Jackson Kelly Performer PS 67

Jackson Kelly Performer PS 67

Year: 1999

Made In: Japan

Specs: Poplar body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard

Electronics: Jackson Humbuckers x 2

Controls: Volume, three-way switch

Sometimes, when you buy a guitar predominantly on looks, you have to suffer the consequences and that’s largely the case here. I was surprised to see something as exotic as a Kelly in the shops here and, in a moment of weakness, splashed out after a very brief try out.

The build quality of the body and neck, I suppose, were decent enough. It was solid, if entirely unspectacular. The biggest problem was the utterly risible hardware they installed on it. The bridge, pickups, switch and pots were just junk. It would go out of tune if you breathed on the bridge and no amount of tweaking could resolve it. The switch was more temperamental than a pre-menstrual teenager and the pickups encouraged you to not bother plugging in.  Other than that it was grand.

Needless to say, it wasn’t long before it got eased on out the door.