Despite the fact the JTK30H feels less substantial than the other three, it has a surprising quality to its sound. The HFS pickups offer good P-90-style clout, but are thankfully free of hum. It’s thick and jangly all at once without being too harsh or trebly, which is perfect for choppy leads and fat chords.
Working with the volume control offers some fruity jazz tones and even reveals a fair bit of bluesy soul. With more gain, the JTK really gets mean. Traditional players will enjoy the thick blues-rock tones, while more modern players will appreciate the overall playability.
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Pros: Unique looks; price; tonal variety; playability.
Cons: Retro looks won’t charm everybody.
Verdict: An unusual model from Ibanez that offers retro-versatility with a style all its own - all coupled with good build quality and value for money.