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NAMM Day 1: Jackson announces 20 new models

Jory Mackay
NAMM Day 1: Jackson announces 20 new models

Jackson, the guitar manufacturer known for its metal and hardcore guitars, is introducing a collection of 20 new axes at Winter NAMM.

The 2013 lineup includes artist signature, Pro Series, Dinky and JS Series models.

First up, new in the artist signature series is the Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist 6 and 7. The Megadeth guitarist's new models feature an arch-top mahogany body and through-body maple neck, 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, 25.5" scale length, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, direct-mount DiMarzio Chris Broderick signature pickups, Floyd Rose Special tremolo (Special seven-string tremolo on seven-string model), Jackson die-cast tuners and Dunlop locking strap buttons, and are available in Satin Black and Snow White.

Next is the all-new Corey Beaulieu signature USA KV6 and KV7 guitars, designed for the Trivium guitarist.

Both of Corey's new models feature an alder body (AAA flame top on trans finish model), bound through-body quartersawn maple neck, compound-radius, ebony fingerboard with old-school sharkfin inlays, covered Seymour Duncan Blackout pickups with three-way toggle switching, single volume control, original Floyd Rose tremolo (seven-string tremolo on seven-string model), and Jackson tuners.

The guitar is available in Gloss Black, Transparent Black and Transparent Red and comes with a case.

Last of the new Artists Signature models is the Dave Ellefson signature Kelly Bird Bass. This is the latest addition to the Megadeth bassists arsenal of signature models. The four-string bass features a basswood body with Ellefson’s signature red pinstripe finish, bolt-on bound maple neck with 21 jumbo frets and block inlays, EMG pickups, two volume controls and three-band active EQ, Jackson high-mass four-string HM-4 bridge, and Jackson die-cast tuners and is available in Red Burst with Black Center-Stripe.

Jackson's Pro Series adds six new models including the limited edition Pro DKA Dinky in seven- and eight-string versions. Both models feature an arch-top alder body, bolt-on maple neck (flat-sawn) with graphite reinforcement, 16"-radius maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and offset position markers (12th-fret shark fin inlay on eight-string model), stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, 26.5" scale length, dual direct-mount DiMarzio D Activator 7 pickups (8 in eight-string model) with five-way switching, single volume and tone controls, momentary kill switch (for stutter effects), recessed Jackson HT-7 seven-string hard-tail string-through bridge (HT-8 in eight-string model), Planet Waves locking tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins.

The Pro DKA7 is available in Satin White while the Pro DKA8 is available in Metallic Black. 

Next up, the DK2HT Pro Series gets four new models: the Pro DK2HT, Pro DK2MHT, Pro DK2QHT (pictured above), and Pro DK2MQHT.

All of the guitars in the series feature an alder body, bound bolt-on neck (flat sawn) with graphite reinforcement, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard (maple in Pro DK2MHT and Pro DK2MQHT) with 24 jumbo frets, direct-mount Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and ’59 (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way switching, single volume tone controls, stylish headstock binding, direct-mount Jackson HT-6 hard-tail string-through bridge, locking Jackson tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins.

The DK2QHT and DK2MQHT Pro Series offer the same specifications, with the additional feature of a striking 1/8 4A quilt maple cap. The DK2HT is available in Metallic Black; DK2MHT in Metallic Purple and Blue Glow; the DK2QHT in Natural and Transparent Red; and the DK2MQHT in Chlorine Burst and Transparent Red.

In the USA select series, there are four new models: USA Select B7MG, USA Select B7MG Deluxe, USA Select B8MG, and USA Select B8MG Deluxe (pictured above).

The seven-string B7MG features a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and oil finish, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27" scale length, direct-mount EMG 707 (neck) and 81-7 (bridge) pickups, Jackson direct-mount HT-7 hard-tail string-through bridge, Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins.

The USA Select B7MG Deluxe offers the same specifications as the B7MG, but with a 1-piece neck-thru-body quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint. Both models are available in Walnut Stain, Au Natural, Satin Black, and Satin Grey. 

The eight-string USA Select B8MG features a beveled alder body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement, compound-radius ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and side-dot position markers, 27" scale length, direct-mount EMG 808 pickups, Jackson direct-mount HT-8 hard-tail string-through bridge, Jackson-branded Gotoh tuners and Dunlop locking strap pins.

The USA Select B8MG Deluxe offers the same specifications as the B8MG, but with a 1-piece neck-thru-body quartersawn maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint. Both models are available in Walnut Stain, Au Natural, Satin Black, and Satin Grey.

Finally, the JS Series gets three new guitars and two new basses.

The JS22-7 DKA Dinky JS Series seven-string features an arch-top basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 16"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and "piranha" inlays, 26.5" scale length, dual high-output Jackson humbucking pickups, single volume and tone controls, direct-mount hard-tail bridge, and die-cast tuners. The guitar is available in Satin Black.

The JS32-7Q Dinky JS Series seven-string (pictured above), also available with eight strings as the JS32-8Q Dinky, features an arch-top basswood body with a dazzling quilt maple top, bolt-on maple neck, 16"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and piranha inlays, 26.5" scale length, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, dual high-output Jackson seven-string humbucking pickups (eight-string on JS32-8Q Dinky), single volume and tone controls, direct-mount Jackson HT-7 (HT-8 on JS32-8Q Dinky) hard-tail bridge, and die-cast tuners.

The JS32-7Q Dinky is available in Natural while the JS32-8Q Dinky is available in Transparent Red.

The four-string JS3QM Concert Bass and JS3VQM Concert Bass feature a basswood body with a quilt maple top, super-stable bolt-on maple neck with 24-fret compound-radius rosewood fingerboard, stylish fingerboard and headstock binding, 34" scale length (35" on the JS3VQM), dual high-output Jackson pickups, two volume controls and three-band active EQ (mid/low/high), high-mass four-string Jackson bridge (five-string on the JS3VQM), and die-cast mini tuners.

The JS3QM is available in Transparent Red and Transparent Blue while the JS3VQM comes in Transparent Amber and Transparent Black.

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