Jackson basses - are they niche or just unpopular?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Katoosie, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. Katoosie

    Katoosie Mangoes! Tahiti! THE PLAN! Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2020

    I wanted to ask about a thing. I have noticed that all types of Fenders and Stingrays plus some Dingwalls and Warwicks are the most popular choices from what I can tell.

    I myself own a Jackson bass and I literally almost never hear them be talked about, reviewed or anything at all.

    What leads to that kind of situation? Is there nothing special about those basses? Just wondering.

    Thank you!
  2. Oatis


    Nov 6, 2018
    Straight neck and big frets. I have a Concert 5 and a Kelly . Both sound OK...
  3. kinopah


    Oct 19, 2014
    I think they fall into kind of an 80's/90's hard rock & metal niche. Which is in some ways a function of their guitar niche. The Jacksons I've played have been well made, versatile enough, and easy to play, but it'd be weird to see someone playing jazz or motown with one.
    Thanks, Dave Ellefson! (Just kidding, Dave Ellefson is rad lol.)
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    This exactly. Like Charvel and some others.
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  5. Kro


    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    When I think Jackson, I think pointy and 80s. It doesn't mean that they don't make other things, just that's what most people associate them with.

    As noted, they do make other styles, and the brand as a whole I think is well liked enough. I don't think it would look out of place at all to see this on stage with an act that had a more vintage vibe. Just this usually isn't what comes to mind when people think of the brand.

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  7. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    Play what YOU like , and LIKE what you play I always say! ;)
  8. ClusterFlux


    Apr 11, 2018
    I don't think there is anything special about almost any basses. Most of that "special" mentality is just branding.

    I may be wrong, but I believe Jackson kept going with the hair band / metal thing a bit past its sell-by date. Fender bought Jackson in 2002, and has kept it going, but I don't think they have done much to push or change the brand. Seems more like they are leaning into Jackson's metal rep. But again.... 90% of that is just about a pointy headstock, maybe some pickup designs, and branding that has no real effect on playability or tone.

    Thus, the only thing that really matters is whether it works for you.
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  9. knigel


    Apr 20, 2009
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
  10. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Never owned one but every one I’ve played was mediocre at absolute best.

    Plus their headstocks are heinous.
  11. AxtoOx


    Nov 12, 2005
    Duncan, Okla.
    80's shred was their bread and butter, never got a lot of tracition on basses.
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  12. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

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  13. basscase666


    Jun 17, 2020
    Pointy, juvenile Jackson headstock is a giant non-starter. I'm eyeing their non-pointy headstock JS3 and X series models, which are Ibanez SR copies. They're nice looking and pretty inexpensive, and am considering getting one and replacing at least one of the terrible pickups.