Review: Jackson Kelly JS32T Electric Guitar

Jackson Guitars was created by Grover Jackson, who was a business partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. Wayne Charvel sold the Charvel name to Jackson in 1978. Fender Musical Instrument Corporation purchased Jackson/Charvel in 2002 and currently produces Jackson Guitars in their Corona factory.

Off The Rack

Off the rack this guitar looks like a metal guitarists instrument of doom. The Jackson Kelly has sharp edges and a very heavy body structure. The Jackson Kelly was made famous by ex-Megadeth guitarist and virtuoso Marty Friedman. The Jackson Kelly feels every bit as aggressive as it looks. Two main points I noticed right off the bat about the JS32T guitar was that it has fairly low action and a very bright tone. Being a metal head myself I thought why not give it a run!


The Jackson JS32T has a solid alder body with a bolt on 25-1/2” scale maple neck. The Jackson neck comes with a graphite nut which lends smooth string sway keeping it in tune much better. The JS32T comes standard with 24 jumbo frets and an adjustable LT390 bridge. The Jackson Kelly comes with 2 Jackson CVR2 humbucking pickups and chrome hardware. The JS32T utilizes a master/tone knob and a 3-way selector switch which gives you the ability to reach crunching sound possibilities.

The Low Down

The Jackson Kelly JS32T is a nice metal/rock guitar for those looking for an aggressive look and aggressive sound. The Jackson Kelly comes in a variety of models for you to choose from. Whether you want upgraded pickups or a floating bridge, the Jackson Kelly can cover all of your needs. The JS32T model is the Jackson Kelly beginner model only having the basics as far as features go. This is a good thing in as far as those new to guitar don’t need to be messing with locking tremolos and all the responsibility that comes with upgraded models. All in all, the tone of the JS32T is what you would expect. It gives a loud, bright tone that is perfect for rock, metal and punk styles of music. The string action is well set up and the neck is very comfortable. Newer to intermediate players will have an easy time learning on this guitar.

Pros: Bright loud tone, low price tag, multiple colors, stays in tune very well, easy string changing, multiple models, aggressive look. MSRP-$299.00

Cons: Volume pot doesn’t have a smooth scale range.

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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