Jackson Guitars for a long time has been closely related with the metal and hard rock genres, thanks to its powerful guitars with sharp and streamlined looks that correspond to the aesthetics of those genres. They have a bunch of different designs, with various qualities and prices, however, for a beginner I would almost always suggest buying a more affordable guitar at the beginning then upgrade it if you want.
The Jackson JS32T King V is an affordable option from the King V series, known for their symmetric V shape with pointy wings. This guitar brings the excellent Jackson build quality, great looks and aggressive sounds to correspond with those looks, a perfect guitar for its price.
When you first look at this guitar it looks fantastic, with its very sharp symmetrical V shape points that come out at the base. I noticed that it is pretty lightweight and I imagine that it would look very cool on stage. The Jackson JS32T King V has a solid body with a basswood tonewood and for better resonation and lightweight. It comes in three beautiful paint jobs, the Black model, Inferno Red, and my personal favorite the Gun Metal Gray which looks sharp and deadly.
To provide excellent sustain and distortion, the Jackson JS32T King V has a maple one-piece neck with a satin finish that is very smooth. It is kind of a speed neck that Jackson does perfectly to allow quick and fast shredding, in addition to that it has a graphite rod that runs down the center to add stability to this thin neck.
This guitar is equipped with a rosewood fretboard with Sharktooth inlays that make it a proper Jackson guitar. It has jumbo frets and they are very well made for the price of this guitar. It is worth mentioning that the neck has a compound radius that ranges from 12-inches to 16-inches, to provide effortless speed shredding, and smooth chord-work, the best of both worlds really.
Speaking about the hardware, this guitar has through-body strings that are adjustable via the compensated Jackson Bridge, a plastic string nut, and Jackson sealed die-cast tuning machines to top of the package, they are all in black to further enhance the hard-core metal look.
Electronics wise, the Jackson JS32T King V has a pair of high output humbucking pickups that are designed and built by the company itself. This guitar doesn’t have a lot of controls, but it has the essentials that will be handy for both the studio and on-stage, they consist of two dome-style knobs for the master volume and master tone and the three-way pickups selector switch.
Because of its high-output pickups the Jackson JS32T King V sounds like a dream. Providing that punchy sound with plenty of sustain and excellent distortion, it doesn’t really get better than this at this price and if you are heavy metal or hard rock fan, don’t miss on the opportunity to buy this great beginner electric guitar.