There are some guitars that stand out from the bunch, and Jackson worked out a way to produce just that kind of instrument. Kelly Pro is truly an amazing guitar that performs well and sounds terrific. You may safely head over to online music store and grab yourself one of these without ever trying it, if you believe your fellow musicians who gave this instrument the highest grades. Kelly Pro really deserves those, and will surely make you a happy guitar player!
Remarkable features in Jackson’s Kelly Pro is something you should be aware of when trying to find the right instrument, because this one just might be the one that is right for you. Jackson are known for making excellent instruments, but they have really outdone themselves with Kelly Pro feature-wise. With little to be left to the imagination, most musicians feel that this instrument deserves highest grades.
Kelly Pro is a professionally built guitar that is extremely easy to set up. Action is great, and easy to tweak. The finish is traditionally great, a main characteristic of nearly every Jackson guitar model. This is an instrument that has both beauty and endurance. Fit with the best hardware, this guitar will provide you with joyful years of playing experience.
Kelly Pro is one of the finest in its class. Jackson created a guitar that is both durable, and a guitar that performs well in studio, on stage and while rehearsing/practicing. Quality hardware and finish are a guarantee that this instrument will last long and serve you well, if you take the usual care for your instrument, as you should.
Have you ever tried an instrument and instantly felt like “That’s it!”? Jackson’s KV1 is one of those. Superb in almost every way, KV1 will surely make you a happy owner giving you the best value for money.
Feature-wise this guitar is perfect! There is no need to add or remove anything, and that is quite an achievement by Jackson, considering that it’s quite hard to please every musician’s desire, in order to grade an instrument such as KV1 with such a high score when it comes to guitar features. That means that Jackson has constructed more or less a guitar with perfect features, so if you decide to buy KV1 you will be more than happy with it.
Top quality guitars are easy to recognize, and KV1 is surely one of those, and you can tell that by the first glance at it. The finish is great, and it’s not surprising, taken into the account that Jackson is an experienced guitar manufacturer with long tradition in building great guitars. KV1 is set up for playing right out of the box, but if you wish to adjust it, it’s not a problem at all. Whatever changes you want to make, it will keep its redefined shape because the hardware is solid, and yet easily adjustable.
KV1 is one of the most reliable guitar models out there, and there is a good reason why that is so. Jackson is known for making durable, reliable musical instruments that will last you a lifetime if you take care of your guitar, as you should. KV1 is definitely a guitar you can be sure that will last
USA-made Jackson! Fast-playing neck with a compound (12 in. to 16 in.) fingerboard radius and mother of pearl Shark Fin position inlays.
Bound fingerboard and headstock with inlaid mother of pearl Jackson logo. Sharp “V” shaped body. CTS pots and Switchcraft switches:
Feature: The Floyd Rose stays in tune pretty well. I like having two separate volume controls. I never understood why other guitars have two tone controls and one volume. But this is pretty useful.
Ease of Use: Once you get used to the odd shape, it’s actually pretty easy to play. Although this is not a guitar that you can play sitting down very confortably.
Quality: The quality is great. What you would expect from a $2000+ guitar. The only issue I had is that one of the ground wires must be loose because there’s a loud sound that comes out when the volume is all the way down.
Value: It’s a great guitar, I got the snow white with black bevels. But it took a while to save for it. I think it’s a little pricey though.
Manufacturer Support: NA
The Wow Factor: The KV2 is down right sexy! from the time I opened the case, to the time I hung it on the wall and stared at it for hours. Can’t wait to see what it looks like on stage.
Overall: I’ve wanted this guitar for over 10 years and I finally got it! well worth the wait.
Dave Mustaine used Jackson Y2KV Dave Mustaine Series until his injury on April 2002.
Before Jackson Y2KV, he used Jackson King V’s, which were actually modified to
Here’s how he described the process at the time:
“I’ve been playing Jackson guitars for about 15 years now and my main guitar now is a Jackson Y2KV, which is a little bit different from the King Vs I have. My first Vs were all custom ordered because they didn’t make a 24-fret V, except as a special order and my original guitars all had Kahler bridges. One of the modifications I’ve made on the Y2KV is that I got rid of the Kahler and put a stop tailpiece on the new model. Another change is in the construction and body design.
The King V has sharp points, but the Y2KV has rounded ends and the wood used is a little bit softer, so it has a smoother sound and it resonates better. I don’t dig the harder woods because I think the tone is too brittle. I think the wood is mahogany and the fingerboard is rosewood or ebony. I have a couple of korina ones. I believe my doubleneck is made of korina. We’ve also made some changes to the pitch of the headstock, so that there’s less tension at the nut.”
Since Jackson Y2KVs are discontinued, they are considered collectible. Online auctions are the best places to find Y2KVs.
The Jackson Y2KV Dave Mustaine signature guitar was introduced in 2000 (see above for a scan from the 2000 Jackson catalogue). 2002 catalogue scan can be viewed here. The first production run of 32 Y2KVs was started in January 2000. These were assembled between March and August. 80 more were started in September 2000 and 33 more in December. Most likely another circa 150 of them were built before the series was discontinued in 2002.
Dave Mustaine had a truckload of Y2KVs. He received 10 of the initial batch of 32 and most likely got another 15 or so later on. He also had many custom shop Y2KVs including the prototypes. Dave has sold most of his Y2KVs – first through Andy Brauer and then later on Ebay. Some of them were also given to his friends.
During the Andy Brauer auctions in May 2002 Dave sold practically all the production Y2KVs that he got from the first patch. Below is a group picture of the auctioned guitars.
The white Y2KV serial U07869 was recently seen on Ebay. The silver Y2KV with a matching headstock can be seen with it’s owner here.
When Dave’s contract with Jackson came to an end he got a large number of Y2KVs. These have high serial numbers and they were sold during the Ebay auctions:
Jackson Y2KV trans red mahogany U09324 Jackson Y2KV black metallic U09559 Jackson Y2KV charcoal metallic U11911 Jackson Y2KV mahogany U11921 Jackson Y2KV mahogany lefty U11925 Jackson Y2KV mahogany U11930 Jackson Y2KV black U11950 Jackson Y2KV black U11951 Jackson Y2KV black metallic U11956 Jackson Y2KV flag U12021 Jackson Y2KV flag U12023
FINALLY! i snagged one.. man these are not easy to find in ANY color but finally i tracked one down and was able to get it.
Now i just need to find a Japanese Y2KV Pro with Bolt on neck and ill be good for a bit..
IVe always wanted one of these not because it was designed by one of the most influentional bands of my childhood but also because it was a Jackson and the perfect flying V. Balance, Sound, Feel….. just perfect….
And yet that is the sad part. most of you wont ever see one of these in person or get a chance to jam on one since they were only made from 2000 to mid 2002 when Dave left for ESP.
only about 275-300 were made if that many…
But the guitar Gods smile on me once again and here is the fruits of their Grace!..
ALso my other 3 Black Pearl Y2KV’s. LIttle older pic and I know i should wait and do a group shot but soon! IM just to excited!!!!!! and have to share…
In case you missed my gear thread for all you new Jackson guys that want to see some cool axes.. Here is a link for you..
From its inaugural appearance in 1937, Gibson’s J-200 set a standard others have been trying to match ever since. Today—nearly 71 years later—the legacy of Gibson’s “King of the Flat-tops” lives on in the Gibson J-200 Standard acoustic-electric guitar. Upon its introduction in the late 1930s, the J-200 (also referred to as the SJ-200) immediately filled a need for a deeper, more balanced and powerful sound. It gave purveyors of the new American music scene of the 1930s a reliable, well-built instrument, capable of projecting the sound of the guitar well beyond that of any other acoustic on the market—a fact that still holds true today. It is simply the world’s most famous acoustic guitar, and certainly one of most popular, as evidenced by the list of players that have made it their primary acoustic instrument, among them Ray Whitley, Emmylou Harris, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Gram Parsons and Pete Townshend.
Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the J-200 Standard. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Crown Peghead Logo Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today’s J-200 Standard. Over the years, it has also been called a “thistle” because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a “crown.”
Pickguard The tortoise pickguard for the J-200 Standard is Gibson’s standard Super Jumbo shape, hand-engraved with the J-200’s traditional floral and vine design, surrounded by a cream-colored border with yellow and orange dots.
Rosette A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the J-200 Standard is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the J-200 Standard.
Jackson Y2KV was a guitar designed by Dave Mustaine, in an effort to create a less aggressive and retro-looking flying V guitar, to contrast for his usual King V.
It was mainly used for touring of Risk and The World Needs a Hero as Mustaine’s own model, with less than a dozen produced, including some prototypes.
Eventually, the Y2KV went mass production and introduced in the Jackson Guitars year 2000 catalog. The DVD concert Rude Awakening features the Y2KV with a Floyd Rose bridge and a “Shut up” sticker in between the pickups. For the closure song “Holy Wars”, Mustaine uses a Y2KV stars and stripes (USA flag).
The guitar resembles a classic Flying V shape, with rounded edges, and symmetrical and rounded headstock as well
used to own the final Y2KV prototype that Dave Mustaine used live for some years.
I sold it away when I got the Megadeth logo KV but I really started to miss the comfortable feel and resonant sound of this model.
Anyway posted a WTB add a while back and Brett was kind enough to offer this guitar to me. Regular production model Y2KV. It took me a long time to start liking the looks but specs wise these guitars are masterpieces and it’s no wonder they spent several years doing prototypes to get everything right. The balance is amazing!
On this page you can see the evolution of the Y2KV model from the first prototypes to the final version. I have been lucky to get a LOT of documentation of the design process including work orders, factory pics, notes etc. Hopefully you’ll find this info interesting
Below are pics and information on all the Y2KV prototypes that Jackson Custom Shop made for Dave Mustaine. Starting with the first Roundhorn Vs that were probably not made with a new signature guitar in mind, and ending with the final versions that are similar to the production model we know as the Jackson Y2KV.
The Jackson Custom Shop had made Flying V shaped guitars from the early days of the company, but they had always been custom order only instruments. These guitars, also known as Roundhorn Vs, are one of the most desirable Jackson models. While the pointy shaped King V has been highly successful, many players prefer the more vintage look of the Flying V and the massive sound it produces.
The biggest problem with these Vs is that they are often quite heavy when compared to the smaller KV and RR models. In many cases this is caused by the use of mahogany which obviously is a feature derived from the classic Gibson Flying V model. The Gibson connection is also the reason why Jackson never made Flying V a production model. After the Fender buyout Jackson stopped building Flying Vs and that also signified the end of the Y2KV model.
I want to feature a special guitar that has a somewhat strange background. It was shown at the 1998 NAMM show and was owned by Life Of Agony guitarist Joey Z. According to many sources this guitar was originally built for Dave Mustaine but he returned it to Jackson. There are many things that support this story: The work order number is sequential with Dave’s mirror top KV1. Three different parties not in contact with each other have told the guitar was made for Dave. This guitar was built almost identical to Gibson V models and thus it would make sense that it was the starting point for evolution of the Y2KV