Jackson Guitars

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About Jackson Guitars

Jackson guitars are a titan in the realm of hard rock and metal. Their hot-rodded Californian creations went hand in hand with the explosion of hair metal and shred in the 1980s. Jackson now define, in many guitarists' eyes, the whole concept of the Superstrat. Their distinctive electric guitar designs were a breath of fresh air for a new generation of guitarists who wanted to play faster, louder and more brightly than anyone else! These included models such as the Randy Rhoads and the Kelly, with their sharp lines and even sharper headstocks.

Jackson guitars started out when Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads approached Grover Jackson (who had by that point bought the Charvel guitars company from associate Wayne Charvel) about producing a guitar for him based on the Flying V. Charvel were at this point making Superstrat models. So, Grover Jackson decided to put out this highly unusual guitar under his own name. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jackson are well known in the industry for their pioneering designs and high profile artist endorsements. They are also famed for their excellent levels of quality control. Aside from their most famous Superstrat models, Jackson are well known for their 'shape' guitars. Models including the Warrior, King V and Kelly provide unique identities for metal players of all styles.

Jackson electric guitars are generally equipped with high output pickups and flat fingerboards. Locking tremolo systems are another common feature. It's no coincidence that one of their guitar designs is called the Soloist!

Here at guitarguitar we have a great love and respect for Jackson. We admire both their history and their modern era models such as the Juggernaut and the Demmelition. Jackson guitars are an important part of the rock guitar world. As authorised UK dealers, we keep a comprehensive stock of Jacksons in every one of our guitarguitar stores. Come along to your nearest store and try out your favourite Jackson guitar in one of our soundproof booths. You can also browse the full collection here online.

What Makes Jackson Guitars Different?

  • One of the most iconic 1980s metal brands
  • Known for their extreme body shapes, high output sound and outrageous colour schemes
  • Have been used by bands including Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax and Iron Maiden
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Jackson Guitars

    Jackson are one of the more clearly branded electric guitar lines. They are, and always have been, for rockers, heavy rockers and shredders. They are high performance guitars, designed to help with the most demanding techniques and styles.
    Yes and they are, to be frank, brilliant. The Minion series includes some of Jackson's best shapes including the Randy Rhoads and the Dinky. They are 2/3 sized for kids and painted them in very loud neon finishes! Check out the JS1X-RR Minion for a good starting point.
    Well, the real reason some Jackson guitars have a reversed headstock is because...it looks really cool. To be serious though, some players find that the difference in tension in the now-shorter low E and the now-longer high E results in a different playing feel. The jury is out on this one. Indeed, there is no definitive structural or design-based reason to require a reverse headstock. It does look AWESOME though and that is reason enough for us!
    The list is almost a who's who of heavy metal from the 80s to the present day! A small selection of Jackson players include: Randy Rhoads, Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Christian Andreu (Gojira), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Mick Thomson (Slipknot), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and many, many more.
    Jackson, Charvel and EVH are all owned by Fender. In the US, the Jackson Custom Shop also makes custom Charvel and EVH guitars. This is in the same premises (though not the same department or staff) as the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California.
    Actually, Randy Rhoads designed Jackson's headstock! It was part of his design when he approached Grover Jackson to build him a second custom guitar (after the black polka dot guitar made for him by Karl Sandoval). He let Jackson use that headstock design whenever they saw fit. There are some who'd say that the pointy headstock derives from the 'hockey stick' headstock design from a certain American guitar giant whose design dates back to the late 50s...but we couldn't possibly comment...