Jackson Spectra Series JS3 bass review

This slinky Jackson bass steps away from the brand’s heavy metal heritage

(Image: © Jackson)

Guitar World Verdict

An excellent, affordable bass that holds its head high.


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    A great range of features for the price.

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    Fast, playable neck.

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    Sturdy build.


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    Tone range can’t compete with high-end basses.

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The past few years have seen Fender making significant strides with their Jackson bass range, and that expansion continues with the addition of three new models to the Spectra series - the JS2, JS3 and the five-string JS3V.

Unveiled in January 2019 at Winter NAMM, these instruments aim to deliver above-average playing comfort and unique appointments at a competitive price point. We put a JS3 through the paces to see how it measures up.

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