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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 ...Read More

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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
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KE3 Kelly Electric Guitar (2008 Model)




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4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

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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.

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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

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

Just a pointer...

By Neil Evan

from Bakersfield, CA

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

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

KE3

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got the one with the skulls. Paint job is awesome. Needed to be set up by my friend Parker. After the set up, plays like a dream. Worth the money. Pickups squeal good for being Jazzy, and I think they sound great.

 
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

Good with some issues

By Leon Westwind

from Festus, MO

I bought this guitar the day it came out. The tone is great for only having one tone. This is my main guitar for shows. My only complaints are that it is heavy in weight and the pick-ups are too sensative for my playing style. I find that on some riffs when I pull my fingers away I get a scratchy open not sound that cover my other notes. However slap some new pick-ups in there and this could be the perfect guitar.

 
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

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

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

Great Guitar

I purchased this guitar about a year ago and love almost everything. The sound is amazing, the neck is very fast, and the action is great. The only gripe is that the tone knob and the switch are in a horrible position.

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