|Needs a lot of work
|What is your opinion of this product?
|I have been buying, setting up, customizing, repairing, maintaining and playing electric guitars for over 40 years.
I have many high-end guitars and wanted something different to mess around with.
So, recently, I bought several inexpensive guitars, like this JS-32 Rhoads.
This Rhoads needed to be set-up properly and tweaked, but that's not all...
The shield on the output wire was not grounded, causing a buzz.
There was a poor, failed attempt to level the frets, done at the factory.
They are pretty much a mess and rough, some not crowned and not smoothed and none polished.
The action of several of the tuning machines is quite sloppy and the volume pot failed about a week ago.
I also have a Dinky Minion and a Rhoads Minion that also had problems.
Quality control at Jackson appears to be lacking.
They are packed extremely well, but I would be ashamed to make and sell guitars with that many flaws.
In my younger days, I would have returned this guitar as completely unacceptable.
However, this is basically a good axe and tweaking guitars to perfection is what I like to do.
It certainly makes a great repair demonstration instrument.
The guitar is quite resonant, the carbon fiber reinforced neck is great, the hardware is solid, and the pickups sound quite good to me.
It is not perfect, but for the price, I think I got a cool axe that will play very well when I am finished working on it.
I also have multiple Ibanez Mikros that I like very much.
They are similar to the Jackson Minions and yet quite different.
Although the Ibanez appear to be better quality instruments, it is difficult to stabilize their tuning and
the selector switches on two of them have failed!
I believe that the Minions play better, have far more stable necks, more even string balance and much better frets.
Much better than the JS-32!
If you want a $299 guitar, super for high gain metal and shredding but not limited to that,
and if you are able to accept the flaws and/or do some serious fret work and make the repairs and adjustments necessary, then go for it.