Continuing with our look at affordable Superstrats we have taken a look at the Jackson JS23 Dinky Electric Guitar.
Jackson are a well known and respected maker of quality guitars. From humble beginnings in the 1970s as a guitar repair workshop in Glendora, California they have become a major name in guitars endorsed by the likes of Phil Collen, Adrian Smith and Scott Ian. The repair shop was originally owned by Wayne Charvel, another guitar brand that you may recognise, who sold his share of the shop to Grover Jackson in 1978. Jackson, in the deal, also gained ownership of the Charvel brand. Jackson guitars, as we know them today, originated in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhodes approached Charvel to make him a guitar. Rhodes collaborated with Jackson as well as Tim Wilson and Mike Shannon to produce the Concorde which was a re-vamp of the Gibson Flying V. The guitar was such a departure from the Strat based designs of Charvel that Jackson decide to badge the guitars with his own name and so a legend was born. Jackson guitars have subsequently become associated with some of the biggest names in rock.
So the Jackson JS23 Dinky electric guitar has a rich pedigree but what is it like to play?
The JS23 is essentially a superstrat style guitar based on the Jackson JS22. The main difference between the two models is the switch from two humbuckers in the JS22 to a humbucker and two single coils in the JS23. For us this gives the JS23 a greater tonal range and therefore a wider appeal. The body is made from Cedro, which is a relatively lightweight but attractive looking wood. The neck is traditional maple with a rosewood fretboard. As we have already mentioned the JS23 is armed with a humbucker in the bridge position and two single coil pick-ups which can be selected through a five way selector switch and there is a volume and tone control. If you are looking for a guitar armed with the hardware capable of whammy bar theatrics then this is perhaps not the guitar for you as it is fitted with a fulcrum bridge which, although relatively stable, does not allow for the more energetic workout.
When plugged in this is a lovely guitar, the neck is quick and smooth to play and going through the pick-up selection options really highlights the guitars versatility. It is comfortable played clean or heavily distorted and the five way selector switch allows you to really experiment with the sound that the guitar is capable of producing.
All in all this is a good guitar at a very affordable price. The pick-up format leads to an extremely versatile guitar capable of performing whatever your chosen playing style. However, the looks perhaps suggest that it will be a guitar favoured by the rock guitarist who enjoys heavy fretboard antics. If you are looking for an affordable, good looking quality superstrat then you won’t go far wrong with the JS23.
|Jackson JS23 Dinky electric guitar|
|Bridge||2 point fulcrum tremolo bridge|
|Frets||24 jumbo frets|
|Fretboard radius||Compound radius 12" to 16", 304.8 mm to 406.4 mm|
|Nut width||43 mm|
|Scale length||648 mm / 25.5"|
|Bridge pickup||Custom voiced humbucker|
|Middle pickup||Single coil|
|Neck pickup||Single coil|
|Pickup switching||5 way selector switch|
|Controls||1 master volume and 1 tone|
|Recommended retail price||£262.01|
|If you love this guitar||Buy now for £206|
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