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
file1318934405

Rare 1987 Jackson Tele In Metallic Black Exc ...

$1579.00

1987 Jackson Tele Custom Made In Ontario CA After 24 years, this guitar remains in still beautiful shape. The frets are in excellent shape, please look at the pic...

file1318848006

Jackson Kelly Ke3 Bk Mij Made In Japan 315829...

$859.99

Please Check Our Plenty Of Guitars/Basses on eBay!! Please Click Below USED JACKSONKELLY MODEL!!MADE IN JAPANKE3 BK ID: 315829906 (This is an ID number which is a...

file1318761606

Charvel/jackson Model 5 4 String, 1986-89, No...

$595.00

Rare bass! P/J pickup configuration...(Jackson pickups) New hard case for it.. Questions? email me!  will get you answers asap! certainly used..BUT..it sounds and plays exce...

file1318675206

Jackson Sl2h Soloist Natural Finish W/hardsh...

$2149.99

THIS GUITAR IS OFF THE CHARTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAND  NEW :  JACKSON®  SL2H USA  SOLOIST  NATURAL FLAMED USA BUILT SERIAL #U23532 ...

file1318588807

Jackson Usa Sl1 Soloist – 2010 Model &#...

$1100.00

 2010 Jackson SL1More pics at I lowered the price as low as I possibly could on this.  I need to replace my daw, because this craptop...

file1318502405

Jackson Pdx Demmelition King V

$549.00

Jackson PDX Demmelition King V, 100% Factory Mint Condition, Appears Unplayed.   Jackson PDX Demmelition King V The PDX, the X Series version of the award winni...

file1318416006

Jackson Stealth Ex Granete Stone Finish With ...

$550.00

JACKSON STEALTH EX PROFESSIONAL GRANETE STONE FINISH WITH HARDSEHELL CASE, USED EX CONDITION. Has strap locks. for more info contact Danny 915-407-6414 ...

file1318329606

Jackson Usa Kv2 King V Guitar With Case ̵...

$1250.00

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE!!!ONLY 2 LEFT!!!!!BLACK AND SILVER!!!The LiL’ Guitar Shop is Closing its DoorsALL JACKSON INVENTORY MUST GO!!USA MODELS AT AWESOME PRICES!!ALL I...

file1318243207

Jackson Dinky Dk1 Burnt Cherry Burst – ...

$1099.00

Welcome!  This auction is for one gently used, very clean, USA Jackson Dinky DK1 that is in perfect working order, and in Excellent Condition.  ...

file1318156806

Jackson Usa Kv2 King V W/case – Black G...

$1200.00

GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE!!JACKSON USA KV-2 BLACK GHOST FLAMEBRAND NEW W/WARRANTY AND JACKSON CUSTOM-FITTED CASEThe LiL’ Guitar Shop is Closing its DoorsALL JACKSON INVENTORY ...

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...

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...

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...

file1287996052

Jackson Soloist..”flametop”..stun...

$1695.00

You have to see this one! Soloist..in trans BLUE..goregous! Ship/ins lower 48..$50 QUESTIONS? email me ...

file1313923206

Jackson/ Charvel Guitar

$620.00

This Guitar Rocks! Black transp & Gold hardware. I have the original case & guitar is all original except for the bridge pickup.  Currently installed is a Tom Anders...

file1289475721

Used Japanese Jackson Dkmt Blue

$400.00

Used Japanese Jackson DKMGT Blue MetallicHello denizens of Ebay!This here geetar is a metallic blue, Japanese Jackson DKMGT. It has 24-frets on a rosewood fingerboard, an alder b...

file1277455208

Jackson Wrmg Warrior Electric Guitar W/ Emgs ...

$500.00

Here's a Jackson WRMG warrior in forrest green that was purchased and upgraded by myself, all parts and accessories are in NEW, unused and unplayed condition except for the...

file1284828034

Jackson Adrian Smith Iron Maiden White Electr...

$1999.99

Ibanez RG3550MZ Roadster Orange Metallic Electric Guitar Jackson Adrian Smith Electric Guitar Jackson Adrian Smith Electric Guitar Brand New, Mint Condition Specif...

file1381658768

Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky Electric...

$1999.99

Click an Image to Enlarge  Jackson Adrian Smith San Dimas Dinky Electric Guitar Gold Ebony Fingerboard Gold Ebony Fingerboard item# H82834.001.002 ...

file1306233612

Sweet Jackson Dinky Black,reverse Neck,sharkf...

$162.56

This Jet black Jackson Dinky is in such great condition, its hard to say its "used" It has a reverse neck which makes your 6th string your longest, this gives it such a beef...

file1403345178

Jackson Usa Chris Broderick Soloist 6 Trans R...

$2999.99

Newsletter | Add to FavoritesQuestions? Call us at: 520.325.3376 Store Home About UsShipping DepartmentStore PoliciesContact ...

file1276018803

Jackson Dk2 Pro Series Dinky Electric Guitar

$400.00

You are bidding on a Jackson DK2 Pro Series Dinky Electric Guitar used in good condition. The neck is straight and the action is very comfortable. No visable fretware. Body ...