NAMM 2013: Jackson Guitars Times 20

Jackson Corey Beaulieu KV copy

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When 19 Guitars Isn’t Enough

Jackson’s new lineup for the fresh, new 2013 practically includes a whole new catalog with 20 new guitar models giving you, the guitarist, the options you need to find the guitar that melds the most naturally with your hands. And by laws of probability alone, at least one of these should be right for you.

Chris Broderick Soloist

Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick’s new signature Soloist is designed to satisfy any metal guitarist’s burning need high speed, thanks to the rosewood laden maple neck-thru neck, and the aggressive screaming from the Chris Broderick signature DiMarzio humbuckers housed in the arch-top mahogany body. This Soloist is available in 6 and 7-string models, both of which include a Floyd Rose Special tremolo, Jackson die-cast tuners, and Dunlop locking strap buttons. This model is available in satin black and snow white finishes.

Corey Beaulieu King V

Corey Beaulieu of Trivium fame has put forth his new signature King V from Jackson, also available in 6 and 7-string models (KV6 and KV7 models respectively). This guitar built of alder features a flamed maple top under a transparent red, transparent black, or gloss black finish. The quartersawn maple neck-thru neck showcases an ebony fretboard. The King V’s are loaded with Seymour Duncan Blackout humbuckers, a Floyd Rose tremolo, and Jackson Tuners.

Pro DKA Dinky

Jackson’s newest additions to their Pro Series include two new Dinkies – a 7-string and an 8-string model – both with an arch-top alder body and a bolt-on maple neck and fretboard with graphite reinforcement. Included are DiMarzio D Activator humbuckers with a 5-way switch and a momentary kill switch for sweet stutters. Both models strongly hold the string tension back with the hard-tail string-through bridge and the Planet Waves locking tuners, and it’s all topped off with the Dunlop locking strap buttons. The DKA7 is available in satin white while the DKA8 is available in metallic black.

Pro DK2HT and Friends

In this category four of the new models are introduced at once. The DK2HT, DK2MHT, DK2QHT, and DK2MQHT are all four similar by design, but each offers a bit of zing to stand out from the others. Each model shares the alder body with a bolt-on neck, direct-mount Seymour Duncan humbuckers with a JB in the bridge and a 59 in the neck. The hardware includes the direct-mount Jackson HT-6 string-through bridge, locking Jackson tuners, and Dunlop locking strap buttons. As for the differences – the DK2QHT (available in natural or transparent red) and the DK2MQHT (available in transparent red or the pictured above chlorine burst) offer a lush quilted maple top, the DK2HT is available in metallic black, and the DK2MHT comes in metallic purple or blue glow.

USA Select B7MG and B7MG Deluxe

The USA Select comes in four fun flavors. In this segment we’re looking at the two 7-string models – the B7MG and the B7MG Deluxe. Both models have a beveled alder body with a maple neck and graphite reinforcement, and an ebony fretboard slapped on for good measure. Both models have a set of EMG humbuckers – a 707 in the neck and an 81-7 in the bridge – and a Jackson direct-mount HT-7 string-through bridge, Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners, and Dunlop locking strap buttons. The primary difference between the B7MG and the Deluxe model is that the deluxe offers a 1-piece neck-thru maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint. Both models come in walnut stain, Au natural, satin black, and satin grey.

USA Select B8MG and B8MG Deluxe

The other two models in the USA Select line are the B8MG guitars. To keep it short most of the specs are the same. The alder body, maple neck, ebony fretboard, and even the finishes are all the same. The main difference is it’s upgraded to an 8-string model, so things like the bridge are upgraded. The EMG humbuckers however are different. Both neck and bridge pickups are 808 models. The Deluxe version is also a neck-thru with the same specs as the 7-string deluxe.

JS Series

The JS Series includes three new Dinkies, the models including the JS22-7, JS32-7Q, and the JS32-8Q, to idly wrap your fingers around and caress delicately as the sun sets into the night. Following the trend these Dinkies are available both in 7 and 8-string models.

The JS22-7 is built out of an arch-top basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck and a rosewood fretboard. It uses two high-output Jackson humbuckers, a direct-mount hard-tail bridge, and Jackson die-cast tuners. This model is available only in satin black.

The JS32-7Q and JS32-8Q Dinky both use the same arch-top basswood body with a quilted maple top, a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, the high-output Jackson humbuckers, the direct-mount Jackston hard-tail bridge, and die-cast tuners. The 7-string model is available in natural while the 8-string comes in transparent red.

The Basses

Jackson’s new roster also includes three new bass models for that extra bottom end that the 8-stringers can’t quite reach yet. These models are the JS3QM and the JS3VQM concert basses and Dave Ellefson’s new signature Kelly Bird bass.

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s new Kelly is a 4-string model made out of basswood with a bolt-on maple neck. It’s loaded with a set of EMG humbuckers with two volume knobs and three-band active EQ knobs. The red pinstriped body is built with Jackson’s high-mass HM-4 bridge and die-cast tuners.

Meanwhile the JS3QM and the JS3VQM are both basswood basses with quilted maple tops. Both have a bolt-on maple neck complete with a rosewood fretboard, high-output Jackson humbuckers, Jackson’s high-mass bridge for both 4-string and 5-string models, and Jackson’s die-cast tuners. The JS3QM is available in transparent red or transparent blue while the JS3VQM comes in transparent amber or transparent black.

These guitars are all awesome, but you know what else is awesome? NAMM. Check out the other awesome announcements here.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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9 years ago

Any word on when the DK2MHT in metallic purple is going to be available in the US?

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