Jackson X Series Dinky DK3XR HSS review

A high-speed thrill ride for heavy metal neon nights, this Dinky is a statement guitar for the brave and the bold player

Jackson X Series Dinky DK3XR HSS
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

With its super-fast neck and super-loud neon finish, this Dinky is operating right out there on the extremes of the S-style electric design, and at a very competitive price, it’s one of the best shred options on the market.


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    Really top-drawer playability.

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    Versatile sounds.

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    Build and finish.

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    Reverse headstock is cool.


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    You may want to upgrade the pickups down the line.

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    Well, it is neon pink. Is that too much?

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The Jackson brand is not known for its reserve but even for the now-classic hot-rodded S-style Dinky this Neon Pink model is pushing it. Perhaps the hi-viz aesthetic is a note of caution, health and safety gone mad because, golly, that reverse headstock, six-in-line like a dagger, could have your eye out. 

This is one electric guitar you could see from space, as though the Jackson development team consulted with rave culture archivists to find the most lurid Day-Glo colour and apply it to one of the most fast-playing guitars you can find at this money.

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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.