6/02/2016

2004 Jackson Japan-Made DKMGT "Dinky" Electric Guitar





While clearly not my cup of tea, I can respect the "rawk-y-ness" of this electric, for sure. It's well-built, very clean, and has a full, clear tone (for big old EMGs) followed-up with an active "boost" circuit that operates on a push/pull "third knob" and can drive it up +20db. Sheesh! That bit where the recording above clips-out is where I'm engaging the boost too-hot.

For a carved-body "Superstrat" guitar, this thing is fairly light despite its alder body. I like the string-through mounts with the Gibson-style ToM bridge setup, too. It's simple and practical. There's plenty of places to check out all the features on this guitar on the web, as they were selling these fairly recently, new. This one dates around 2004, and looks like it basically hasn't been played. During setup I removed the plastic film off of the truss rod cover as that had never been done before.


They call this model "Dinky" because the body is a 7/8 variant of your average Strat sizing. It also has an absurd amount of fret access -- right up to #24.


The "katana-style" headstock is pretty wild. The nut is also that slippery GraphTech stuff. The neck feels like a pretty typical modern electric -- it's natural maple on the back, has jumbo frets, a slim C-shaped profile, a 14" radius, and 1 11/16" nut width. The ivoroid binding at the edges of the rosewood board is kind of interesting, however.


The neck is straight and the truss works well. I did slightly enlarge the truss-rod access pocket to be able to get various tools on it, however. Action is dialed-in perfectly at 1/16" ADGBE and 3/32" low E at the 12th fret.


The finish is a medium-dark metallic blue and all the hardware is black. Both pickups are EMG-HZ units and this has...


...a neck-middle-bridge switch and volume, tone, and boost-engager/volume set knobs.



It's strange to see a guitar like this so clean. I usually see these import Jacksons all nicked-up from, you know, "rawk-y-ness."




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