Jackson USA WR1 Warrior
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USA WR1 Warrior, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the USA Select series.


3 user reviews

Jackson USA WR1 Warrior tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Jackson
  • Model: USA WR1 Warrior
  • Series: USA Select
  • Category: V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 05/01/2008

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Jackson USA WR1 Warrior user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 3 reviews )
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tjon90109/02/2011

tjon901's review"Jet Warrior"

Jackson USA WR1 Warrior
The Warrior is one of the most unique guitars Jackson has put out recently and still sells. This one is the special edition that comes in the bolted steel finish. I think it looks like a Jet Airplane or something. These guitars play and feel great partly due to the crazy design. This shape is a lot more comfortable than it looks because it provides perfect balance. The WR1 under its shape is just a basic Jackson like an SL2 or something. It has many of the same features that all the other USA Jacksons have. It has an alder body with a maple neck through design. It has a 24 fret ebony fretboard with Jacksons Compound radius. It has an Original Floyd Rose locking tremolo system so it will stay in tune no matter what. It comes with EMG pickups from the factory which are great for metal. Just from the names you can tell that these are heavy metal pickups. It has the classic Zakk Wylde set with the 81 in the bridge and the 85 in the neck. It has a master volume and master tone knob and a 3 way pickup selector.

UTILIZATION

Even with this guitars crazy looking design everything is there for a reason. The design gives the guitar perfect balance. The neck-through design is a feature I love and wish more guitar makers would use. The wood for the neck goes all the way through the body and the top and bottom of the body are glued to the side of the neck piece. With this construction there is virtually no neck joint which makes playing up at even the highest frets as easy as playing at the middle of the neck. Not only does this construction let you not have a bulky neck joint it also increases sustain as the pickups are mounted directly to the same piece of wood as the neck. The compound radius makes playing all over the neck comfortable and the ebony fretboard feels good under your fingers. With a compound radius fretboard the fretboard up by the headstock has a rounder radius than the fretboard down by the pickups which is really flat. This makes the neck very comfortable for chords up in the low and and lets you get a super low action up on the high notes for shredding. The original Floyd Rose is the original double locking tremolo system and its still the best. When properly setup this system will never go out of tune.

SOUNDS

The Zakk Wylde set is a classic setup for metal. It has been used for many years by a ton of players not just Zakk Wylde. A ton of companies use this setup when they are using EMG's because it provides a great metal tone and a decent amount of versatility for active pickups. THe 81 in the bridge is a great pickup. It is a real metal machine. It has a high end grind to it that keeps your playing from getting muddy. When you play with EMG's everything you play comes out they dont cover up bad playing. The 81 in the bridge is super sharp so if you are playing ninja style riffs at low tunings it is a great pickup. The 85 is also a great pickup and in my opinion it is more versatile. The 81 sounds bad in the neck but the 85 sounds great in the neck and the bridge. In this guitar it is in the neck. It is similar to the 81 but has more low end to its sound and has an over all smoother tone. This is great for high gain leads in the neck position. This is also decent for cleans although active clean sounds are rarely very good. If you want an even better clean sound and more headroom overall you can do the 18v mod where you run the pickups on two 9v batteries instead of one. This gives you a more organic tone and more headroom overall.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a great metal guitar. It has the looks and the tone but does not sacrifice playability and comfort. The radical design helps playability and comfort by giving you ultimate balance. The EMG's are the ultimate setup for metal. They are not that great for anything else but if you are buying a Warrior you arent likely to be buying it for blues or Jazz. There are versions that come with Seymour Duncans and they will provide you more versatility in the tone but with the EMG's you get the best tone possible for metal. If you are looking for a metal Jackson with metal looks you cant get much more metal than this, it even has rust!
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tjon90106/15/2011

tjon901's review"Radical Jackson"

Jackson USA WR1 Warrior
The Warrior is one of the most radical production guitars Jackson has made. It shape kind of reminds me of a B.C. Rich Stealth but more metal. This shape is a lot more comfortable than it looks because it provides perfect balance. The WR1 under its shape is just a basic Jackson like an SL2 or something. It has many of the same features that all the other USA Jacksons have. It has an alder body with a maple neck through design. It has a 24 fret ebony fretboard with Jacksons Compound radius. It has an Original Floyd Rose locking tremolo system so it will stay in tune no matter what. It comes with Seymour Duncan pickups from the factory. It comes with a Duncan Invader in the bridge and a Full Shred in the neck. Just from the names you can tell that these are heavy metal pickups. It has a master volume and master tone knob and a 3 way pickup selector.

UTILIZATION

When you play this guitar you forget how crazy it looks. The guitar is really comfortable. The crazy shape gives the guitar perfect balance. The neck-through design is a feature I love and wish more guitar makers would use. The wood for the neck goes all the way through the body and the top and bottom of the body are glued to the side of the neck piece. With this construction there is virtually no neck joint which makes playing up at even the highest frets as easy as playing at the middle of the neck. Not only does this construction let you not have a bulky neck joint it also increases sustain as the pickups are mounted directly to the same piece of wood as the neck. The compound radius makes playing all over the neck comfortable and the ebony fretboard feels good under your fingers. The original Floyd Rose is the original double locking tremolo system and its still the best. When properly setup this system will never go out of tune.

SOUNDS

The Invader is a beast in the bridge position. It has huge magnets and offers up tons of output. On its own the Invader can sound kind of muddy but with the alder body and neck through construction on the WR1 it balances out the tone nicely. The Full Shred is a nice neck pickup. It is designed for lead playing in the neck position. It cuts enough for your shred solos but it still fat enough to not sound to weak and thin.

OVERALL OPINION

If normal Jacksons are too boring for you maybe you should check out this guitar. Even with the crazy shape the guitar is still very comfortable. It has all the Jackson playability you expect from a USA made Jackson guitar. If you want a great guitar that is made in America with the highest quality parts this guitar is a good choice. The playability and sound is excellent and they will hold their value well. Now many extreme guitars are still made in America
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Hatsubai04/27/2011

Hatsubai's review"Very unique body shape"

Jackson USA WR1 Warrior
The Jackson WR1 is a more extreme guitar that Jackson came up with for the metal market. It's a very "sharp" looking guitar that definitely stands out from the crowd, and it has been copied by other brands such as Ibanez. The WR1 features an alder body, maple neck with ebony fretboard and shark fin inlays, 24 jumbo frets, an original Floyd Rose, HH configuration, volume knob, tone knob and 3 way switch.

UTILIZATION

This is a really comfortable guitar to play, despite its looks. The neck-thru design and extended lower horn cutaway allow you to really get up to the higher frets without much of an issue at all. It reminds me a lot of the Kelly, actually. The compound radius on this guitar is really cool. This allows you to chord easier at the lower frets, but at the higher frets, you can bend to the moon without an issue thanks to its flatter radius. I'm a huge fan of compound radii, and I wish more guitar builders would utilize them.

SOUNDS

The Warrior is a beast in terms of tone. It has an Invader in the bridge and a Full Shred in the neck. The Invader is an extremely bass heavy pickup with tons of output. Thanks to the neck-thru design and alder body, it seems to really work out nicely in this guitar. It's somewhat pidgeon-holed into doing only metal, but that's kinda what this guitar's entire vibe is. The Full Shred is a very awesome neck pickup that's kinda like a mix between a '59 and a JB. It's searing enough to have the fast shred lines stand out, but it's also fat enough to not sound overly thin.

OVERALL OPINION

Those looking for more extreme guitars should definitely look into this guitar. I'm not sure why more metal guitarists don't use this. I guess they're more used to seeing either the Vigier or the Ibanez for whatever reasons. The fretwork on this is great, the guitar sounds good, and while it lacks versatility compared to other models, it does that metal tone in spades.
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