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Jackson DK2M Dinky

DK2M Dinky, STC-Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the Pro series.

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King Loudness12/30/2011

King Loudness's review"Cool mid level superstrat"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
The Jackson Dinky DK2M is a great mid level superstrat guitar that is designed to offer an exellent shred guitar with the signature Jackson playability at a price that won't break the bank like some of the higher end models might. It features an alder body, a maple neck and fretboard with 24 frets, black hardware, a Floyd Rose licensed locking tremolo, a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers (Jazz and JB) and a simple volume/tone/pickup switch layout. This guitar is not one of the super cheap Jackson JS models made in India or China, but rather is one of the nicer midline models that's made in Japan, so you're getting a good guitar for the cash.

UTILIZATION

The design of this guitar is pretty ergonomic overall. The body has that nice superstrat shape and the whole guitar is reasonably light too. The neck has a great fast feel and the thin profile is perfect for shredding on. The upper fret access is great on these guitars as the neck joint has been modified from the typical Fender design to facilitate access to the top frets.

Getting a nice sound out of this guitar is pretty simple overall, which is helped by the good quality wood and the Seymour Duncan pickups, which are almost the same as the ones used in the USA Select Series guitars. The tones are quite good for lead work and can even sound good for rhythms as well.

SOUNDS

The tones out of this guitar are pretty good overall. It's definitely designed to sound best for brighter shred work, but when used for things like cleans or lower gain tones, it doesn't sound too too bad. I don't find it has the sparkle of a Fender or similar, so the cleans are more of a modern processed kind of sound rather than an organic type of clean. The distorted tones are very bright and clear sounding. This is ideal for all kinds of lead playing from sweep arpeggios using the neck pickup and fast alternate picking or tapping using the bridge pickup. It sounds cool for rhythm work too, as the pickups have a certain tightness that works reasonably well for rock or metal chord work.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Jackson DK2M is a great buy for anyone looking for a reasonably priced entry into the superstrat world that has the looks, feel and tone of some much higher priced instruments. It comes in at about $600 new which is great because of the quality that is put into this. If you're looking for a guitar that combines flashy Jackson looks with a feel perfect for shredding topped off with great tones from the Duncan pickups, give the Jackson DK2M a look, it is set to shred!
iamqman11/22/2011

iamqman's review"Nice axe!!!"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
These have to be my favorite Jackson instruments that they make. It's very close to the superstrat style of guitars that have been very common in the 80s crowd such as the Charvel guitars. To basically this is almost exactly like a new production Charvel guitar. There are subtle differences such as the tremolo system has been cut away from the body so what sits down flatter across the frets. Most of the Charbvel guitars have the Floyd Rose mounted on top of the body. You get to see more Duncan pick up switches usually standard in many of the Charbvel guitars. You also have the rock hard maple neck which is a little bit different than most Jackson guitars that feature the rosewood back. You get a typical shark fin inlays within the frets.

UTILIZATION

Series: Pro Series

Body: alder

Neck: rock maple with scarf joint

Headstock: Jackson 6-in-line pointed

Tuning machines: sealed die-cast

Fingerboard: maple with 14-inch to 16-inch compound radius

Number of frets: 24

Fret size: jumbo

Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB humbucker

Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-2n humbucker

Controls: master volume, master tone

Bridge: Jackson licensed Floyd Rose tremolo

Pickup switching: 3-position toggle: bridge pickup, bridge and neck pickup, neck pickup

Hardware: chrome

Strings: NPS, gauges: .009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042

Scale length: 25.5 in.

Width at nut: 1-11/16 in.

SOUNDS


The tone is guitar is a very exciting tone because it has a great frequency response with any amplifier that you use. I think it must be the alder wood combination with the rock hard maple neck that just really excites a high gain amplifier. The color of it is pretty usual and standard with any type of hard rock or metal guitarist. However the overall feel and tone of this guitar is extremely versatile and fun to play. If you like the pointy headstock then this is a great guitar for you. It's a fun guitar and the neck is very comfortable to play as well.

OVERALL OPINION

These guitars you can find new for right around $600 or so. However they're going to be a little bit harder to find because they have been discontinued. So if you looking for something more comparable than you might have to go with one of the newer production model Jackson guitars. Overall they're a fun guitar and very cool looking to boast.
Hatsubai11/11/2011

Hatsubai's review"Nice maple board model"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
Jackson has been in a bit of a slump the past few years after Fender bought them out, but the newer experimental models they're releasing are pretty cool. This guitar has the following specs:

Alder body with flamed maple veneer
Bolt-on maple neck
Binding
12"-16" Compound radius
24 jumbo frets
Black sharkfin position inlays
Two humbuckers
3 way switch
Master volume, master tone
Jackson licensed floyd rose

UTILIZATION

The guitar is put together fairly decently. I noticed that the edges of the frets aren't quite as beveled as the upper models tend to be, and that's fairly common on these kinds of models. The binding is done nicely, and I didn't notice any issues regarding that. However, the biggest issue I have with this guitar is that the floyd rose that they put on this is pure trash. It's one of those really cheap pot metal ones. Over time, it won't hold like the real deal will, so I recommend replacing it with an original if you're going to keep this guitar. The Gotoh is a nice alternative as well. You'll not only get a stability benefit, but you'll also get a nice tonal benefit as I honestly feel the original floyds sound better than some of these cheaper licensed ones.

SOUNDS

The guitar has real Seymour Duncan pickups installed in it, and it really helps make it stand out compared to some of the other lower models in the Jackson line up. The JB in the bridge is a very love or hate pickup, but it's been the staple of high output pickups for the past 30+ years. It has a bitey treble and somewhat loose low end, but it lends itself to being a great "jack of all trades" pickup. It can do everything from blues to death metal. The Jazz in the neck is pretty interesting, but I find that it can be a bit bright and "clean" sounding for leads. It works nice for cleans, but under gain, it's somewhat synthetic sounding. I find that these work best in guitars like Gibsons or something with a big slab of mahogany to help support the treble spectrum that the Jazz has.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend getting one of these, but if you do get it, replace the floyd with something that's better. Either the original or the Gotoh should fit right in without a problem, but you might want to confirm that on discussion forms before just buying and trying to install it. I also recommend buying used as you'll get a much better deal.
Hatsubai08/14/2011

Hatsubai's review"Nice maple board model"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
Jackson has been in a bit of a slump the past few years after Fender bought them out, but the newer experimental models they're releasing are pretty cool. This guitar has the following specs:

Alder body with flamed maple veneer
Bolt-on maple neck
Binding
12"-16" Compound radius
24 jumbo frets
Black sharkfin position inlays
Two humbuckers
3 way switch
Master volume, master tone
Jackson licensed floyd rose

UTILIZATION

The guitar is put together fairly decently. I noticed that the edges of the frets aren't quite as beveled as the upper models tend to be, and that's fairly common on these kinds of models. The binding is done nicely, and I didn't notice any issues regarding that. However, the biggest issue I have with this guitar is that the floyd rose that they put on this is pure trash. It's one of those really cheap pot metal ones. Over time, it won't hold like the real deal will, so I recommend replacing it with an original if you're going to keep this guitar. The Gotoh is a nice alternative as well. You'll not only get a stability benefit, but you'll also get a nice tonal benefit as I honestly feel the original floyds sound better than some of these cheaper licensed ones.

SOUNDS

The guitar has real Seymour Duncan pickups installed in it, and it really helps make it stand out compared to some of the other lower models in the Jackson line up. The JB in the bridge is a very love or hate pickup, but it's been the staple of high output pickups for the past 30+ years. It has a bitey treble and somewhat loose low end, but it lends itself to being a great "jack of all trades" pickup. It can do everything from blues to death metal. The Jazz in the neck is pretty interesting, but I find that it can be a bit bright and "clean" sounding for leads. It works nice for cleans, but under gain, it's somewhat synthetic sounding. I find that these work best in guitars like Gibsons or something with a big slab of mahogany to help support the treble spectrum that the Jazz has.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend getting one of these, but if you do get it, replace the floyd with something that's better. Either the original or the Gotoh should fit right in without a problem, but you might want to confirm that on discussion forms before just buying and trying to install it. I also recommend buying used as you'll get a much better deal.
Hatsubai07/24/2011

Hatsubai's review"My favorite color and fretboard wood"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
Jackson has been in a bit of a slump the past few years after Fender bought them out, but the newer experimental models they're releasing are pretty cool. This guitar has the following specs:

Alder body with flamed maple veneer
Bolt-on maple neck
Binding
12"-16" Compound radius
24 jumbo frets
Black sharkfin position inlays
Two humbuckers
3 way switch
Master volume, master tone
Jackson licensed floyd rose

UTILIZATION

The guitar is put together fairly decently. I noticed that the edges of the frets aren't quite as beveled as the upper models tend to be, and that's fairly common on these kinds of models. The binding is done nicely, and I didn't notice any issues regarding that. However, the biggest issue I have with this guitar is that the floyd rose that they put on this is pure trash. It's one of those really cheap pot metal ones. Over time, it won't hold like the real deal will, so I recommend replacing it with an original if you're going to keep this guitar. The Gotoh is a nice alternative as well. You'll not only get a stability benefit, but you'll also get a nice tonal benefit as I honestly feel the original floyds sound better than some of these cheaper licensed ones.

SOUNDS

The guitar has real Seymour Duncan pickups installed in it, and it really helps make it stand out compared to some of the other lower models in the Jackson line up. The JB in the bridge is a very love or hate pickup, but it's been the staple of high output pickups for the past 30+ years. It has a bitey treble and somewhat loose low end, but it lends itself to being a great "jack of all trades" pickup. It can do everything from blues to death metal. The Jazz in the neck is pretty interesting, but I find that it can be a bit bright and "clean" sounding for leads. It works nice for cleans, but under gain, it's somewhat synthetic sounding. I find that these work best in guitars like Gibsons or something with a big slab of mahogany to help support the treble spectrum that the Jazz has.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend getting one of these, but if you do get it, replace the floyd with something that's better. Either the original or the Gotoh should fit right in without a problem, but you might want to confirm that on discussion forms before just buying and trying to install it. I also recommend buying used as you'll get a much better deal.
tjon90106/16/2011

tjon901's review"Dinky with a maple fretboard!"

Jackson DK2M Dinky
These guitars hit the scene like a hurricane. When they first came out everyone was freaking out over the clean looks the maple fretboard with black inlays gave. The alpine white finish gave a touch of class also. These guitars were flying off the shelf and with good reason. They had the great Jackson playability with a new Jackson look. Jackson does not put out many guitars with maple fretboards and this guitar started a craze. Today it is still one of the hottest selling import Jacksons. The guitar features an Alder body with a rock maple bolt on neck. The fretboard is unfinished maple with jumbo frets and Jacksons famous compound radius fretboard and Jacksons trademark sharkfin inlays. he compound radius allows the for great playability on both ends of the neck. Near the headstock on the low end the radius is 12 inches which means the fretboard is slightly more curved up there to make playing chord shapes more comfortable. Near the high end the radius is 16 inches which makes shredding and lead playing effortless. The guitar comes with two Seymour Duncan pickups from the factory. It has a TB-4 in the bridge and a SH-2N in the bridge. The pickups are switched by a 3 way blade switch and there is a master volume and master tone knob. To finish it off there is a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo.

UTILIZATION

The unfinished maple fretboard feels great under your fingers. Because the guitar is bolt on construction it will have a heel at the neck joint unlike the higher end Jacksons that are neck through. Jackson has done their best to make sure the heel does not get in the way. They have recessed the heel and the back of the guitar. The jumbo frets let you get a nice action and the compound radius fretboard means that you can comfortably play on both ends of the neck. Unlike on the neck through Jacksons this guitars bolt on neck means you get a bare neck. Many people prefer the feel of bare wood to a finished neck. A finished neck can sometimes get sticky as you play the guitar and sweat. The licensed Floyd Rose tremolo is okay and will work fine with a proper setup.

SOUNDS

These guitars are very versatile in their sound. They can do any type of music. Coming with quality Seymour Duncan pickups from the factory put its ahead of most companies guitars which just come with in-house pickups. The TB4 in the bridge is a total machine and rips for metal and heavy rock. It is clear and defined and can handle the heaviest gain and lowest tunings. It has a nice high output so it will push your amp hard and give you a good tone. The SH2N fills the role of neck position perfectly. It gives you a nice smooth tone for your lead playing and can clean up really well for clean passages. It is great Jackson is putting in name brand pickups into their even reasonably priced guitars.

OVERALL OPINION

This guitar is great for the money. It has really great looks and playability. Maple fretboards are coming back in a big way. Jackson is starting to make other guitars with maple fretboards. Jackson really had a hit when they designed this guitar. You can really fall in love with the looks of it.
metallicam07/10/2009

metallicam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson DK2M Dinky
Violin:
Alder-COPR
Bolt-24 boxes
-Maple neck with maple fingerboard wide and flat
Pink-floyd

Email:
-Seymour Duncan TB-4 bridge
-Seymour Duncan SH-2 to handle
-A volume knob, one tone and a three position switch type Start, knobs and switches perfectly placed

Very nice shovel Jackson signed and made in japan: p
Only slight downside, the licensed floyd whose painting of the router is not tip top.
Failure of the series for which I refer to the manufacturer Cheaz: /

UTILIZATION

The neck is super nice, very flat, suitable for large and rythiques Shred, I never had as good a handle in the hands of that is a real highway, it's very annoying when you are e found, a nsuite have to play a les paul <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" /> , Weight not important or too low, you can feel it on us without dislocating the shoulders for all that, classic games as standard authorized access to the latest frets about right without being that of sg, the floyd is not super , fixation of the stem is unscrewed from below (I remove the back plate to tighten or remove the stem), but for the price just can not be perfect, fasteners straps are very good, to hell with ugly straps locks She has never taken down.

SOUNDS

So that's where it will bleed, I start to play a blank, when buying a vacuum sound was relatively average, but over time it became beautiful, reflecting the quality of wood which the princess is made, I branch, and then is happiness, I first see what sent by the sh-2 (race) in clean, enough but not too bold, tone knob very effective, it is sublime , a rich, delicate, lightly smacking, very good for the picking, arpeggios, or agreements relatively mild j'enclenche the crunch, the microphone output level quite low, a very slight crunch, a small amount blues the tone knob to for a more slamming is sublime, a chouilla stratabound, it takes the guts, a little chubby and a wonderful sound Bents, I go into overdrive, a etit AC / DC and the grain be really , a delight, we never tire of it, then I type in a little metal distortion, ca tent very well the road condition to manage his sound, so micro, rather round, slightly fat and slightly slamming.
I go into micro chvalet, a Seymour Duncan TB-4, whose reputation is well established, it is very clean in slamming, incisive and bold, for the funk is a very good condition to the tone at max, very bluesy crunch is also good, but more incisive, heavy, clean in it tends to quickly cruncher for something delicious, but with a bit of distortion we start soon on a small riff with a lot of the muscle zztop and energy, with a very large distortion the guitar reveals his soul, I think she is possessed <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt="mrgreen" /> It sends the wood, sound super powerful, muscular, fat, rich, and incisive, harmonics that come out very well, a wide vibrato, and dive bombs, ca sends very clear, the ah do well provided they are specific, it's a bit harder than a scratch on a tom with a slightly less long sustain.
The middle position does nothing more, its a fairly rich and full, a configuration that sends in all areas, but never as good as one of only two microphones.
Assets:
versatility, quality of metal that look good harmonics.
Minimum:
Lack of light sustain.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it every day since Christmas I tried some 08 ltd ec-1000 aquérir before, I much prefer the incisiveness and the muscular side of alder, this choice I would do a lot of times s' he needed was a sublime scratches, some finishing details and the quality of floyd leave may be slightly to be desired, but at her I have not found any scratches below the € 1,000 that can even compete with, so he put an Ibanez Edge Zero tremolo and you have an extremely good scratch, has completely the opposite of a les paul, which can offer a couple of scratches extremely complementary (ask Randy Rhoads what he thinks ), I fell madly in this scoop, I can be stumbled upon one of the best guitars in the series, because it really sends, the other scratch my group has an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra is in the same range price and absolutely no comparison.
I commend the firm Rican jackson for this little gem made in japan.
nono_sg08/29/2007

nono_sg's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson DK2M Dinky
CHARACTERISTICS see other opinions ^ ^

UTILIZATION

What's more, I can view with any other ...
This scratch is really good fit all styles of play, it all hangs on, the sound we are looking for is easy to find!
I invest more in the Bourin but when I get to play a little blues or jazz is nikel! And with that I want to say ... sweeping, tapping, legato, staccato ... It's been fun !!!^^

SOUNDS

Then, it was well suited my style!! I play on a small Marshall Valvestate 30W and spitting so I guess its not even with a tube amp sound ... Brief Bourin you guessed there's no concern but then the clean sound I ' silent skeptical but since I tried it I found a little compassion for the quiet songs! No just kidding ... to say she is super!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it recently but that's not why I have not had time to do lots of things!
What's great is that I love everything .... and ... well I would default the floyd for changing strings and all that stuff but boy when you want one floyd bin and we paying the price!
How else do better than the previous ones opinion ... for me they are gniaux then .... nothing to add!
I would do without this choice (but then without) hsiter ^ ^
milo_6802/18/2007

milo_68's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson DK2M Dinky
So have here is a beautiful prsence of Jackson DK2m spcificits here are the:

Japanese-Guitar
-Handle is Rabl (Saddle button) gives a more "slam" in clean example.
-2 Humbucker (Seymour Duncan JB TB4 in the bridge and Seymour Duncan Jazz in neck SH2N Humbucking)
-Master volume, master tone
Floyd-rose licensed
3-position selector
-Alder body

UTILIZATION

I use this sumptuous guitar depusi 3 months now, and I must say that I really have a lot o buttock to the price that I paid (750) because it meets all required only one I could atendre d good guitar.

The neck is perfect, no cramps and handling very easy (though I played on Ibanez, handle rput "Bisara") has both round and end, I personally working stream ca perfect but is a aprsc chaqun of to choose.

Aces o acute perfect Ocun problem.

Weight rsonable do everything.

Portard rgls well, not too sensitive when itempstif layup during a furious attack plectrum ^ ^.

Basically, I have this guitar imprssion t tailor-made for my hand and my weight.

SOUNDS

Then, have come o Valhalla.
This is litralement Bluff scratched, it is suitable for virtually all styles of music.

I'll start with the sound dcortiquer clean:
It's amazing, can go to have a blues sound, a sound of jazz to sound more "varitquot and then sound more like agrssif country, rock and slamming.
aa have our disposal all the proposed panel of sonority between the round and a trs trs slamming his (the all is how to play with the volume knob, Tone of the switch and all this combined with the amp;)

and now I go to the distortion, then, have a big feel good that Jackson expects to have a guitar with a style like this.
Again, have a distortion can go from crunch has a lot more cool distortion and of course through a distortion trsno and even hard rock.
the Seymour Duncan spits really contrary to what the have to believe. may be that by changing the SH2 and HS8 in a metant SH4 in place of TB4 have obtained more pattate but these are micro dja plundering of the true leg.

OVERALL OPINION

As stated above, this guitar, unwanted j for 3 months (on a peavey bandit 112) and I am Xtremely happy corespond it perfectly to my standards and my expectations. from my point of view, the report is qualitprix xlent but ur d say that Jackson is a bit expensive, are chaqun view.

n'tant still a modest amateur ssay j ^ ^ m interested in all types of music in order to aprendre the most technical and posible aporte m this guitar all day what I need.

Strengths: Polivalente, comfort, look, sound.

weakness: a slightly floyd pnible when changes have ropes or pulling (and yes it must be a dfault ^ ^)

I would do without this choice hsit