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Jaden Rose – Series 2 Guitar Review

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Jaden Rose – Series 2 Guitar Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Lee McDonald

I came across Jaden Rose Guitars mostly by accident, a chance Ebay listing led me to investigate the brand more and I’m glad that I did!

…Jadens fret work is exemplary, no other word for it…

Jaden Rose - Series 2I picked up the piece off Ebay (it’s a Jaden Rose Original Series Hardtail) and was immediately impressed by the absolute highest quality of materials and attention to detail, I contacted Jaden about the guitar in question and he happily sent me a load of photos and the history of it, very nice chap!

Needless to say when I was looking for something else, I immediately checked out Jaden’s new Series 2 line, a lower priced but still handmade and designed in the UK by the man himself. A quick demo at a guitar show convinced me that it was the right choice!

Features:

Whilst the Series 2 is deemed to be the more affordable guitar in Jadens range it is still a very fine spec. My particular Series 2 was fitted with a good few upgrades which upped the price a little but still represented extremely good value for a handmade UK built instrument.

The full list of features is as follows:

  • Sapele body with hand applied oil finish
  • Canadian rock maple neck
  • Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • Gotoh bridge and tuners
  • DiMarzio pots and five way switch
  • 2x DiMarzio Injector single coil pickups
  • 1x DiMarzio area 62 middle single coil
  • This particular spec is now the Series 2 “Pro”

Ease of use:

This is a tone monster! Single coils are not everyone’s first choice but these can handle anything you throw at them, clean up brilliantly on volume knob too.

The neck has a wonderful oil finish that feels instantly fast yet still warm and welcoming, I would suggest the profile somewhere between a modern Strat and an Ibanez Jem, thin enough for faster players but still plenty of meat for those wide bends.

Jadens fret work is exemplary, no other word for it, I literally only tweaked this once and it was away. I like my action a little higher than most but this can be slammed right down with little problem, all down to the attention paid on the fret work.

Sound Quality:

Well, its exemplary, you can really feel the guitar responding to your touch and the pickup combination make it far more dynamic than a standard dual humbucker layout, the sound seems to transfer direct from your fingers to the amp, all the signs of a very well put together instrument.

Reliability:

I’ve had my first Jaden over a year and it has seen many gigs, it has never let me down! Ever! I don’t think this will be any different!

Also the branded cases supplied are tough as you like, extremely good quality Hiscox cases.

Overall Rating:

The overall quality of a handmade UK instrument coupled with Jadens meticulous fretwork, inspired wood choice and beautiful necks make these guitars a pleasure to own.

Highly recommended to all prospective buyers!

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Lee McDonald

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