rss

Jackson Guitars

Jackson Guitars started out in the late 70s around the time that heavy metal experienced a virtuosic rebirth in popularity. Jackson Guitars is the baby of the small guitar repair shop ownerGrover Jackson.

Grover Jackson was employed by Wayne Charvel of Charvel’s Guitar Repair Shop in Glendora, California. He decided to buy the shop with a firm promise to Charvel that he would see to the continued success of the guitar repair business which eventually became Jackson Guitars.

The success of Jackson Guitars began with the demand of the new generation metal guitarists looking for high-quality, high-precision, and high-shredding instruments.Jackson and his highly talented staff heeded the call and started manufacturing custom, high-performance guitars with headstocks featuring Jackson’s name.

Randy Rhoads and the Concorde

During the latter part of the 80s, Randy Rhoads, a young, somewhat unknown but extraordinarily talented guitarist at that time contacted Jackson. Back then, Rhoads had just ended his stint with the Quiet Riot metal outfit and had just joined forces with the new band of ex-Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

Rhoads and Jackson’s fateful meeting that year prior to Christmas proved to be a major turning point for Jackson Guitars. It was in that they visualized the legendary Concorde guitar, by sketching its design on a paper napkin. Concorde was colored white, had an angular, futuristic V-shape with the headstock featuring Jackson’s name for the first time ever.

Concorde is regarded as the first Jackson guitar but was rejected in the long run in favor of a second model with an extra set of features that Randy Rhoads recommended. Unfortunately, Randy met his untimely demise in ’82 and was photographed with the Concorde only several times. In this light, the second Concordemodel went on to become the legendary Jackson Rhoads guitar.

Since then, Jackson Guitars became synonymous with heavy metal because of its incredible performance and power. Aside from the aggressive shapes and the V-shape, another trademark of Jackson Guitars is the inclusion of shark fin inlays. Fender acquired JacksonGuitars and Charvel around 2002. This acquisition saw the rebirth of the Jackson Guitars headstock with the Strat-style, under license of course. 

The Lineup of Jackson Guitars Still in Production

  • Jackson Rhoads – a futuristic looking, V-shaped guitar with pointed wings especially designed for the heavy metal guitar legend Randy Rhoads.

  • The Soloist – a guitar with a superstrat body design and neck-through body.

  • Dinky – a smaller version of the superstart.

  • Kelly – similar in design to the Gibson Explorer, but sleeker. This model was made popular by Megadeth’s Marty Friedman.KE1, a signature model of the Kelly was designed after Marty.

  • King V – an asymmetric V-shaped guitar with longer pointed wings initially designed for Ratt’s Robbin Crosby, but made famous by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine.Mustaine also had a signature King V model, KV1.

  • Phil Collen PC1 Signature Dinky – a dinky styleguitar with the neck position featuring a Jackson Driver/Sustainer pickup.

  • Phil Demmel Demmelition V – a signature, King V based model with faintly altered wings in cutout formation.

  • Adrian Smith San Dimas – a signature model based on the 80s Jackson custom models made for Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden.

  • Warrior – a mean-looking guitar with four pointed ends imitating the shape of the Jackson headstock.

  • Mark Morton Dominion – a signature model by Mark Morton of Lamb of God and Grover Jackson. 

The Custom Shop Jackson Guitars

Death Angel – a guitar akin to the model,Death Kelly with the upper part nearest the neck having a Kelly/SG shape and the lower part of the guitar having a Warrior-like cut.

Death Kelly – similar to the model Kelly with the upper part nearest the neck having the same shape and the lower part being cut like the model Warrior.

PC Archtop – the first signature Phil Collen model made in 1988 after utilizing other Dinky and Soloist custom made versions in 2 years. Jackson and Phil then settled on creating a more ergonomically accurate guitar model with a typical arched-top body ala Superstrat with the difference being the bigger top horn and the Fender Telecaster-like lower horn shape. It was likewise concaved similar to the Spector NS-Series Bass Guitar.

Roswell Rhoads – a guitar with the Jackson Rhoads overall concept, except that it is more U-shaped than V-shaped.

Surfcaster – a twin of the authenticCharvel Surfcaster but with a different logo.

Xtreme Rhoads – a Jackson Rhoads model with the top fin being shorter and with a scaled down body.

Demon – similar to the Ibanez 540.

Star – a twin of the authentic Charvel Star, with a different label and Jackson headstock.

Jackson Guitars Discontinued Models

Firebird – a duplicate of the Firebird model of Gibson but with the trademarkedheadstock of Jackson.

Kelly Star – akin to the Kelly with the same upper part nearest the neck but with the lower part being cut like the Jackson Rhoads.

Y2KV – a custom made V-shaped guitar but with rounder edges. Released in 2000 and made until 2002. Used by Dave Mustaine.

Jackson Guitars Professional and Performer Series

The Jackson Guitars Professional Series are versions of famousUSA models but made in Japan. All Jackson Guitars with a headstock that has the tag ‘Professional’ are Japan-made. Jackson Guitars ‘Performer’ on the other hand are low-end guitar models made in the mid 90s in Korea and Japan.

Jackson Guitars still continues to flourish today with all of their popularproduction and custom series enjoying immense success. The Jackson Guitars Custom Shop is also known to be the longest operational guitar custom shop in the U.S. with almost all of its true blue staff still employed today.

Classified Ads / Just Listed
file1285414835

Jackson Electric Guitar Great Condition

$150.00

I bought this Jackson about 2 years ago for $500, and for most of its 2 years in my care it has sat in its case. The guitar is great, clean sounding and a fast neck, but I am alw...

file1285425627

Jackson Dk2 Dinky Electric Guitar

$699.99

Music123 Payment Sales Tax Shipping Customer Service Jackson DK2 Dinky Electric Guitar Snow White item# 520318.233 condition: New It's both a looker an...

file1285422050

Jackson Rr3 W/seymour Duncan Pickups & Ca...

$152.50

You are looking at a Jackson RR3 w/Seymour Duncan Pickups and a Floyd Rose tremolo system, its in great shape no repairs ever needed, comes with hard shell case. It is ...

file1285407631

Jackson King V Jenna Jameson Model

$500.00

Jackson Jenna Jameson Model Condition:Very Mint Gig bag (nearly $70 value) is included. There is only one paint chip on the edge. (See the photo) Except this, perfect ...

file1285411256

2002 Jackson Dkmg Electric Guitar

$500.00

Very clean Jackson DKMG Arch Top Electric Guitar. This guitar really sounds amazing and plays like you wouldn't believe. After I received it I took it to a very good local l...

file1285418438

Jackson Christian Olde Wolbers Dinky Electric...

$835.99

Jackson Christian Olde Wolbers Dinky Electric Guitar (Red Blue Pearl) The Christian Olde Wolbers Signature Dinky Electric Guitar model sports top-shelf features such as a mah...

file1285404012

1987 Charvel Jackson Model 4 With Shark Fin I...

$290.00

Hello, I am offering a very desirable 1987 Charvel/Jackson model 4. It features the mother of pearl shark fin inlay fingerboard.It has the signature Floyd Rose model tremolo ...

file1285400462

Jackson Charvel Kelly Standard Guitar Neck

$150.00

Here's a Jackson Charvel Kelly Standard Professional neck. The frets have very little ware and look like they've never been dressed. There is a small ding on the corner of the f...

file1285389622

Nice Jackson Randy Rhoads Guitar Rr Jet Black...

$499.99

Here is a super clean Randy Rhoads Jackson Guitar. Black in color with case. Guitar looks to have NO damage, dings, or scrapes. May have a pin size mark or two, but thats ab...

file1285393243

Jackson Js32t Kelly – Used In Mint Cond...

$299.99

JACKSON JS32T KELLYGIG BAG INCLUDED ITEM # 291-0023-303     NHJ0903762 Condition: USED IN MINT CONDITION     The pr...

Classified Ads / Most Popular
file1278452407

Jackson Usa Pc-1 Phil Collen Natural Quilt Fl...

$1999.00

Check out the quilt top on this beauty!  This one has never been played, it is basically brand new in the box.  These are really amazing guitars. This one has an incred...

file1281368409

Jackson Matt Tuck Signature Rhoads Ebony Fret...

$1239.99

Proudly Serving The eBay Community Since 1998 Jackson Matt Tuck Signature Rhoads Ebony Fretboard NEW Item Description Includes: Hardshell ...

file1276051206

Usa Jackson Sl-1 Soloist Guitar Lightning Sky...

$1499.00

  USA Jackson SL-1 Soloist Guitar Lightning Sky SL 1 SL1 ...

file1275237603

Kevin Bond Signature Jackson Rhoads Rr Model

$850.00

 Selling my Jackson Kevin Bond Signature Rhoads. Used condition but extremely clean and no rust on screws or pickup area or anywhere else. Purchased on ebay 2 years ago so I...

file1274596805

Jackson Kvx10 King V Electric Guitar – ...

$299.00

Jackson KVX10 King V Electric Guitar - Transparent Blue This guitar is in excellent conditon with a couple small scratches at the points which were touched up with the same color...

file1274154003

Jackson Kelly Marty Friedman Signiture Editio...

$1030.00

This is an authentic Marty Friedman signiture model. Gold plated hardware. Neck thru design and the best Jackson makes. This is a KE MF 007 stamped on the 24th fret. Does have bl...

file1282128020

New Jackson Rhoads Pink Flying V Rx10d W/bag

$499.00

Jackson RX10D FLYING V A sexy shredding machine with a locking trem!   (Comes with gigbag)     The Jackson RX10D Rhoads electric guitar is built with a h...

file1284856844

Jackson Firebird Replica Guitar Body Robbin ...

$315.00

Robbin Crosby Replica Firebird Body "The Catfish" Up for auction is a Jackson Firebird replica guitar body finished in Robbin Crosby's "Catfish" graphic.  If you're loo...

file1292427739

Jackson Dave Mustaine King V Pro Black Guitar...

$1060.00

3 DAY ONLY AUCTION Most people checking this out will know EXACTLY what this is and how RARE this is, but here's the details... This is one of my long-time babies. A black 1994 J...

file1274485203

Washburn Xb-400 Grover Jackson Bass W/case

$150.00

 This is a Washburn XB-400 4 string bass. The XB series was inspired by the great Grover Jackson. It was manufactured in 1995 and is one of the early more desirable Korean m...

file1282171213

Jackson Pro Dinky Electric Guitar – Tea...

$152.50

Jackson Pro RVH guitar with black case.  Straight neck.  Gorgeous teal green color. Excellent condition.  One tiny chip in enamel on side of body.  ...

file1285159217

Jackson Dinky Hx Professional Guitar W/hsc 1 ...

$300.00

Jackson Dinky HX Professional1 of 100Japanese MadeJumbo FretsRoller BridgeDimarzio Humbucker from Hell and Air NortonI custom built this for myself to have a John Petrucci, Rush,...

file1291203741

2010 Jackson Pc1 Phil Collen Solar Finish ...

$2099.99

 www.jelyfingerguitars.com      NOTE:  Please email us at: info@Jelyfingerguitars.com for any questions. The Ebay mail system has a hard time get...

file1378721169

Jackson Dk2mq Dinky Maple Neck Chlorine Burst...

$899.99

STREET SOUNDS AN ULTIMATE LEVEL AUTHORIZED JACKSON DEALER IS PROUD TO OFFER THIS: BRAND NEW: JACKSON® DK2MQ DINKY COLOR: CHLORINE BURST JACKSON® WARR...

file1285789305

Jackson Dk2m Guitar

$349.99

SquareTrade © AP6.0 You Are Bidding On A Pre-Owned Jackson DK2M Guitar Good Condition Comes in Bag   Buyer Pays $18.86 For Shipping &...

file1282498810

Jackson Randy Rhoads V Made In Japan Mint

$129.99

Jackson Randy Rhoads V Dual Humbucker, Jackson Floyd Rose Trem, Rare Single Knob, Shark Fin Inlays, Duncan Designed P/u's!!!  Very clean, nice guitar with little if any...

file1281048010

Jackson Dk2l Dinky Left Handed Electric Guita...

$299.00

  :::::: YOU ARE BIDDING ON A :::::   Jackson DK2L Dinky Left Handed Electric Guitar w/ Case This Jackson is slightly used and in grea...

file1274280003

Jackson Ghost Flame (japan) , Mint W/ Caseno...

$400.00

 This is a rare ,made in Japan Jackson Dinky Ghost Flame (Limited Edition)signed by the artist,, 3 pickups(Duncan Designed)1 humbucker and 2 single coils,Floyd Rose bridge w...

file1289986869

Signed Jackson Guitar By Dave Mustaine

$750.00

  Jackson guitar, slightly used, signed by the lead singer of Megadeth, Dave Mustaine. Comes with Guitar case pictured, Slayer guitar collection songbook, and Peavey rage 25...

file1276594806

Jackson Usa Custom Shop Sl2h Bengal Burst # 9...

$1999.99

Up for sale is my 2003 Jackson USA Custom Shop Bengal Burst SL2H.  This guitar is insanely clean!  I bought it used and have probably played it a total of 20 minutes. Neck Thru...