The Jackson X Series KVX King V is an instrument made for shredding upon. With a neck-through construction, compound radius fretboard, high-output pickups and a Floyd Rose Special tremolo system, this guitar punches far above what its price-point suggests.
The X Series KVX is formed of a Basswood body with a neck-through Maple neck. Basswood may be considered a less glamorous tonewood compared to others, however its light weight and balanced tonal qualities make it a great, practical option.
The Maple neck offers a bright and articulate tone, delivering a snappy response with a fast attack. This is great for tight palm-muted riffing in particular, but the vibrant tone can also allow lead playing to cut through even the heaviest of mixes. Reinforced with Graphite, this neck will remain stable even in differing temperatures and conditions, meaning you won't have to adjust your setup very often at all.
A compound radius fretboard is another amazing, high-end feature of this instrument. Rounded at the lower end of the neck to make chords easier and more comfortable to play, the fretboard flattens out in the higher register to make shredding a breeze. This also helps to prevent notes from fretting out when performing string bends, making it a very ergonomic design.
With a neck-through construction, this guitar has a truly elegant feel and look. But the perks aren't purely aesthetic, as with a neck-through design you can expect better sustain and a warmer tone overall.
Electronics and Hardware
This high-performance instrument is powered by a pair of high-output Jackson humbuckers, versatile enough to handle high doses of gain whilst also offering warm, luscious tones with clean settings. With a three-way switch you can get the pure, unbridled bite of the bridge pickup, the smooth and creamy tone of the neck pickup for leads, or a combination of both for balanced cleans.
A double-locking Floyd Rose Special tremolo will keep this guitar in tune incredibly well, no matter how extreme your Van Halen-style divebombs may be!
Here's what Jackson say about the X Series KVX King V in Gloss Black:
X Series King V™ guitars are Jackson’s most regal shred machines, affordably attired with innovative design elements and modern features that deliver monster tone and ultra-fast playability for the latest generation of shredders.
Built with more than 30 years of Jackson expertise, the King V KVX features a basswood body, through-body maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint and a 12”- 16” compound radius rosewood fingerboard that curves more powerfully at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the body for low action bends without fretting out. The bound neck is completed with 24 jumbo frets, pearloid sharkfin inlays and a traditional Jackson pointed 6-in-line headstock.
Covered Jackson active high-output humbucking pickups deliver well-balanced tone with tight bass, glassy mids and crunchy highs, and can be manipulated with dome style single volume and tone controls and a black three-way toggle switch. Dive and soar expressively with the Floyd Rose® Special double-locking tremolo bridge system, recessed for pick hand comfort and providing laseraccurate intonation and ultra-stable tuning.
A commanding figure onstage or in the studio, the X Series King V KVX is available in Gloss Black with white body binding and black hardware, or in Snow White with black body binding and black hardware.
- Series: X Series
- Body Material: Basswood
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Neck: 1-Piece Through-Body Maple with Graphite Reinforcement and Scarf Joint
- Neck Finish: Gloss
- Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12” - 16” Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
- Frets: 24, Jumbo
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Sharkfin
- Nut (Material/Width): Floyd Rose® Locking, 1.6875” (42.86 mm)
- Tuning Machines: Jackson®-Branded Sealed Die-Cast
- Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
- Bridge: Floyd Rose® Special Double-Locking Tremolo (Recessed)
- Pickups: Covered Jackson® High-Output Humbucking (Bridge and Neck)
- Pickup Switching: 3-Way Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
- Special Electronics: Active Electronics
- Controls: Volume, Tone
- Control Knobs: Dome Style
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: NPS, .009-.042 Gauges