Jackson Kelly Guitar

The Jackson Kelly Guitar is a singlecut offset style that has one foot firmly planted in the 1980s. Those jagged, sharp cuts look and feel terrific without being visually obnoxious. Although pickups, woods, and hardware differ according on the line, the Kelly is commonly seen with a Floyd Rose type bridge, a 25.5-inch scale length, and 24 jumbo frets as standard.

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Kelly can be found in Jackson’s JS, X, and Pro series lineups. JS models have high output in-house pickups, a one-piece maple neck, a poplar body, and a very quick slim neck.

The X series raises the bar with a clever compound radius fingerboard, Floyd Rose Special bridge, and more fantastic finish options. If you’re looking for maximum performance, the Pro series has Seymour Duncan pickups, neck-through-body construction, and high-quality exotic woods.

Jackson Kelly Guitar JS32

Jackson Guitars’ Jackson Kelly, or KE, is a highly modified version of the Gibson Explorer. The guitar has been in production since the early 1980s and is available in a variety of configurations. It rose to prominence in the early to mid-1990s as a result of its utilization by Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman.

Jackson JS32 Kelly

It was designed and named after Bradford Kelly, the guitarist for the early 1980s Australian heavy metal band Heaven. Marty Friedman of Megadeth, who had his own unique model at the time, popularized it subsequently.

The Jackson Kelly has been available in a variety of formats over the years, with some being discontinued, such as the Marty Friedman signature model, the Jackson KE1, and the ‘Professional’ series.

Best Jackson Kelly JS32

The Kelly is distinguished by the traditional Jackson pointed headstock. The neck has a very thin profile, standard 24 jumbo frets, a neck-thru design, and is generally rather long from the body.

These characteristics give the Kelly a very high level of playability, particularly in genres such as heavy metal. The lone exception is the ‘JS32,’ an entry-level model with a bolt-neck and dot-style inlays, albeit the JS32 now has Sharkfin inlays.

The Performer Series PS6T is a Bolt on 22 fret version of the Kelly. The neck is usually inlaid with shark fins and has a Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard. The body is often composed of Alder or Basswood.

The guitar comes with both active and passive pickups. The only Jackson Kelly model with active pickups is the ‘Jackson KEXMG’ from the ‘Jackson X Series’ line.

It has an active ‘EMG 81’ pickup in the bridge and an active ‘EMG 85’ pickup in the neck. All models save the ‘KEXMG’ have passive pickups.

The entry-level ‘JS32’ has stock Jackson pickups, whilst the more expensive variants have different Seymour Duncan pickup models.

The model is available with a locking tremolo system. In general, it is a Floyd Rose Special, while Floyd Rose Original systems are utilized in the more expensive variants produced in the United States. The ‘JS32’ models can also be equipped with a Floyd Rose licensed by Jackson.

The Jackson Kelly comes standard with a volume knob, a tone knob, and a button to switch between pickups.

It is available in a variety of colors, the most common of which being ‘Gloss Black’.