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Jackson JS32 Dinky Review (2021)

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The Jackson JS32 Dinky Electric Guitar

If you are really longing to play the guitar that lets you achieve the classic Jackson tone, but can’t afford the expensive one, here is an alternative.

The Jackson JS32 Dinky gives you the looks, feel playability, and the classic tone of the original version at a fairly lower price.

Jackson JS32 dinky review
the jackson js32 electric guitar. Photo provided by FMIC

This guitar is made for those who are serious in their game. It’s made as low-cost as possible to give you more savings.

But, the manufacturing process is the same as the expensive guitars, hence, you still got that great guitar.

Below are some of the features boosted in this guitar. If these things ring a bell to you, then, JS32 Dinky is your favorite pick.

Beautiful Finish and Craft

Jackson is famous for slender and elegant designs, and the JS32 Dinky envelopes these features and more. It has elegant archtop mahogany and basswood combined body with a bolt-on neck with graphite reinforcement.

The rosewood fretboard comes with a compound radius of 12”-16”, 25.5 scale length, and 2 jumbo frets.

Since Jackson guitars are also famous for their aggressive motifs, you can see Pearloid sharkfin inlays in the fretboard and a bound headstock. The binding gives more resilience to the headstock and the neck.

 

Great Humbucking Pickups

You have those dual Jackson high-output humbucking pickups with ceramic magnets at the bridge and the neck.

The ceramic pickups give greater input to the electric guitar. These two pups compliment the Jackson sound well but still produce the hard rock or metal twang.

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Reliable Hardware and Electronics

Aside from the incredible humbucking pickups, the bridge got a Jackson-licensed double-locking tremolo.

This is manufactured by a company known to produce a great and crazy tremolo bars. So, you know JS Dinky has something awesome in it.

The pickups are connected to a three-way pickup switch, a master, and a tone volume control. Pickup switching gives you the option to use bridge pickup only, both bridge and neck pickups and neck pickup only.

Tuning machines are Jackson’s quality die-cast, which works well to keep the guitar in perfect tune.

Incredible Sound

Of course, you’ll definitely get the classic Jackson tone. No doubt about that. Every single part – from the body to the hardware – is well-crafted to achieve the signature Jackson tone.

The guitar sounds great right out of the box. Perhaps, a few tweaks are required, but no need to bring this to a professional luthier.

Thanks to the beautiful finish, fairly straight neck, and flawless fretboard, fretwork is very easy and allows you to play this thing for hours.

You can also achieve that lightning action, famous for most Jackson guitars. The full 24-fret range also gives you more room for playing.

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Best Bang for the Buck

Again, this guitar may be offered at a very low price, but it’s not a cheap bargain. It’s not even a bargain at all.

In fact, it’s a great investment because you can see a lot of new things coming into this guitar.

Just to mention a few for example. The high-output humbucking pickups, the bound headstock, and graphite-enforced neck are some of the great features of this guitar.

Played by Legends

Jackson is a resounding guitar brand played by legends and JS32 Dinky is just waiting for you to uncover the star in you.

It has everything you need as a beginner. Great playability, aesthetics, build, controls, you name it.

With hundreds of cheap guitars out there, it’s very hard to decide which one.

But, choose the guitar that has been trusted by real players. If you’ll buy a Jackson guitar, you’ll never go wrong with it, since it’ll already be tried and tested by experts.

 

Pros

  • The neck is super fast
  • Sounds and feels incredible
  • No fret buzzes

Cons

  • Sharp fret edges

 

Drawbacks

A simple, straightforward and easy-to-learn guitar.

However, it would be great to maximize the electronics, especially with the coil-tap feature.

Or, adding a middle pickup could make this guitar more versatile and can access a wide range of tones.

However, for beginners, this is a great buy.

But, for advanced players, this is something too basic, and I would recommend getting this Jackson Pro Dinky DK2M instead.

This is just my personal analysis, so, it won’t really matter much to you. We have different preferences, anyway.

Verdict

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Although it brings the craftsmanship of Jackson flagship guitars, JS32 Dinky has its own uniqueness. This is the selling point of this guitar, and why many people love the Dinky.

This thing got better pickups and electronics, and the archtop itself is something new that definitely adds more value.

Is this a great value-for-money electric guitar?

Absolutely. You can’t find any greater guitar in the market with a price this low. For beginners, this is a good head start.

With all the great features mentioned here, this guitar is worth checking out. Just to highlight it’s well crafted and built with great materials and electronics.

So, if you are looking for a cheap guitar to be trusted, this one will really save the day.

Guitar Junky
Hi there, I’m Charles, chief editor here at The Guitar Junky. I'm a professional guitarist, and have over 10 years experience in playing guitar, piano, and other music instruments. When not working, I love playing with my two lovely kids, Caryss and Philip. Read more about our team of music experts here.

1 COMMENT

  1. I bought one of these,the natural oil finish,late last year and it’s a thoroughly great guitar. I almost completely agree with you (we all have our own preferences and opinions so there’s bound to be the odd difference here and there regarding the specifics…..and amen to that !!!).For any beginner this is a marvellous guitar,truly so.I wish I had something like this when I started playing but there really wasn’t the quality and range of budget guitars in 1990 like there is today.Where I would disagree though is the point about it being too basic for an advanced player. I love Strats and own several which in many ways are more basic than this guitar.

    My Gibson Les Paul doesn’t have coil splits or taps either which to my mind is nothing but a great thing,I really have yet to find a split or tapped HB that sounds that good to me.The full HB may sound great but once it’s split it’s never quite one thing or the other,of course that’s simply my personal opinion and no more but my point is even an advanced player can find a hell of a lot to like,even love about this guitar.

    Yes,if you have the cash spare then you probably would go for a higher grade Jackson but I only had around £300 to spare when I bought mine and for that money I’m absolutely blown away by this guitar and love it to death. I will say though,as alluded to already,I’ve both been playing for – well I can count it in decades rather than years also I’ve played Stratocasters and Les Pauls almost exclusively.This is my very first foray into the ‘Superstrat’ shedders type guitar so quite possibly someone with years playing these style guitars may well find it too basic
    but coming from playing the more traditional style electrics I am impressed by the feel of the neck,the compound radius and that bridge/tremelo is far superior to the 2 point/6 screw Fender trems I’m so used to.

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