Jet Guitars JS-800 review

There’s no let-up to the tsunami of Fender-inspired clones out there. Here’s another from Jet Guitars – but this one has an unusual hot-rod and relic'd style

Jet Guitars JS800
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A rusty, beat-up and far-from-authentic-looking relic won’t be for everyone. Yes, a little more fret fettling wouldn’t go amiss, but the overall light weight, good playability and generous dollop of overwound filth from the bridge pickup is pretty entertaining. You want a workhorse? Well, here you go.


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    Competent build.

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    Good neck shape.

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    Refretted hot-rod feel.

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    Contrasting pickup voices.

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    Rock‑solid tuning stability.


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    Needs a little more TLC on the frets.

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    Hardware ageing is a bit overdone.

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    Relicing is far from authentic.

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How low can you go to find a fit-for-purpose guitar? The answer is pretty low indeed if the popularity of Jet Guitars is anything to go by. Who, you ask? 

“Jet Guitars launched in 2020,” explains Peter Shepperson from its distributor, Hal Leonard Europe. “The guitars are made in China, under Jet team supervision. QC is also performed by the Jet team. The brand was founded by Primoz Virant – all the design and specs are made by him. He has had a deep interest in electric guitars for 25 years.”

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.