This week’s featured gear line is Jackson Guitars! Formed in 1980, Jackson Guitars are known for their slender and elegant designs, and feature aggressive motifs that are popular with hard rock and metal musicians.

Named for their founder Grover Jackson, in the 1970s Jackson obtained part ownership in Charvel’s Guitar Repair of Glendora, California, with a promise to bolster Charvel’s business. Wayne Charvel eventually sold his interest to Grover Jackson on November 10, 1978, which gave Jackson control of the business and the Charvel name.

Jackson Guitars originated in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhoads approached the company with an idea for an individualized guitar. The collaborative design resulted in the creation of the Concorde, an innovative revamp of the traditional Flying V. These designs were such a departure from Charvel’s Stratocaster-based models that Jackson elected to label them under a different brand name. He chose his own last name, and created the first Jackson guitar.

Traditionally, Jackson guitars share the typical pointed headstock that first appeared on Randy Rhoads’s prototype in 1980. Another Jackson trademark is the ‘shark fin’ inlays, which inspired other famous guitar companies such as Ibanez to follow suit with similar designs.

In the Fall of 2002, Fender purchased Jackson.

Check out this video for a demo of the Jackson JS Series Dinky Archtop JS22 DKA! 

Are you a fan of Jackson guitars? Out of the “metal” guitars, which do you prefer – Jackson, ESP, Ibanez, or another?  We are returning to in-home lessons as well as Video Conference Lessons if you want to learn about gear with a professional!

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