Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Review & Prices

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  • From Jackson's 2018 Artist Signature series
  • Misha Mansoor Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 20" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Caramelized Mahogany body
  • Caramelized Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Caramelized Flame Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Hipshot 6 Fixed .175 bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Open-Gear Locking tuners
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  • From Jackson's 2018 Artist Signature series
  • Misha Mansoor Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 20" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Caramelized Mahogany body
  • Caramelized Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Caramelized Flame Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Hipshot 6 Fixed .175 bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Hipshot Open-Gear Locking tuners
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Verdict: is The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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 comes with excellent pickups with good sound and provides tons of sustain. 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 82
Sound 81
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 83
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Prices

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Is the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $4000, which means that the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM costs around 15% 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 Fixed bridge that are made in United States.

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Is The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Easy to Play?

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM meets 6 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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • 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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Scale Length Comparison
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Neck Profile
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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.

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM has a 20" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This radius makes the fretboard almost completely flat, which means that it's perfect for playing single notes and bends. However, making complex chord shapes will be harder because you might mute the strings accidentally. It's a fretboard made for shredders, and probably for heavy music genres.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
20'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Nut Width
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Nut Width

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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.

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Frets

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Fret Size Comparison
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 90
Playability 82

Does the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Flame Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Flame Maple Fretboard

Mahogany Body: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

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.

Flame Maple Fretboard: This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

Pickups

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

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM'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
Fixed Bridge
Bare Knuckle Juggernaut Bridge Pickup
Bare Knuckle Juggernaut Neck Pickup
24 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Bare Knuckle Juggernaut Bridge Pickup
Bare Knuckle Juggernaut 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 USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM's switch options

What music genre is the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock 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 73
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 81

How well is the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Built?

Where is the Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM 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

Hipshot 6 Fixed .175: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Tuners

The Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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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 Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM has a Black Tusq XL nut. It's not made of plastic or low-quality materials. They're made to resemble the sound you get from bone and ivory nuts, but with slippery materials so the intonation and tuning are stable. Also, each nut is carefully cut to ensure you won't have tune stabilization problems.

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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 85
Features 70
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 85

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Jackson USA Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6FM Specs

General
Brand: Jackson
Year: 2018
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: Artist Signature
Colors: Brown, Blue Burst
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Flame Maple
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Caramelized Mahogany
Bridge: Hipshot 6 Fixed .175
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Hipshot Open-Gear Locking
Fretboard: Caramelized Flame Maple
Neck Material: Caramelized Quartersawn Maple
Decoration: Offset Maple Dot
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: 20"
Nut: Black Tusq XL
Nut Width: 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way
Knobs: Dome
Pickup Mods: Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Bare Knuckle Juggernaut (Humbucker / Passive)