Jackson Guitars

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About Jackson Guitars

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

Hailing from Glendora, California, 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 at that point were 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, high profile artist endorsements and excellent levels of quality control. Aside from their most famous Superstrat models, Jackson are well known for their 'shape' guitars with models including the Warrior, King V and Kelly providing unique identities for metal players of all styles.

Jackson guitars are generally equipped with high output pickups, flat fingerboards and oftentimes locking tremolo systems. 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, both in historical terms and for their modern era models such as the Juggernaut and the Demmelition. Jackson guitars are an important part of the rock guitar world and so, 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 or simply choose from our full selection online and have yours delivered!

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 made deliberately to facilitate the most demanding techniques and styles.
Yes and they are, to be frank, brilliant. The Minion series gathers some of Jackson's best shapes including the Randy Rhoads and the Dinky, makes them 2/3 sized for kids and paints them in stupendously 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 music 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) and 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...