JACKSON PRO SERIES DINKY DK2 ASH & X SERIES MONARKH SCX ZEBRAWOOD £819 & £559
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some guitars automatically transport you back to a time and place. You can’t pick up an Olympic White Fender Stratocaster and not imagine Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. A Gretsch Country Gentleman? George Harrison in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. A yellowed Alpine White Gibson Les Paul Custom? Steve Jones, a knotted hanky, and the rest of the Sex Pistols in 1977. The list goes on...
For those of us who were actually alive at the time, a twin-humbucker, doublelocking rock/metal/shred machine plonks us right back in the mid-to-late 80s. This was the era when guitarists were ‘gunslingers’ with a loaded six-string on their backs. They played for keeps apparently with a 22-inch waist, a bicycle pump thrust conspicuously down the inside leg, with hair like Tina Turner’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome fright wig.
The new Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK2 taps right into what dexterous widdlers of the 80s considered to be the ultimate sixstring specification: a ‘super-Strat’ format with two direct-mount Seymour Duncans, a floating Floyd Rose vibrato, big frets on a flat ’board, and a pointy headstock on a neck you could slide under an airtight door.
On the face of it, the double-cut, whammy-spec’d bolt-on Dinky DK2 and the single-cut, set-neck, hardtail Monarkh SCX that joins it in this review, appear to have little in common. Not so. Aside from a snake-hipped neck profile both guitars are the result of Jackson moving away from traditional metal/shred body timbers.
Getting to grips with the Mexico-born Dinky DK2 first, the Strat-like body, albeit with sharper edges, is cut from ash which is coated in a Charcoal Gray finish. Jackson has allowed the finish to sink into the wood grain meaning you can feel every bump and crevice in the wood. Tactile you might say. Bottom line: it looks fantastic. The body is contoured for rib cages and beer bellies on the back, and ’round the front to accommodate your forearm.
The quality control in this thing is higher than Jon Bon Jovi’s wail. For example, the vibrato recess has a foam pad at the bottom to prevent noise when you pull up on the double-locking Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 vibrato. The pickup cavities are routed beautifully, playing host to a pair of direct mount Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
Let’s be honest. No one at Jackson lost any sleep over the choice of pickups here. Installing a TB-4 JB Trembucker in the bridge position and a SH-1N ’59 at the neck has become a rock guitar cliché. The good news is, this setup still offers the best combo of power, clarity and tone in our opinion so we’ll greet it as an old friend.
with its Charcoal Gray finish the build quality on the Dinky Dk2 is higher than Jon bon Jovi’s wail