The gloss black finish looks sharp, and the abalone headstock inlays and position dots are exceptionally clean. The only downers are the control cavity—which reveals roughness around the cover plate and sloppy soldering inside—the plastic nut’s imperfect fit, and the excessive amount of white filler in the fretboard’s grain. In other regards, however, the JT-55P stands up well to scrutiny. The polished frets are evenly seated and their ends are almost impossible to detect. The chrome-plated hardware is very solid, and the slim neck feels great in your hand. A bit lower action is all that’s needed to make this guitar a nice player.
Weighing in at 6.1 lbs—a smidgen lighter than my ’61 Gibson SG/Les Paul Junior—the JT-55P combines both the comfort and resonant sonic qualities that endear this type of guitar to so many players. The P-90 style single- coil pickups really bring out the sparkle that so eludes humbuckers, while infusing the JT-55P with good presence and enough output to overdrive an amp’s front end. The distortion tones have that ballsy brightness that P-90s are famous for, and the edge isn’t rolled off when you turn down. This dynamic rock guitar is a good choice for anyone seeking a low-cost SG Special alternative.
Kudos Cool tones. Good playability.
Concerns Minor construction flaws.
Contact Jay Turser Guitars, (800) 431-6699; jayturser.com
Paul Michel and Spirit Animal Release Epic Video for Single "Big Bad Road Dog"
Tech 21 Introduces 2 New Fly Rigs
Watch Jacob Umansky of Painted In Exile's "House of Cards" Bass Playthrough (VIDEO)
Roland Releases JC-22 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier
BOSS Announces CP-1X Compressor Pedal
Now Shipping: IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
Butch Boswell Wants Every Guitar He Builds to Be a Knockout
Pentatonic Boxes That Donâ€™t Suck
Brian May, Battling â€œPersistent Illness,â€ Scraps 2016 Dates
Viral Video of the Day: Twelve-Year-Old Gojira Fan Jams with Guitarist Joe Duplantier at Soundcheck
Disturbed Premiere Virtual Reality Video for "The Sound of Silence" via LittlStar
Memphis May Fire Premiere Full Album Stream for New Release, 'This Light I Hold'
10 of Hollywoodâ€™s Funniest Guitar Moments
Chemistry Design Werks Unveils Holeyboard Dragonfly Pedalboard
Groovin' with Peter White: Guitarist Talks New Album, Gear and Al Stewart's â€˜Year of the Catâ€™
Copyright ©2016 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470