Betty Jackson Jackson 2910020303 JS22R Dinky Electric Guitar - Black

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Beginner Jackson superstrat

Jul 28, 2010
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Pros:For $200 dollars, everything about this guitar is excellent and should cost more.

Cons:Absolutely none.

The Bottom Line: There are very few guitars in this price range that offer such a nice neck, and with a graduating, compound 12"-16" inch radius curve over 24 frets.


The Jackson JS22 Dinky is a modern budget guitar taking cues from the wildly popular 1980s custom made Jackson Dinkys which were all too hard to find and too expensive for most.

At some point Jackson realized that making a popular guitar could not be sustained on the handmade and expensive level, so they decided to mass produce their Dinky, Vs, and Kellys starting with the Charvel line in the moderate price range and the Charvette line in the budget price range.

Some many years later, Jackson decided to enter the moderate price range market with their own moniker and a few years ago, they entered the budget price range while still retaining the Jackson name.

ESP uses the LTD brand for their less expensive instruments and Gibson uses the Epiphone brand for their less expensive instruments, but Jackson wants to let everybody know that whatever price you pay, it's a Jackson.

Their large, visible logo does not let anybody forget what kind of guitar you are playing and it's iconic cursive logo is what could be the most recognizable part of the brand.

Enter a mass produced Jackson Dinky

Jackson Dinky body with deep cutaway allowing for easy access to higher frets
24 fret compound radius maple neck with rosewood fretboard with shark tooth inlays
Fender Style fulcrum tremolo
Two high output humbuckers
One volume, one tone, three way switch
Chrome parts
$200-$220 street price

A nice second guitar or beginners guitar

I have a friend who is an avid guitar collector and some of his guitars are collector's items which he doesn't like to bring out into public. But when he carries one around in his car, it's the JS22 Dinky from Jackson.

Being in the neighborhood two hundred dollars online, it's not one that a person has to worry too much about. What is surprising for this price is the quality Jackson puts into such a budget instrument. There are a few things that really stand out on this instrument.

24 fret compound radius neck

With the first fret starting at an already flat 12" inch radius, this guitar gradually works its way to a very flat 16" inch radius by the time it reaches the 24th fret.

This concept, made popular with "superstrats" from the 1980s, was to make a guitar that can excel at both playing simple, open chords on the first several frets yet be a fast lead guitar instrument on the higher frets.

With the large frets and a thin, fast neck, the action could be set very low if desired on the Dinky. Usually setting the action too low may make the guitar sound compressed while being played in a clean setting. I wouldn't worry too much since this is the type of guitar that likes distortion and likes it loud.

Two screw fulcrum tremolo

Starting with the Fender Stratocaster in 1985, the standard non-locking trem of choice for strat type guitars used just two screws to balance a bridge that had the tension of strings on one side pitted against the tension of springs (in the back of the guitar) on the other side.

Not only does using a two screw setup make using a tremolo more smooth, it allows for less friction between the the screws and bridge (being fewer of them than the typical six) that the guitar holds tune much better.

One complaint about a two screw fulcrum tremolo is that it can come at the cost of sustain. Again Jackson has its bases covered by offering two pretty powerful pickups in a decent price range instrument.


Recommend this product? Yes


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