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If I ever win the lottery, I’m buying 4 of these - one 7-string hard tail, one 7-string Floyd Rose, one 8-string hard tail, and one 8-string Floyd Rose (through-body neck for all of them though). And of course, each of them will be a different one of the four colours they offer this range in. So beautiful.
EDIT: I just realised they don’t offer this range with anything other than hard tails. Guess that means I’d just have to buy two each of the 7- and 8-string hard tail ones. Plus a Chris Broderick signature model for good measure.
Because while I really really REALLY want to get the new SLATTXMGQ3-7 in trans black (like this but with a fixed bridge)
I wish they’d do it in quicksilver with matching headstock, like the Floyd model:
I like Floyds, but I’d rather have this guitar with fixed bridge so I can mess about with different tunings on it, but I really love the look of the quicksilver one with matching headstock and hnghh
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So, back on May 16th, Jackson Guitars uploaded the first pic to their Faceboook timeline, with the caption “a taste of things to come”. There was also a picture of the back of the guitar, and a couple of shots showing a variety of colours hanging on a wall. Until yesterday, that was it. There was nothing on their blog, nothing on their website, nothing anywhere. Some people on a couple of forums knew that they had a 26.5” scale instead of 25.5”, and could tell from the colour of the logo on the pickups which particular EMGs they are. But that was it. Now Jackson have unveiled the line. It’s part of the X series, so made in India, but with through-body neck. And I’ve heard a lot of really good things about the X series - the construction is supposed to be really good. Apparently they’re going to US$699 and US$849, depending on bridge type and finish, with the one I want, black quilt maple top, fixed bridge, being $749, which at current exchange rates is GBP£477. I’M SO EXCITED!
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Just thought I’d put up a post with some decent-quality pictures of my current guitars. First up is my Kelly. Through-body neck, genuine Floyd Rose bridge, JB/Jazz pickup set (which I’m going to swap out for Dimarzios). It was brand new when I got it, however because the line it’s from had been discontinued, I got it for a little over 60% of the RRP. It’s just amazing. The neck is the most playable I’ve ever had my hands on, the body shape is my favourite, ever, and has amazing upper fret access, it’s got great sustain, and with it being a genuine Floyd, instead of a licensed model, it stays in tune no matter how much whammy abuse I give it. I wanted to get it in white with black bevels, however there were none left of that colour when I got mine, and once I saw it in person, I fell in love with the black with gold pinstripes that mine came in. And yes, I got a matching strap, and was pleasantly surprised that the Rotosound Nexus strings matched the colours amazingly (black for wound strings, gold for unwound). If I ever had to give up this guitar, I would be more sad than I could deal with.
Next is my 7-year old RR3 Randy Rhoads. Bolt-on, licensed Floyd, came with Duncan-Designed pickups that weren’t potted so had loads of microphonic feedback - not good. I modded it with a new pickguard in diamondplate metal, celtic cross knobs, and then swapped out the pickups for some from a now bankrupt guy-in-a-shed type pickup company, Swineshead Pickups. The neck pup is coil-splittable to give a really good telecaster singlecoil sound. I’m selling this, by the way, if anyone is interested, send me an ask for details.
Last up is my super-cheap Les Paul copy. I think I paid £46 plus postage for this, brand new, off ebay. The stock pickups, tuners, bridge, basically everything on it, were crap. So, new tuners, bridge, pickguard, and pickups were the order of the day, and because the neck on it is actually really nice, it’s now a really great guitar - it plays really well, stays in tune, and sounds great. Once all of that was sorted, I started painting it, and I’m pretty pleased with the result. It’s called Yggdrasil.
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Me with the most amazing guitar I’ve ever had my hands on, my Jackson KE5FR Kelly
Might get one of these. Wished that Jackson gives passive pickup options (Passive Seymour Duncan, Dimarzios).
I also wish that they’d do some production 7-strings in their more ‘metal’ body shapes - I would love a &-string Kelly but would settle for a King V or Rhoads. Not the Warrior though. Urgh.
That said, if this is in the X-series, I’m getting one (hardtail), ripping the EMGs out and putting some Dimarzio D activators in it. Sweet.
Seriously, who doesn’t bother trimming the string ends? Not only does it fuck up the tuning stability, but it looks fucking AWFUL.
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If you aren’t interested in buying/can’t afford to but just want to look at pictures of guitars, there’s more here. Please reblog if you think any of your followers might be interested, cheers.