Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Review & Prices

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  • From Jackson's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 7 strings
  • 26.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • 3-Piece Maple/Wenge/Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series 7-String Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Weight between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 9.2lbs (4.2kgs)
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  • From Jackson's 2020 Pro series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 7 strings
  • 26.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Ash body
  • 3-Piece Maple/Wenge/Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series 7-String Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed) bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Weight between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 9.2lbs (4.2kgs)
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Verdict: is The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 a Good Guitar?

Made in Indonesia with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It comes with excellent pickups with good sound and provides tons of sustain. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. Overall, a good guitar for the price.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 72
Value for money 72
Overall Score 77
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar

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Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Prices

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Is the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1330, which means that the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 costs around 17% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 7 strings and Double Locking bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Easy to Play?

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Balance
Small hands

How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 weighs between 7.4lbs (3.4kgs) and 9.2lbs (4.2kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's 26.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Scale Length Comparison
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This scale is close to the popular 25.50" length, but adding an additional inch allows you to tune your strings lower while keeping the action low without causing fret buzz. This is useful for lower tunings, 7-string, or even classical guitars.

You want to avoid such a long scale if you don't plan to play in low tunings since the longer scale also means the frets are more separated, making it harder to play fast, especially for small hands.

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Neck Profile

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Neck Profile
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's neck thickness is approximately 0.775'' (19.7mm) at the first fret, and 0.835'' (21.2mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Jackson website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a D type neck. It's similar to a C shape, and it's one of the most common shapes right now. It's a bit flatter and thinner, even though sometimes it has a bit more shoulders. It's a fast type of neck that is comfortable, and shredders love it.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Fretboard Compound Radius
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's Compound Fretboard Radius

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 has a compound fingerboard radius of 12" to 16".

A compound radius is the best you can get because you'll get the best of both worlds. It starts curved at the nut, but it flattens as you get closer to the guitar body. This means that you'll get great comfortability for chords on the first few frets, but also a flatter fretboard for playing solos without problems on the higher frets.

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Playability compared to main competitors

26.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
Multiscale Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.89'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
26.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
27'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.89'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.85'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Nut Width
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Nut Width

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 has a nut width of 44.5mm (1.75''). This size is found mostly on Baritone or 7+ strings guitars since they need the extra space on the fretboard. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, so bear in mind that Baritone guitars aren't for every playing style.

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Frets

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 has 24 frets. A lot of people mistakenly believe that having more frets will always be better because it gives you a higher octave. This is certainly an advantage, but there's also a disadvantage to this.

Since the fretboard will be longer, the neck pickup will need to be placed closer to the bridge. And as you may know, the further away the neck pickup is from the bridge, the warmer it sounds. This means you'll have a brighter-sounding neck pickup when using a 24-fret guitar, even if you use the same pickup on a 22-fret guitar.

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Fret Size Comparison
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 70
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 90
Playability 77

Does the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, the hardware, especially the pickups, will be the most important thing to look at. Bur first, let's see the quality of the wood.

Wood Used in the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7

Ash wood pattern used for guitar building
Ash Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Ash Body: The most popular Ash wood for guitars is swamp Ash. It has a really light color with beautiful patterns, which makes it perfect for a natural-looking finish. It's not as lightweight as Alder, but also not as heavy as Mahogany. It's known for producing a bright tone with solid mids and lows.

Maple Neck: This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

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Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Fishman. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are active pickups, so you can expect a lot of output with a highly compressed signal that will give your tones more distortion while retaining a clear, defined sound, which is what many Heavy Metal guitarists need. However, they have the disadvantage of lacking a fully clean sound when playing without distortion.

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Evertune Bridge
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Bridge Pickup
Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 Neck Pickup
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Versatility

It gives you a good amount of tone options with its 5-way switch. You can use it to choose at least 5 different pickup combinations.

It has a Multi-Voicing option. This means the pickups can change their output, tone, or sound.

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Diagram

Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7's switch options

What music genre is the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 good for?

As a 7 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Active pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Heavy Metal or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 85
Sustain 85
Versatility 78
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 83

How well is the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Built?

Where is the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

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Bridge

Floyd Rose 1000 Series 7-String Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed): With this type of tremolo bridge, you'll be able to perform dive bombs and pinch harmonics without getting out of tune. This type of bridge gives you the best versatility, but it also makes it harder to set up your guitar correctly, especially when changing your strings.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 has a Locking nut. Instead of the typical nut, this nut locks the strings in place and will make them stay in tune even after heavy tremolo use. This type of nut provides the best tune stability, but they also make the guitar more expensive.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a retainer bar for the nut, which would be a helpful addition. Without it, the strings will change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'll have to make more micro-adjustments at the bridge to tune it correctly.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 51
Features 85
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 72

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Jackson Pro Series Dinky DK Modern Ash FR7 Specs

General
Brand: Jackson
Year: 2020
Configuration: HH
Strings: 7
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Pro
Colors: Green
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Ash
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series 7-String Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed)
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Gotoh
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: 3-Piece Maple/Wenge/Maple
Decoration: Offset Pearloid Dot
Scale Size: 26.5"
Shape: Speed
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.775'' (19.7mm) - 12th Fret: 0.835'' (21.2mm)
Frets: 24 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 44.5mm (1.75'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker / Active)
Neck Pickup: Fishman Fluence Open Core PRF-CO7 (Humbucker / Active)