“Skully,” my new Jackson

I promised that my next guitar would have a fixed bridge. With that said, it’s interesting that the guitar I recently purchased has a genuine Floyd Rose floating bridge instead. “Skully” happens to be my second American-made Jackson guitar with a genuine Floyd Rose bridge. Features include two Seymour-Duncan humbucking pickups, neck-through-body design, airbrushed custom graphic (skulls), mother-of-pearl shark tooth and name inlays, ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, and wood binding around the fretboard. But the difference is the body. Unlike the traditional Strat-style bodies I usually end up with, this radical departure is a “Kelly” body.

I purchased this guitar because there is some superficial damage to it on a couple of the corners and sides, which brought the price considerably down (especially for an American-made guitar of this caliber). Structurally, though, it’s in great shape. When I purchased it, it had heavier-gauge strings that were tuned pretty low. This required a full night of performing a full set-up and restringing the guitar with lighter-gauge strings. Thanks to Dan Erlewine’s book, “How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!” I was able to successfully set up this great axe.

I also managed to set up my Vester with heavier-gauge strings so I could drop the tuning to a drop-D down a whole step (to play those great Metallica “St. Anger” tunes). I just wish I would’ve known that I was going to buy the new Jackson when I restrung the Vester a couple of weeks before.

The following links open the pictures I’ve posted under My Hobbies, Guitar.

Jackson KE2 Pile O' Skulls guitar Jackson KE2 Pile O' Skulls guitar

Barnes and Noble: “How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!” by Dan Erlewine

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