Jackson Dinky JS24 DKAM DX review

A budget speed machine for tomorrow’s shredder

Jackson Dinky JS24 DKAM DX
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Shredders-in-training will find few better alternatives for getting their stripes than this tastefully appointed Dinky – it's well put together, super-slinky, and presents a more than respectful platform for tearing it up in hard rock, metal, prog, fusion and all other high-performance styles.


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    Whip-quick neck makes for a lot of fun to play.

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    Can't argue with the price.

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    It looks the part.

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    Great candidate for modding.


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    Heel is a little clunkier than some, but no big deal.

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Speed is a quality often sneered at as though public displays of Roman candle lead guitar were somehow immoral or lacking emotional complexity. But speed can be essential. Where would heavy metal be without an uptempo rhythm figure, or a helter-skelter solo?

The Jackson brand was built for speed, and its high-performance ideals have matured to the point that its entry-level JS series includes guitars such as this. This is classic Jackson. The Dinky body is a familiar arch-topped take on the S-style, sporting more aggressive cutaways with chamfered edges, opening up the full fingerboard.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.