Watch: Jackson’s new Pro Series Dinky DK guitars, plus full NAMM 2020 lineup

New Pro Series models, finishes and more.

NAMM 2020: Jackson Guitars has unveiled its sprawling line-up for NAMM 2020, including several new Pro Series models, two new finishes and a few affordable updates.

New Pro Series models

Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash

The star of Jackson’s show this year is the all-new Dinky DK Modern Ash. Available in four variants – Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR6 in Baked White, FR7 in Baked Green, HT6 in Baked Red and HT7 in Baked Blue – this combines premium features with ergonomic design, targeted at modern players.

In terms of tonewoods, the guitar features a sandblasted ash body, reverse AT-1 matching headstock, a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fretboard and a graphite-reinforced bolt-on three-piece maple/wenge/maple neck. The latter has a satin finish on the back for increased comfort.

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Tone is provided by active, multi-voiced Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-COC humbuckers. These are tuned for a wide tonal palette, from “over-wound hot-rodded crunch” to “vintage snap”, according to Jackson. Controls include single volume and tone knobs – with push/pull for voicing change – and a five-way pickup selector. Rounding things up are a Hipshot fixed bridge for the HT6 and HT7 and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking bridge system for the FR6 and FR7.

List Price: HT6 $1,199.99, HT7 $1,299.99, FR6 $1,299.99 and FR7 $1,399.99

Pro DK2 Ash

Pro Series Dinky DK2 Ash Glow Green

The DK2 Ash features an ash body with a stunning new Glow Green finish. It has a graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck, and a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fretboard. In terms of pickups it features a classic Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and ’59 (neck) combo, perfect for modern metal. Controls include single volume and tone knobs and a five-way pickup selector. A recessed Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system caters for tuning stability.

Lists for $999.99

Pro Series Soloist SL2M MAH

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Pro Series Soloist SL2m Magenta

The Pro Series Soloist SL2M MAH’s mahogany body is wrapped in a gorgeous new Magenta finish. It features a through-body maple neck with hand-rubbed oil finish for a smoother feel. Other tonewood features include 12”-16” compound radius maple fretboard and pearloid piranha tooth inlays. On the pickup front it has Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 and SH-6N humbuckers for pristine cleans as well as snarling dirt. Rounding out its features are single volume and tone controls, three-way selector and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system.

Lists for $899.99

Pro SL2

Pro Series Soloist SL2 Red Mercury

This beauty features a basswood body finished in Red Mercury with silver crackles that also appear on the guitar’s matching headstock. Like the Soloist above, it also opts for a through-body maple neck, but has a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fretboard instead. Otherwise, its pickup configuration, control and bridge system are identical to the Soloist.

Lists for $999.99

Pro Soloist SL3M

Pro Series Soloist SL3M Rainbow Crackle

The all-new Pro SL3M – finished in a throwback Rainbow Crackle – opts for a basswood body with a through-body maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius maple fretboard. The Rhoads RR24Q features a three-pickup configuration: Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 in the neck, Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 RWRP Single-Coil in the middle and Seymour Duncan Custom Flat Strat SSL-6 Single-Coil in the neck position. Wrapping things up for this guitar are a five-way selector blade, single volume and tone controls and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system.

Lists for $1,099.99

Pro Series Rhoads RR24Q

Pro Series Dinky Rhoads RR24Q Winterstorm
Pro Series Rhoads RR24Q in Winterstorm finish

 

This guitar is built for technical players looking for an extravagant axe. It features a mahogany body with a quilt maple top and is available in either Transparent Purple with white binding and gold hardware or Winterstorm with black body binding and black hardware. It also has a through-body maple neck and a 12”-16” compound radius ebony fretboard. The guitar is driven by Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers and is managed by single volume and tone controls, a three-way toggle and a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system.

Lists for $999.99

Pro Series King V KV Two-Face

Pro Series Dinky King V KV Two Face B&W

Jackson exalts its King V further in this iteration with a half Black and half White finish, matching headstock and black hardware. It’s all about premium features for this axe: mahogany body, maple neck, 12”-16” compound radius bound ebony fingerboard and pearloid sharkfin inlays. Seymour Duncan Distortion humbuckers provide it with maximum punch while a Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo bridge system keeps it in tune.

Lists for $999.99

New Crackle and Swirl finishes

The guitars in this category all feature Jackson’s brand-new Crackle and Swirl finishes.

X Series Soloist SLX DX Crackle

X Series Soloist SL3X DX Crackle Gold
X Series Soloist SLX DX Crackle in Gold Crackle finish

Built for the modern metal style, this axe features the brand’s new Gold Crackle and Silver Crackle finishes. On the tonewoods front, it has a contoured basswood body paired with a through-body maple neck and 12”-16” compound radius bound laurel fingerboard. It’s loaded with a trio of Duncan Designed pups: high-output HR-101 Hot Rails single-coil sized humbuckers in the neck and middle positions and a HB-103B humbucker in the bridge position. These are managed by single volume and tone controls and a five-way selector blade. A recessed Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge system is also on hand for those deep dives.

Lists for $699.99

X Series Soloist SLX DX Swirl

X Series Soloist SLX DX Swirl Satin Red
X Series Soloist SLX DX Swirl in Satin Red Swirl finish

Playability meets affordability in the SLX DX Swirl. Its basswood body is finished in either Satin Red Swirl or Satin White Swirl, which feature ink-like swirls on the red or white finishes. It also has a through-body maple neck and 12”-16” compound radius bound laurel fingerboard. In terms of tone, this guitar features Jackson’s own high-output humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. Other features include a three-way pup selector, single volume and tone controls and a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge system.

Lists for $749.99

Affordable updates

X Series Kelly KEXQ

X Series Kelly KEXQ Transparent Green

The X Series Kelly KEXQ aims to provide metal players with a sophisticated instrument with an affordable price tag. Its lightweight body consists of poplar body-wings and a quilt maple top finished in Transparent Green. Its through-body maple neck has a scarf joint for improved performance, and a 12”-16” compound radius laurel fingerboard for fast technical playing. Otherwise, the Kelly KEXQ is similar to the SLX DX Swirl: a pair of high-output Jackson humbuckers, a three-way toggle switch, single volume and tone controls and a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge system.

Lists for $649.99

X Series Warrior WRX24M

X Series Warrior WRX24M Snow White

This fearsome guitar is a more accessible reimagination of the brand’s popular X-shaped shredder. A poplar body paired with a through-body maple neck makes for excellent resonance and playability while its 12”-16” compound radius bound maple fingerboard caters for speed. Its pickup, control and bridge systems are identical to the Kelly KEXQ and SLX DX Swirl.

Lists for $599.99

More information at jacksonguitars.com.

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