Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Review & Prices

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Review
  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Jeff Loomis Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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  • From Jackson's 2019 Artist Signature series
  • Jeff Loomis Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Sandblasted Ash top
  • Ash body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Speed Neck-Through neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Die-Cast tuners
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Verdict: is The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly a Good Guitar?

Made in a country with top quality control, which means you should get a high-quality instrument made with good materials and excellent attention to detail. It's a guitar with good playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. You can find other models with valuable features (locking tuners, stainless steel frets, etc) for a lower price. Overall, an excellent guitar.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 83
Sound 78
Build quality 90
Value for money 69
Overall Score 84
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Retainer Bar
  • No Strap Lock

Videos

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Prices

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Is the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3450, which means that the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly costs around 59% 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 6 strings and Double Locking bridge that are made in United States.

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Is The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Easy to Play?

The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

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

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Scale Length Comparison
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Neck Profile
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly'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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly'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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Fretboard Compound Radius
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly's Compound Fretboard Radius

The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly 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

25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.6'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
Vintage Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Nut Width
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Nut Width

The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly has a nut width of 42.9mm (1.688''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

The Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly 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.

Finally, these are stainless steel frets. They're the best fretwire available. This means you won't need to change your frets since they should last as long as your guitar. Some people also feel easier bendings after swapping to stainless steel.

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Fret Size

Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Fret Size Comparison
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly'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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly'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 80
Solo Playability 100
Playability 83

Does the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly

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: Seymour Duncan. 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly'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
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Floyd Rose Bridge
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts Neck Pickup
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Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly's switch options

What music genre is the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly good for?

As a 6 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 58
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 78

How well is the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Built?

Where is the Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

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Bridge

Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo: 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 USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly 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 Neck-Through neck joint. Many people believe a neck-through build delivers the best sustain because some of the vibrations from the neck aren't lost like with other neck joints. However, no one has been able to prove this. What we know is that a neck-through build is usually the most comfortable when playing the upper frets because there's nothing on your way at the neck-body joint.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 85
Features 85
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 90

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Jackson USA Signature Jeff Loomis Kelly Specs

General
Brand: Jackson
Year: 2019
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: Artist Signature
Colors: Black
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Sandblasted Ash
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Ash
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1500 Series Double-Locking Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Neck-Through
Tuners: Sperzel Die-Cast
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Decoration: Mother of Pearl Sharkfin
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Speed
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.775'' (19.7mm) - 12th Fret: 0.835'' (21.2mm)
Frets: 24 Jumbo Yes
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 16"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker / Active)
Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Jeff Loomis Signature Blackouts (Humbucker / Active)