From the earliest beginnings until the present day, Jackson Guitars is known for its slender, elegant designs, and feature aggressive motifs that are popular with hard rock and metal musicians. In 2014, Jackson released Mark Morton Dominion Pro guitar. This is a new guitar signature model of the lead guitar player for the American groove metal juggernaut Lamb of God (Mark Morton).
Morton’s performing gear consists mostly of various Jackson guitars, He usually plays Jackson guitars on stage and in studio. His unique style of play has brought great critical acclaim to the band and helped build immense fan base. The Jackson Mark Morton Dominion Pro guitar’s an elegantly ferocious upgrade of the Lamb of God guitarist’s acclaimed Jackson signature model.
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Let’s see the detail specs of this weapon.
- Body Species: Chambered Mahogany
- Body Style: Artist Signature
- Colors: Satin Black and Ivory
- Neck type: 3-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany Neck-Through-Body with Graphite Reinforcement
- Neck Dimensions: 3rd Fret: .910″, 12th Fret: .950″
- Fingerboard Species: Ebony
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″ to 16″ Compound Radius / 304.8 mm to 406.4 mm
- Scale Length: 24.75″ / 629mm
- Number of Frets: 22
- Fret Size: Jumbo Frets
- Nut Material: Nut Width: 1.6875 / 43
- Inlays: Shark Eye Block Position Inlays
- Bridge Pickup: DiMarzio Mark Morton Dominion Signature humbucking pickups
- Neck Pickup: DiMarzio Mark Morton Dominion Signature humbucking pickups
- Pickup Switching:
- 3-Position Toggle:
- Position 1. Bridge Pickup
- Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
- Position 3. Neck Pickup
- 2 Mini-Toggle Coil Splitter Switches
- Position 1. Neck Pickup Coil Splitter
- Position 2. Bridge Pickup Coil Splitter
- Controls: Volume, Volume, Tone, Tone
- Special Electronics: Coil Tap Switches for Each Pickup
- Hardware: gold hardware
- Bridge: TonePros TP6 with stop tailpiece
- Tuners: Jackson locking tuners
This beautiful signature instrument, you can tell the type of guitars he likes to play from the features on this model. This model has a very Les Paul like feel to it. It has a unique shape which is kind of like the mix between a Fender Jaguar and a Gibson Les Paul. Its chambered mahogany body is bound and comes in Black and Ivory gloss finishes. Not too heavy, but has enough weight that it wont be swinging around like crazy and stays nice and snug to the body.
Neck is made of 3-Piece Quartersawn Mahogany Neck-Through-Body and it runs through the body with oiled back finish. The neck is reinforced with with graphite rods so it is super stable. The set through neck on this thing is a killer, it is a shred machine. The neck is 24.75 inch scale and also features compound-radius (12”-16”) bound ebony fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and shark-eye block inlays, distinctive three-on-a-side Jackson Mark Morton Dominion headstock.
Its a brilliant neck, and has a neat contour that makes playing a breeze. The compound radius lets you get good comfort up and down the neck. This combined with the ebony fretboard and jumbo frets means this guitar is a dream to play. The back of the neck is also contoured, being a bit chunkier towards the nut which really helps you get a grip on those tougher riffs, and flattens out starting around the 10th fret to help solo. This combined with the reinforced neck tells me this guitar was made to be played out on the road. With the chambered body the guitar is really light.
The new Mark Morton guitars signature series is armed by two DiMarzio Mark Morton Dominion Signature humbucking pickups. The’re a combination of coils wound for a warm tone and a ceramic magnet for speed, its has fast response to pick attack. Mark has toured and recorded in Lamb of God with this signature pickups in his main guitars for a few years. Mark’s confident they do exactly what he wants, and what he wants are pickups that work hard and sound great. It comes wired in a dual-circuit design (lead, rhythm) with a two-way slider switch, threeway toggle pickup selector switch and two coil-tap toggle switches (one for each pickup).
The Dominion Neck pickup was designed to produce a well-balanced, clean sound. I have to say, the clean tones this thing gives off are astounding. So smooth and rich, and really have a creamy blues tone to them. However, there are some downsides to the clean tones, as I’ve found that bass notes get lost, but I think that has to do with the heat these things give off. The Dominion Bridge was designed to accommodate Morton’s preference for a thick sound in the bridge position, but without muddy lows and with a fast response to pick attack. If you’re familiar with Lamb of God’s work, I’d say that the tones I can get off this thing are almost identical to that of the tones found off their Wrath album. I wouldn’t say that these are the most versatile distorted pickups out there, but the tone of this guitar is amazing, and since there are coil taps there a lot of different tones you can get out of this guitar.
Other premium features include a TonePros TP6 adjustable bridge with stop tailpiece, gold hardware and Jackson locking tuners with white pearloid buttons. The bridge is locking version of the Nashville type standard small post and threaded insert as found standard on current USA Gibson Les Paul and it has a tail piece bridge, I’m really not sure what would go wrong with it, it just feels incredibly sturdy. I’d say this thing will be able to deal with live playing. It maintains tune beautifully, has a great build quality and high quality parts.
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Overall, this is a quite impressive guitar. This guitar has some unique features that people may like. Mark Morton makes it work for him in his metal situation and for me with a minor pickup swap it would work as well. I have to say, if you’re a metal guitarist looking for a one size fits all metal guitar, stop looking and just go buy the dominions.
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