Jackson JS22-7 DKA HT Archtop 7 String Electric Guitar (Discontinued)

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$200
Jackson JS22-7 DKA HT Archtop 7 String Electric Guitar

The Jackson JS22-7 DKA HT Archtop 7 is an affordable 7 string guitar with a slightly longer 26.5" Scale length for better tension and stability for lower tunings.

It features a bolt on maple neck with graphite reinforcement rods as well as a compound radius rosewood fretboard for better playability down low and no risk of fretting out big bends up top.

Pickups are Jackson high output humbucking pickups with a 3-way selector switch, 1 volume and 1 tone knob.

Specifications

  • Body: Poplar
  • Finish: Satin Black
  • Bridge: Jackson HT7 Fixed Bridge
  • Pickups: Jackson High Output Humbuckers
  • Neck: Maple (Bolt-on "C" shape)
  • Scale Length: 26.5”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: Compound 12–16"
  • Frets: 24 Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.875"
  • Controls: 1-volume, 1-tone
  • Pickup Selector: 3-way pickup switch

Pros

Users note the slightly narrower width at the nut aided in adapting their playing style from 6 string to 7 string. For the price, there was not much to complain about. The neck was said to have a nice feeling profile that's not too flat at the back unlike Ibanez necks. The pickups were said to be adequately good and given the price and build, it's feasible to use the guitar as a modding platform.

Cons

Setup out of the box was noted to be bad. For this, it's recommended you get your new guitar professionally set up. Although some retailers offer good setup and checking, a professional luthier can help set up your instrument to your preferences. The square neck heel turned some off.

Overall

Looking for an affordable 7 string with a stable neck and solid feel (with the right setup)? The JS22-7 DKA HT Archtop 7 is a great gateway to extended range instruments.