS!

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