Submitted October 20, 2016 by Vernon W in Hatfield, AR
"Jackson S22 Monarkh"
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First of all, I opened the box, and found another box. Opened it, and yes another box. Got it opened and the guitar was wrapped in some foam wrapping nice and well protected. care was taken ti make sure it wasnt damaged in shipping. I was really happy with this. The guitar looks real nice. Neck feels and plays great. I had to smooth the edges on the nut a little. There was a sharp point on top and bottom of it that wasnt very kind to my hand when i would go from the 17th fret to the 1st at 130 BPS. Over all im very happy with how it plays for a cheaper guitar. And when i say cheaper, i dont mean lower quality. The quality of this guitar is there. The pots feel firm and smooth. the toggle Feels nice too. The tuning machines feel really really good. And stays in tune through many heavy metal songs played back to back. The pups are good, and bad. More about that below. The strings that came on it was changed right away. Im not sure what kind they are, but i didnt like them. Im an E.B. extra slinky person.
The pups are hotter than i expected for a cheaper guitar. With high gain and some 5th's it rocks! If your a beginner, and like rock/metal, you will love it. And it has great sustain. For a player that has played on more high end guitars with more$$$ pups in them, you will notice that it lacks tone, and the G and B string can sound harsh and not clear at all. Also with a clean sound the bridge and neck pup lacks tone and dosnt clean up very well without rolling back the tone and volume pot a little. My EMG 81X in my Ibanez SA sounds cleaner without rolling back the tone or volume. So if you plan on playing some country or just with a clean sound on your amp, dont expect much from this guitar without doing a pup swap. I bought this guitar without much expectations regarding the pups. Even though i was kinda impressed that they sounded as good as they did, I bought an EMG 81/85 the same day.
Not really any "features" to review
Ease of Use
It plays great! The neck plays wonderful and it frets real easy. Its a jackson, so the name should say it all!!
Very well made. The neck, the body, the tuning machines, and the pots all feel really nice. And it stays in tune!! I have played several Slayer, Megadeth, and Alice in chains songs in a row, checked my tuning and its still right were it needed to be!
Well worth the cost
The Wow Factor
Not much "wow" factor, until I put the EMG 81/85 active pups in it, plugged in in my line 6 75 watt, put the volume straight up, Slayer, south of heaven! It Rocks!!!
Been playing a very long time
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