Jackson JJ4 Scott Ian
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Hatsubai 04/11/2011

Jackson JJ4 Scott Ian : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Kinda ugly"
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This is probably one of the uglier models that they released, in my opinion. The pinstriping is supposed to look like an old school hotrod, I guess. The body shape and overall looks I just can't really get over, but it had a few good points about it that I'm sure others would absolutely love. The guitar has what I believe is a mahogany body, a maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, 22 frets with dot inlays, a hard tail bridge, two humbuckers, one volume, a kill switch and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The first thing I noticed about this guitar was the pinstriping. I used to be in the business of assisting with that kind of thing, and I can't say it was the best job in the world. Still, considering that it's just a guitar, it's probably good enough. The guitar was a bit heavy, and I'm not a fan of super heavy guitars. It was probably in the 8lb range, which I felt was a bit much for this size. The neck shape was fairly comfortable, but I can get along with pretty much any neck shape out there. The frets were decent, but they weren't anything too spectacular. The ends were a bit sharp, and I wasn't able to get super low action, but like I said, it was decent.

SOUNDS

The guitar had a Seymour Duncan Invader in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan JB in the neck. The Invader in the bridge is a super powerful bridge pickup that has lots of bass. It's a bit too fizzy for me, and I find that it lacks clarity. Some bands can use it with great success (Nile comes to mind), but I never got along with it. It's pretty much only a metal pickup, and it can't do other genres real well. The JB in the neck is a bit rare, and you don't see it too often. It's a high output neck pickup, and it can be a bit bitey. It's nice for those 80s style shred leads, but it can be a bit hard to get a nice, smooth tone for legato and sweeping. It's good, but there are better pickups out there, in my opinion.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is decent in terms of quality, but there are better guitars out there. There are also a lot of guitars out there that aren't nearly as ugly as this. Maybe I'm just prejudice against the way this looks, but I couldn't really dig it. I'm sure other people can, though. You can get these real cheap, but they can be hard to sell.