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Jay Turser JT-200 PRO Double Cut-Away Les Paul Guitar Review (non-Epi, thanks for allowing us to do this!)

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:54 AM

This is my SECOND one. Was totally Pleased and Blown by the quality for the $$$ of my first, which was donated to a worthy cause. Since then, I've been hunting for another
at the RIGHT Price. Found it.

NAME: Jay Turser JT-200 PRO Double Cut-Away (Amber)
PRICE PAID: $129.00 from Guitar Center's online used gear search - store in Indiana.
Current ebay prices range from $180 - $260, Stand-Alone stores are asking more.
STORE: Guitar Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

FEATURES:

Double cutaway mahogay body with CONTOURED top
Maple SET NECK
2 open-coil humbucker pickups, Manufacturer not known
Bridge Pickup - 13.26 Kohms
Neck Pickup - 7.6 Kohms
2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, 3-way toggle switch
BOUND Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays
Tune-o-matic style bridge with stopbar tailpiece
Die-cast tuners (quite functional, like an inexpensive set from GuitarFetish)
Chrome hardware
Cream body and neck binding
22 frets
1.625" nut width
24.75" scale length
Amber gloss finish

FIT/FINISH:

Although supposedly "USED", I cannot find a single scratch anywhere on the guitar. The rear
control cover still has the plastic on it. I guess the previous owner didn't keep it long,
which surprises me, because the BUILD QUALITY is TOP-NOTCH. It easily equals the quality of
many of the $300 - $400 EPIs on the market. (apologies to Mr. Jim - STILL love my EPIS!).

It's built like a Tank, weighs about 8 lbs, very solid, NO finish cracks at the neck joint,
no finish flaws at all. Frets are medium jumbos, NO sharp edges at the binding. Neck is a
"Fat D" style like an EPI LP Studio, comfortable to play. Entire Guitar is Gloss finish, including neck.

Only "weak Links" will be the tuners, which actually are OK, and for those of use who prefer full-size
pots and higher-quality toggles and jacks, the chinese mini-pots and toggle/jack will have to go.
But if you're a newer player looking for a WORTHY AXE that won't break the bank, and will stay around
for a couple of years (OR MORE once you see how well it's made), don't forget to look into one of these
little jewels. Would make a FANTASTIC Mod Platform, not to mention it just plain looks "COOL"!

SOUND QUALITY:

Pickups - Again, Bridge 13.26K, Neck 7.6K. Good range, Bridge is perfect for palm muted mayhem
and hard rock. Neck can produce sweet BLUES or JAZZ tones, just tweak the Volume and tone knobs.
Pups produce average sustain, and can produce Pinch Harmonics, but not as easily as say, the 498T/490Rs
I have in my EPI LPs, but those are an entirely different breed of pup.

And of course, I'm Digging the AMBER color.

COLORS AVAILABLE:
Amber
Cherry Burst
Black
Purple
Red
Blue (extremely difficult to find)

IMPRESSIONS:

I loved my first one so much, getting another was not an "option", it was MANDATORY.
I WILL be keeping this one! Jay Turser makes extremely good quality, affordable guitars.
I believe Mr. Matiac will back me up on this opinion - he loves his JT Semi-hollowbody.
If stolen, I WOULD replace it. This is just a SWEET guitar, color, double cut away, great
fret access in the higher range.

During our "travels" in search of bargains, you stumble across relatively unknown Brands
that can step up and hang with the big boys. Jay Turser is one of those.

PICTURES:

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BONUS PICS:

Control Cavity - (for now)

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Tuners - (for now)

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2006 Epi LP Classic (Amber Quilt Top), 498T/490R Gibson pups, Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
2010 SX Hawk Strat Copy w/ two P-90s, Mahogany with Maple neck/Fretboard, with Stop-Tail
2010 Ovation CC-24 Flamed Koa Top Acoustic-Electric
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro Les Paul Double Cut-Away (TransAmber), Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
AMPS:
Crate (mid-90s) Vintage Club 50, all tube 50W
Vox VT-15 Modelling Amp, 15W
Marshall MG15CD Amp, 15W

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 11:58 AM

I like that amber!!
And I liked your review as well.
The only trouble is that it relights my Genesis gas again... [scared]
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 12:10 PM

I must concurr with A.F. as to the quality of these guitars, and for the price, there simply is no equal. As stated, the tuners are really the only sore-spot on an otherwise PERFECT guitar. Fit and finish are pretty much flawless on the example I've got ( JT133 ), with the exception of 2 small black splotches (?) on the body that aren't noticeable unless you get right up to it. The pickups are perfect for my style of play, I was going to swap them for something else, but decided not to. If it aint broke, don't fix it. Which is why the only modification I've done, and am going to do to this guitar is change the tuners for a set of Epi-Klusen Tulip tuners that keep tune way better than stock, and lend a more authentic look to the guitar. All in all, couldn't be happier with this guitar, and while it ain't my most beloved, and trusted Blue Bomber (Epiphone Les Paul Classic), it's DEFINATELY a worthy replacement.
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:27 PM

ive owned a few jt guitars and found them all to be good. unlike my epiphones that were hit or miss. currently i own a jt reso. which is a nice electric resonator. it also sounds good acousticly[attachment=4557:CIMG2098.JPG]

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:53 PM

is there a gold top version of that......i like it very much!
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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:53 PM

I concur with AF! I have a black JT200 Pro that's an excellent guitar, right out of the box. The only pieces on it I don't like is the pickup selector switch and the pots feel cheap. Needs to have a gibby/epi style switch.
Tuners are pretty good, and I do like the pickups, no plans on changing them.
I want to get one of the amber units, they are sweet looking!

And Bigneil, there is a goldtop, but it's a single cutaway.
JT220 GoldTop LP

Sold by MusicLand Central for $199.99 including shipping!


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Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:18 PM

Another great review AF, and that is one real sweet geet, these JTs seem to be the bargain of the day presently, I have one of their novelty Shark guitars, it's the most comfortable guitar I own and it can really rip it up sonically, much much more than it's price tag would suggest.
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 12:36 AM

Great review AF...

& you know where I stand on Amber... first the 'Qing Dao Lass', & now 'The Sunset Vulture'...

Your Jay Turser is slobbericious [drool]
Stuart

1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000(?) Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
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1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


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Posted 31 July 2011 - 02:28 AM

you find the BEST stuff AF !! I LOVE it!

as Stuart said, it's "slobberiscious"!
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 06:05 PM

Great score, congrats!
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 08:19 PM

rats - just outbid by $1.00 on a stripped down Jt-200 Pro Body.
Crud, had some long range plans for it. What can I say - I love Jay Tursers.

GITS:
2006 Epi LP Classic (Amber Quilt Top), 498T/490R Gibson pups, Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
2010 SX Hawk Strat Copy w/ two P-90s, Mahogany with Maple neck/Fretboard, with Stop-Tail
2010 Ovation CC-24 Flamed Koa Top Acoustic-Electric
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro Les Paul Double Cut-Away (TransAmber), Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
AMPS:
Crate (mid-90s) Vintage Club 50, all tube 50W
Vox VT-15 Modelling Amp, 15W
Marshall MG15CD Amp, 15W

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:44 PM

View PostXaj, on 30 July 2011 - 11:58 AM, said:

I like that amber!!
And I liked your review as well.
The only trouble is that it relights my Genesis gas again... [scared]


Yeah, I know the feeling. I think of my Jay Turser as my "poor Man's Genesis"! actually
combines the Gibson Double cut-away with the Genesis double cut-away. The last Genesis I saw
was bought by a Forum member after his having quality issues with his FIRST Genesis purchase from
CG used Gear online. The Second One he bought was Top-Notch.

Although I long for a Genesis, the Jay Turser JT-200 Pro is NO shabby guitar. It fills the void of "gassing"
very nicely! [thumbup] [thumbup] [thumbup]

GITS:
2006 Epi LP Classic (Amber Quilt Top), 498T/490R Gibson pups, Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
2010 SX Hawk Strat Copy w/ two P-90s, Mahogany with Maple neck/Fretboard, with Stop-Tail
2010 Ovation CC-24 Flamed Koa Top Acoustic-Electric
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro Les Paul Double Cut-Away (TransAmber), Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
AMPS:
Crate (mid-90s) Vintage Club 50, all tube 50W
Vox VT-15 Modelling Amp, 15W
Marshall MG15CD Amp, 15W

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:43 AM

Jay Turser guitars are the BOMB!!!
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 06:39 AM

And now, a blatant Advertisement:

REVIEWS, REVIEWS, REVIEWS!!!!! Take 'em if you've got 'em!

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Well, my Pots, Orange-Drop caps, Jack, and 3-way haven't arrived yet, BUT at least I have a
small project for this weekend.

Scammed some Tulips on ebay for 45.00 from "Gibson Dependable" ebay seller. Dude has MANY
sets, and sales history show average selling between $30 - $55 per set.
The Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners are a direct drop-in, just have to hide the original screw holes
with a bit of Willie's "fill in the holes with color-matching CRAYON" magic.

Cannot help me-self, just love them Tulips.
Tid-bit of info: ALL Tuner Mounting Screws are #2 x 3/8" (10mm), and use a #50 Drill bit,
just in case you find yerself in a hardware store scrounging for tuner screws...

HOW IT GONNA BE:

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2006 Epi LP Classic (Amber Quilt Top), 498T/490R Gibson pups, Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
2010 SX Hawk Strat Copy w/ two P-90s, Mahogany with Maple neck/Fretboard, with Stop-Tail
2010 Ovation CC-24 Flamed Koa Top Acoustic-Electric
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro Les Paul Double Cut-Away (TransAmber), Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
AMPS:
Crate (mid-90s) Vintage Club 50, all tube 50W
Vox VT-15 Modelling Amp, 15W
Marshall MG15CD Amp, 15W

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:21 PM

Every time I see it AF...


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1998 Epiphone (Unsung) Ripper Bass - 'Crazy Chester'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) 'fenderish' Nighthawk - 'The Vulture'
1999 Epiphone (Samick) Sheraton- 'Honey'
2000 Epiphone (Samick Indonesia) AJ-100- 'Big Red'
2000(?) Lobo Mini G- 'The Mystery Midget'
1998 Epiphone Electar Tube 30 Combo
1999 Epiphone Regent Bass 50 Combo
Vox AC4TV Head & V112TV Cabinet
Yamaha P70 Electric Piano
Tascam DP-03 Portastudio


Recently Separated:
1995 Epiphone (Samick) Non Reverse Thunderbird Bass - 'The Weirdbird'
1997 Epiphone (Samick) Les Paul Junior - 'Junior' - Signed by The Man Himself
2007 Epiphone (QingDao) G400 Flame Top-'QingDao Lass' - Too young, but oh so pretty!
1981 Ibanez AR100BS Artist- 'Baby'
1981 Ibanez Ragtime Special w/ Barcus Berry Underbridge PUP
1994 Fender (MIJ) Telecaster - 'The Black Sheep'
Marshall G80RCD 80 watt Combo - I just needed some valves!


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Posted 13 October 2011 - 08:34 AM

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Done. New Tuners covered the original screw holes, so my BOX of COLOR-MATCH CRAYONS
awaits the next project..... The Gibby Deluxe Tuners are "permanent".

GITS:
2006 Epi LP Classic (Amber Quilt Top), 498T/490R Gibson pups, Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
2010 SX Hawk Strat Copy w/ two P-90s, Mahogany with Maple neck/Fretboard, with Stop-Tail
2010 Ovation CC-24 Flamed Koa Top Acoustic-Electric
2010 Jay Turser JT-200 Pro Les Paul Double Cut-Away (TransAmber), Gibson Deluxe Tulip Tuners
AMPS:
Crate (mid-90s) Vintage Club 50, all tube 50W
Vox VT-15 Modelling Amp, 15W
Marshall MG15CD Amp, 15W

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:29 PM

I am replacing the pots in a Turser 220, the single cut LP model. Can anyone tell me if the Turser's use short or long shaft pots? I imagine the single and double cutaway whold be the same, hence my post on this thread since it was already here. Thanks.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 03:30 PM

View PostTarheel72, on 28 May 2012 - 01:29 PM, said:

I am replacing the pots in a Turser 220, the single cut LP model. Can anyone tell me if the Turser's use short or long shaft pots? I imagine the single and double cutaway whold be the same, hence my post on this thread since it was already here. Thanks.


I would remove a pot from the control cavity and measure it to see how long the shaft is....or even just measure the thickness of the wood. In the past I have bought long shaft for a guitar just cause i wasn't sure, then used washers to space them appropriately.
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:04 PM

View Postbigneil, on 28 May 2012 - 03:30 PM, said:

I would remove a pot from the control cavity and measure it to see how long the shaft is....or even just measure the thickness of the wood. In the past I have bought long shaft for a guitar just cause i wasn't sure, then used washers to space them appropriately.


Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I was trying to avoid removing the knob and the pot until I was ready to do the replacement. Other than that I know of no way to actually measure the thickness of the top or, of course, the length of the shaft. From what I have read though, nearly all MIC guitars use the short shaft. Those maple caps are not that thick as I understand. I was hoping someone who changed the pots would comment and save me the trouble of breaking it all down before I even ordered the parts.

I know a lot of people would say I was crazy but to be honest I really like this instrument. Fit and finish are outstanding and I like the weight of it, about 8 pounds. It just needs some upgrades to the electronics, the hardware, and "maybe" the pups. I got it brand new at Guitar Center for $139 and at that price I can afford a few upgrades. At least in the end it will be mine.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:12 PM

View Postamx05462, on 30 July 2011 - 01:27 PM, said:

ive owned a few jt guitars and found them all to be good. unlike my epiphones that were hit or miss. currently i own a jt reso. which is a nice electric resonator. it also sounds good acousticlyAttachment CIMG2098.JPG

ive owned a few jay tursers. one was the 325 copy.. nice guitar i also have a jt res. very nice and as you say. it sounds good acousticly as well. cant beat them for the price.. [thumbup] the one pictured reminds me of an old melody maker

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