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Jackson DK2M Dinky Pro review

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Jackson DK2M is a professional series japanese production guitar with rock/metal bite and sharp looks.

Tuning stability 8/10?

Fine tuners work nicely and they are precise, bridge itself seems to have some issues however I didn't have enough time to test its stability. Being properly set up it went out of tune after only few not too deep dives.

Acoustic sound 7/10

Nice tones, bright and full, but not consistent in overall. There are some notes that have noticably shorter sustain than others, like for instance 12th fret on G3 string.

Electric sound 9/10

Being not a big fan of Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck/Jazz tandem I was positively surprised by the electric sound produced by DK2M. Full, crispy, powerful and well defined.

Finish 10/10

Not only flawless, but also very precise. Fantastic work.

Neck 7/10

The neck is comfortable, slick. It would be perfect if only bolt-on area had a proper profile because it's just an ordinary block of wood with metal plate that gets in the way when you're trying to reach last frets.

Table 1 Jackson DK2M neck dimensions

Dimension Value
Width at nut 43mm
Width at 24th fret 57mm
Thickness at 1st fret 19mm
Thickness at 12th fret 21.5mm
Fingerboard radius 12-16" compound

Features 8/10

Numerous features, including Seymour Duncans, professional lightweight case, low profile double locking tremolo and cool fingerboard markers that add to it all. What it could have is a 5-way switch with coil splitting and a better neck joing profile. Back plate that covers bridge cavity could have holes for quick tension adjustment ant restringing the instrument.

Balance 9/10

Well balanced and comfortable instrument, no issues here.

Weight 9/10

Seems proper, it's not light or heavy, feels about right given its compact body.

Price 8/10

Around 800 bucks, considering finish quality, fine pickups and professional hard case it's not that steep.

Specification

  • 24 jumbo frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard
  • Alder body
  • Jackson double locking low profile tremolo under Floyd Rose patent
  • Seymour Duncan TB-4 Jeff Beck and SH-2N Jazz (HH)
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 volume pot
  • 1 tone pot
  • Finish - Black
  • Year of production - 2008 (s/n: 9850480)
  • Country of production - Japan

Advantages

pic Electric sound
pic High quality finish
pic Easy neck
pic Professional, lightweight hard case

Drawbacks

pic Limited upper fret access
pic Sustain of some notes
pic Tremolo
pic Limited pickup switching system
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