By: KT from Ephrata, PA
Your general opinion of this product.
In the shadow of the MIJ Jackson DK2M and Pro Series lies the MIM Jackson DK2M. Does it meet the lofty expectations of Jackson's previous best bargain for shred standards? Yes, and exceeds it. I know heresy, but truth is truth. This guitar is amazing.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Excellent craftsmanship and quality right out the gate. There were some rumblings about the 3 bolt neck joint, but it feels solid and the new heel cut away literally makes me feel like upper fret access is in the palm of my hand.
I expect no quality issues currently or over time.
The only problem that I've seen with this OFR-2000 trem is that the springs seem potentially weaker. When I'm doing Drop C tuning with 12-48 gauge strings, I needed to add a fourth spring which I haven't had to do on any of my OFRs, specials or older Jackson branded FR Pros trems.
Not a huge deal, but they should come with heavier springs or additional ones from the factory.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
I've had guitars in the past with the JB/59 set and they never lasted long. Somewhere between the extra beasty-ness of the bolt on, the maple neck, alder body, these pickups work better than expected. I'm not sold on these passives in general, but they do work here.
Time will tell on that one.
Alder/maple runs brighter and snappier, especially with the maple fretboard, but this guitar still has enough resonance to handle heavy riffage with the shred.
How did the stain or paint job look?
I went with the silverburst. It's almost sexual how amazing it looks in photo and in person. Maple board, black binding, white logo, black hardware with the silver burst was a well planned move on Jackson's part.
As an active PUP guy, zebra patterns are rarely in my world, but here they fit the bill perfectly.
If I can't get piranha inlays, I'll take offset dots over sharkfins. So this is a winner for me.
Additional qualms for Jackson: Silverburst and black finishes look amazing, but why on earth did they put a rosewood fretboard on the white finish? Idiotic move. I think they've heard this from nearly everyone.
If the white model had a maple board I probably would own two of these instead of one. The black finish is beckoning as well, but the white would've been over the top GAS inducing.