Jackson DK2M Dinky
Jackson DK2M Dinky

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

King Loudness 12/30/2011

Jackson DK2M Dinky : King Loudness's user review

« Cool mid level superstrat »

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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.


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.


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.


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!