The Jackson Pro Series King V KV Electric Guitar is an unapologetic metal machine, producing crushing tones and commanding attention with its striking razor-sharp design. Whether you're playing a small club or smashing out riffs on the stadium stage, the Pro Series King V KV takes no prisoners.
Sublime V-shape body
The body is a streamlined masterpiece, with sleek lines and clean edges that are the stuff of legend. Built using mahogany, it is a solid workhorse that produces a rapturous energy that is delivered with laser-like precision. The bevelled edges serve to enhance the visual aesthetic, whilst the sloping V-shape removes any obstacles from your path for a freedom to roam unlike any other guitar. If total mastery over the neck is what you're looking for, you've come to the right place. The paintwork is protected by a gloss finish, preventing unwanted blemishes from affecting its intensity.
The neck-through-body construction is designed to optimise the high-speed playability whilst ensuring durability and strength. Further reinforcement is provided by a pair of graphite rods, which prevent twisting or warping from damaging the neck through changes in humidity, temperature or constant battering night after night. The 25.5-inch scale length ensures that string stability and tension remains consistent throughout the most energetic of performances.
Married to the neck is a sumptuous ebony fingerboard, which feels smooth and tactile under the fingers. You'll find 24 jumbo frets that are adorned with alumiloid sharkfin inlays to guide your way to complement the lightning-fast playing feel. The compound radius fingerboard curves more greatly at the nut, flattening out as it reaches the neck joint to make the transition from choppy chord shifts to swept arpeggios as natural and seamless as possible.
Seymour Duncan humbuckers
The Jackson Pro Series King V KV is equipped with a pair of high-output Seymour Duncan humbuckers, which produces an unashamedly overwhelming output. In the neck position you'll find the '59 SH-1N, and a JB TB-4 in the bridge position, a winning combo that deliver searing tones with clarity for tight rhythm riffs and sensational solos. You can rest assured that your fretwork will be translated with the utmost articulation, and most of all, with punishing power.
What could be more satisfying than performing a well-executed divebomb into some harmonic wailing? With that in mind, the Jackson Pro Series King V KVX is equipped with a Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 double-locking tremolo bridge with accompanying locking nut, so that once you're tuned up and locked in, you can dive and wail to your heart's content.
Manufacturer Jackson Model Pro Series King V KV Electric Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material 1-Piece Maple Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint Fingerboard Material Ebony Pickup Configuration HH Bridge Locking Tremolo No. of Frets/Fret Profile 24/Jumbo Position Inlays Alumiloid Sharkfin Nut Floyd Rose Locking Bridge/Tailpiece Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) Active/Passive Passive Tuners Jackson Sealed Die-Cast Pickups Neck: Seymour Duncan JB TB-4 Humbucking
Bridge: Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N Humbucking
Controls Master Volume Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
First, the purchase: I purchased the guitar online, i had to create an account, and the payment was made without hiccups. After payment had gone through, i received an email with confirmation and receipt. Since i made the payment online late at night (after working hours), i thought Id call Dawsons in the morning to confirm everything was ok.. which it was. Big shoutout to David and Carl, they were absolutley fantastic gents who were very nice on the phone and with great customer service. They told me exactly when the guitar will be shipped and what to expect when it does. Im very pleased with the purchasing process and with the customer care provided.
The delivery: The guitar was delivered by DPD. I received a message by DPD telling me the date of delivery (which was next working day) and that i will be sent a timeslot on the day of delivery, which i was. I was sent a 1 hour timeslot and the delivery was made within that timeslot. So all in all, the delivery was as smooth as can be.. not a single hiccup.
Next the Packaging: The guitar came in the standard box packaging that most guitars usually ship with (i only ordered the guitar, i didn't order a case). The box was securely taped. Once i opened the box, the guitar was snugly fit, where additional cardboard packaging was placed between the guitar and the edge of the box, which didn't allow the guitar to move. The guitars accessories (tremolo arm, hex keys etc..) were packed in the box as well, but were placed in a pocket isolated from the guitar, so there was no risk for the guitar to be dinged by the accessories bag coming loose. Finally, the guitar itself was wrapped (i don't know what the material is called, but its the one that feels a bit like cotton.. meant to protect the guitar from any scratches) well, and the pickups were protected with plastic sticker-like pads (when removing these, there was a tiny bit of residue on the pickups, but was easily removed with some tissue).
The guitar itself: What a beauty! Firstly, no cosmetic damage whatsoever. The strings came tuned to a perfect E and the floyd rose was locked and ready to go (although this is a small silly detail, but the fact that the tuning pegs on the floyd rose were all set at the same height was a bonus for the ocd in me). Not much else to say about the look of the guitar other than it looked exactly as it did in the photos!
Playability: Now here is where ill try to write something about the guitar that i couldnt find an answer to when i was doing my research about the king v. Firstly. YES, playing it will need some getting used to if you never played a V shaped guitar before... BUT, thats not necessarily a bad thing.. i found that when sitting the guitar between my legs, (and using a strap in the first day or two to help keep the guitar in place, which i recommend), it allowed me to hold the fretboard and play at an angle i never tried before, it made some songs more interesting to play (not harder, just different) because of the way i had to position my wrist.. in short.. if you are hesitant of buying the guitar because you never played a V before and dont know whether itll be comfortable... dont be, its easy to adjust to it and once you do, you'll ask yourself what the big fuss was about (the way i have after playing the guitar for an hour or two). Also, i must bring up the position of the pickups, i mention this because i played an ibanez once that had similar pickups, but their positioning must have been decided on by the devil himself.. this was mainly because when muting strings while strumming, the pickup would be right under the pick! which meant that you would always hit the pickup when strumming (forcing me to recess the pickup waaayyy down). However, with King v, the position of the pickup is perfect.. when muting the strings with your right wrist, the pick lands between the two pickups (this may be completely negligible to many, but i thought id raise it because of what i experienced before).
The Sound: I was slightly hesitant about the seymour duncan humbuckers.. mainly because most of my guitars are fitted with EMG pickups, and so i was worried that i may have gotten used to them to an extent where i wouldnt like anything else (thats why i was actually looking for the x-series of the guitar rather than the pro series due to the former having EMG pickups). OH WAS I WRONG.. the sound of this guitar is truly amazing.. deep, heavy.. and oh so metal.. its difficult to explain or describe the sound of the guitar through a review; the best i can do is say that if you like metal.. this is the sound that you want. its kind of a weird hybrid between megadeth, metallica and pantera.. (maybe its cause those are the three bands i play the most, so please take that comparison with a shovel of salt)... comparisons aside, the sound is truly metal.. dont think twice. Finally, the strings.. all my guitars are fitted with slinky 11's, and again, i was worried about going down to 9's! (i was considering asking dawsons to refit the guitar with 11's before shipping it), but i thought 'lets try something different'. And again, I am SO glad i did.. the strings are easier to play, especially solos that require alot of bends.. the bends that i found difficult to play with the 11's were a bit easier in the 9's (especially when bending two strings together).
All in all, this is an excellent guitar and well worth the purchase.. yes its more expensive than the x-series.. and i dont have a point of reference to the x-series since i never tried it.. but if you are like me and looking for something different to what you played before.. look no further,,, this is the one for you.
Thanks again Dawsons for the truly amazing purchase! Party on Wayne! (the kids still say that right???)
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