Jackson

News May 2019

Here is the innovative Jackson Pro Series Soloist™ SL2Q MAH Winterstorm – a high-tech guitar design.It features a mahogany body with a quilt maple top and a one-piece through-body maple neck with scarf joint and graphite reinforcement rod, ebony fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and a pair of modern Seymour Duncan® Distortion humbucking pickups – all designed to let you shred to your hearts content! Throw in a Floyd Rose® 1000 Series double-locking tremolo system, black nickel hardware, piranha tooth inlays, Jackson-branded sealed die-cast tuning machines and traditional pointed 6-in-line matching headstock and what’s not to like?

Jackson guitars have been universally lauded as the metal guitars – the shred machines, highly-original, high-performance instruments of distinctive style and formidable substance.

Jackson guitars began in 1978 when Grover Jackson gained ownership of the Charvel Guitar Repair shop in California, subsequently gaining control of the Charvel business and brand. Jackson-built Charvel guitars debuted in summer 1979.

Jackson Guitar manufacturing started in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhoads approached Charvel with an idea for an individualized guitar, which resulted in the creation of the Concorde, an innovative revamp of the traditional Flying V. The Rhoads designs were such a departure from Charvel’s Stratocaster based brethren that Grover elected to label them with his own name. Jackson guitars, staked their claim as a wilder, high-performance alternative to their more traditional Charvel cousins.

In the 1990’s they started to produce more affordable Asian made versions of the guitars and in 2002 Jackson/Charvel was acquired by Fender and US operations moved to the Fender factory.

Jackson signature instruments have also come into their own, with magnificent models bearing top metal names such as Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Mark Morton and John Campbell (Lamb of God), Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Chris Beattie (Hatebreed), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden), Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine) and others.

Website: www.jacksonguitars.com

Retail Prices: £450 – £1500