Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
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Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)

KE3 Kelly (Before 2006), V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the Pro series.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 12 reviews )
 9 reviews75 %
 2 reviews17 %
MGR/Julz Shred12/17/2005

MGR/Julz Shred's review"Jackson KE3"

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
I've being playing for 2 years and...7 months. I love metal, especially Megadeth m/ and technical rock, like symphony x and sikth. I'm in a band, but we dont' have a name yet. We rule though.

Not too sure, it was a Christmas present. I think i came from a shop in Cannock

The shape (although a bit hard to find a case for), the pick-ups are very good and have that nice chunky metal sound but can also scream if you want to go on a shredd rampage. I love the Floyd Rose, it's so acturate and with the nut-locks it stays in tune almost perfectly.

Just the fact that the shape makes it hard to transport, but considering it looks so evil, it's toally worth it.

Absolutley brilliant, beautiful design, expertly crafted and brilliant to play.

Just an amazing for the price. If you like metal then you should own one. If not, go and buy one.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Anonymous10/08/2004

MGR/Anonymous's review"Jackson Kelly KE3"

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
I got this Guitar at my local Guitar Center. I traded in an old squier and LP knock-off towards it. With my trade in, I got $200 off the $499 price tag. I loved the look, and couldn't resist after playing it.

First off, the look! It has a blue transparent finished flamed maple top. It also is explorer esque, but with a meaner look. Plus, the pickups are great, compared to other stock pickups I've heard.

I'm not a really big fan of floyd roses, so that was a little turn off. Plus, after I got it home, the tuners didn't work that great, but they work fine now. It's a little neck-heavy, too. that's about it.

It seems over-all, pretty good quality. Nothing has fallen apart or anything. Just that liuttle problem with the tuners, but it seemed to fix itself.

I love the guitar, thought about putting a four, but the only substantial problem with the guitar is that it's neck heavy, and that's not even that big of deal if you have control when holding it. Love the guitar!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Bob10/08/2004

MGR/Bob's review"Jackson Kelly KE3"

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
I got this Guitar at my local Guitar Center. I traded in an old squier and LP knock-off towards it. With my trade in, I got $200 off the $499 price tag. I loved the look, and couldn't resist after playing it.

First off, the look! It has a blue transparent finished flamed maple top. It also is explorer esque, but with a meaner look. Plus, the pickups are great, compared to other stock pickups I've heard.

I'm not a really big fan of floyd roses, so that was a little turn off. Plus, after I got it home, the tuners didn't work that great, but they work fine now. It's a little neck-heavy, too. that's about it.

It seems over-all, pretty good quality. Nothing has fallen apart or anything. Just that liuttle problem with the tuners, but it seemed to fix itself.

I love the guitar, thought about putting a four, but the only substantial problem with the guitar is that it's neck heavy, and that's not even that big of deal if you have control when holding it. Love the guitar!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/damian Thomas01/12/2004

MGR/damian Thomas's review"Jackson Kelly KE3"

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
my ke3 was orderd from pmt in cov england, it cost £660 with case, its deep trans red, NECK: Bolt-On Rock Maple
NECK: DIMENSIONS 1st Fret: .720”, 12th Fret: .805”
TUNING MACHINES: Die-Cast Tuners
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
NO. OF FRETS: 24 Jumbo Frets
BRIDGE PICKUP: Duncan Designed® DetonatorTM Humbucker
MIDDLE PICKUP: N/A
NECK PICKUP: Duncan Designed® DetonatorTM Humbucker
CONTROLS: Master Volume
BRIDGE: JT580 LP Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo
PICKUP SWITCHING: 3-Position Toggle:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
HARDWARE: Chrome


the shape the dimand inlays the playability the pinch harmonics are out of this world

it is neck heavy but thats it

the quality is amazing and it is built to a high standard ( i should no iv taken it apart)

the guitar is a quality guitar for a gig and looks amazing ( its a chick puller) if u like metal and dont no what to get get one of these

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Joe Jeczen01/31/2002

MGR/Joe Jeczen's review"Jackson KE3"

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
I needed a new guitar so I had my friend that has been playing bass for years help me out at the Guitar Center. He pointed out this bad ax that was all black with a odd-shaped body. Unlike my previous guitar this had the floyd-rose bridge. It was a steal at $300 bones used so I bought it on the spot.

It has a great sound to it and the action was superb. Very easy to play. Along with the floyd-rose bridge and the locks at the top of the neck this guitar hardly ever went out of tune. With the floyd-rose bridge I could make a lot of cool sounds that I couldn't with my old guitar. Finally, this guitar has a wicked look that somewhat resembles an ax. The looks alone make me want to play this thing.

It had a couple of nicks and need a few adjustments, but once I had all that worked out it was great. Also, this guitar is somewhat heavy weight-wise for my taste, but who cares when it sounds this great.

The only drawbacks on this guitar were that it was heavy (weight) and its odd shape made it awkward at first. The finish is nice, but since I bought it a lot of chips on the body- it is probably more my fault though because I banged it up a bit. The neck is really nice and thin just the way I like it. This lets me reach to make those chords easier,etc. It seems like a very durable product even though I have banged it up a lot. For the cash this was a very quality product and I am very impressed.

A great product especially for begginers. The springy action makes it almost effortless to play. Great sound, cool looking body, and it was affordable. It almost never goes out of tune! I prefer the floyd-rose bridge now. My next guitar will probably be a Jackson except with more refinements (volume knobs, gold hardware,etc.) If you see a cheap Jackson go for it.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Kelly199306/24/2012

Kelly1993's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A single model ..."

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
Made in Japan model with a Floyd Rose for Jackson.

Reverse handle (this is the only model I've seen with this configuration ..) 24 frets rosewood with mother of pearl shark teeth embedded.
Two micro Humbucker signed Jackson (I've never seen this type of micro earlier on this guitar ..)
A volume knob and a selector, simple but effective.

UTILIZATION

A handle end, small and very fast. A real pleasure to play on.
In terms of ergonomics, this guitar is one of the most practical guitar playing with the Stratocaster and Les Paul.
Access to high pitched without contortion, the last cargo is located about 2cm of the digging part of the body.
In sound, it really varies ropes. But in general, the last freight is clear.

SOUNDS

This is a perfect instrument for his saturated, but also for other kinds of sounds. Obviously, for what are blues, rock'n'roll and other styles of music pre-metal, it is not really a place but is doing quite well, especially thanks to the neck pickup.
I would summarize ... crystal clear sound for the bridge pickup and neck pickup for fat: laugh:
I play a Marshall MG100DFX, which is quite satisfactory.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it now for over two years, quite often.

Before that, I had a guitar sold in packs as I rush to sell, given its poor quality and unnecessary.
Kelly on this, I really love her slender form, space ..
I've never seen this sister kelly, reversed its handle, its microphones Jackson ... strange!
Having buy opportunity, I do not but be satisfied with the quality / price ratio given that it was in remarkable condition.
From my years of practice, I would like to ask on a Fender Stratocaster model, 70's or 60's.
But this guitar is a very good company!
Enzomadcap06/27/2007

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

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
- Model Made in Japan
- 24 cases
- 2 humbuckers "Duncan Designed" original
- Bridge Floyd Rose type with power cords
- A 3-position selector, one volume knob.
- Channel fine and fast.

UTILIZATION

I bought this guitar there are about 7 or 8 years, and I do not regret.

The handle is a delight, access to acute is impeccable, extremely enjoyable to play. Only weakness, the tendency to lean slightly forward to cause an imbalance ... the point of attachment of the strap has changed perhaps? I think I saw a topic on it ... a dig, but I got used to it and, personally, it's not really a problem.

The body is thick enough to give a guitar a little heavier than my Ibanez AX, and since I'm not I can be a huge need for something a little lighter and less bulky to jump around, but good, a little practice and you're done ... and this guitar really has a killer look!

The sound is fantastic regardless of the amp, pedals, or other computer in which the branch, and the system of block chords / Vibrato, even if a little galley when changing strings, is really more reliable than j ' I had until now ... no way to Disagree, even after setting the strings drop or IF ...

SOUNDS

My style ranges from Hendrix Slipknot ... I have long been tuning in "classic", then buy another guitar allowed me to give it to "Drop B" (tuning in SI Slipknot kind) on the Marshall all-tube with effects on GT5, and Mesa Dual occasionlemment ... now at home on Boss GT8, and I must say that as in crunch, clean, or saturated fat, playing old favorites, the Heavy, the Hardcore, Fusion, Metal or "modern" all sorts of rhythmic phrasing and solos, I always went to my sound impeccable taste and tailored to my needs with my faithful KE3 in ... Again, a home, or in concert ...

The clean sound is sumptuous of all the microphones, and with some EQ or amp settings I get a range from slamming his funky-a round, warm arpeggios, when the saturation has nothing to say, the bluesy crunch has the big guns, the sharp rhythmic palm muting in a fluid solos well thanks to the handle ...

I changed the pickups of my 3 guitars for "real" Seymour Duncan SH6, just to have a more consistent regardless of the one I use ... even if it gives her an even better, the difference is much less obvious than the pickups on my Ibanez basic example ... so I can say that "Duncan Designed" by Kelly are based on the already very good compared to "real"

OVERALL OPINION

Since all the time, this guitar never let me down. I had the opportunity to try many other models I owned a guitar "low end" before this, and I had a standard V King, I have always, and I must say my 2 Jackson guitars are very good without a price premium, and without making "cheap" either.

The sound on KE3 is beyond my expectations in all kinds of styles, the look is terrible quality electronic / mechanical is the appointment, and the handle is super nice in my case.

Only minor complaints, the imbalance that tends to "plunge" a little guitar forward, and can be the weight of the body has a rather thick ... but I'm quick and I would do this purchase eyes closed!
trinida06/10/2007

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

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
Hello,

I'm using my Kelly for 9 years and I 'm always a fan!
For specifications see below!

UTILIZATION

As for the handle: it is thin (compared to a Start or SG) and large, very fast also, with access to acute well designed. After 9 years of use, the varnish is always impeccable. On my guitar the strings are set as low as possible relative to the frets and 2 or 3 notes curl but nothing compares with a guitar input range
In short an excellent race!

Two words on the floyd: very annoying to change the strings and retune but once done it is a very long time: playing alone, no tuning for 6 months! As a group, small adjustments in 1 min and this is gone! And can be abused without fear of vibrato!

SOUNDS

I play with a Marshall Valvestate 100R, Hard Rock and pop

The bridge pickup: in full, it gives a very sharp well defined. The palm muting is a regal with! Clearly, it is too slammed to play chords and arpeggios, but can go to play a ska rhythm condition to lower the volume (which removes a lot of treble)

The neck pickup: in full, it gives a big sound with good bass, less sharp. The notes from the top of the handle goes better that in the bridge position because they are less metallic and aggressive. Clearly, big surprise, that is not bad at all! We obtain a round and clean, not slammed or with "twang"

Intermediate position: The sound is very similar to saturated in the neck position. Clearly, that is the sound of the neck pickup but with less low roundness but then I 'would go not up to say that the sound is fine!

OVERALL OPINION

Finally a good range of sound and an excellent handle.
The look is overwhelming! On the negative side: already mentioned, the guitar pitches down if it is loose. The volume knob acts (too) much of the tone.

Ultimately I do it again the same choice of guitar
Léo von Anarcho02/01/2007

Léo von Anarcho's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
I bought this scratch there is more than a year, I am satisfied glogalement ... FYI, I have the red model, it changes c cool

UTILIZATION

In terms of race I think it is for against a little too thick for my taste. I also have an Epiphone Explorer, the handle is very thin and very fast.
The guitar is still fairly heavy, but the shape is really nice ... Slight imbalance of the guitar in position early, it tends to pitch down ... Nivrau sound is really correct, simple control, no volume knob, which is also a disadvantage!

SOUNDS

Is perfect for my style of music! Metal, Metal, Metal! There's no denying it, the sound is heavy! only problem, the sound is bad enough ... Given the lack of volume knob HIGH / LOW.

OVERALL OPINION

A little can be expensive ... I would do this choice may be, in May with a volume knob! Level tuning, the floyd is not moving, good point!
Psyclik03/10/2006

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

Jackson KE3 Kelly (Before 2006)
Manufacturing: Japan.
24 frets, 2 Duncan Design humberckers Detonators (Seymour Duncan Invader copy, thank you Lonewolf: p).
Chvalet licensed Floyd Rose.
A single volume knob selector 3 positions + 1.

UTILIZATION

The handle is trs enjoyable, a real DLIC, apart from the style (we like it or not) is the highlight of the guitar I think.
Access in acute is quite possible, even if the horn can interfere a bit.
The rgonomie is surprisingly, it is expected a guitar heavy and uncomfortable, it's the opposite.
In terms of sound, is the Duncan Design, no original Seymour, it feels right but it's still trs. It's not upscale, it's not the low end.

SOUNDS

I play a lot of metal but not only, and the guitar is perfect, it sends saturated in violence, in his clear surprise, she dfend trs well. It will not play jazz with either eh, but it's not as typical as some cry, far l.
I personally branch directly into the PC sound card with VST derrire in an x-Vamp, a Peavy Bandit 112 (and a head Line 6 Spider Boss GT6 + with a friend). In all these settings, it works wonders, I'd really see what happens in real lamps.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it daily for a month, and I am satisfied with TRS. In dpart I flash it looks (well, the equivalent MODEL There's 10 years there, I think a PS6). Then I tried it and I had the opportunity to play on rgulirement before having the opportunity to have mine.
I test a lot of other guitars in the same price range before finally buying it, and it is in the "head of the pack" with Yamaha and Esp / LTD I think . APRS is matter of taste.

In short personnemenet this choice I would do every morning if needed for:
- The handle
- Sound, EMDU not at all in this range
- The look (I in "Crimson Swirl": MA-GNI-cific)

Since only less good points:
- The balance, not without good standing gnial strap (no sitting bp).
- Difficulty finding a good bag in which it comes;) .