In November 1978, Grover Jackson took his first step toward producing his own line of guitars when he purchased Charvel’s Guitar Repair shop from its owner (and his employer), Wayne Charvel. Charvel had produced guitars previously, many of which closely resembled the Fender Stratocaster design.

Jackson, however, took things in a different direction. In 1980, Jackson met with a young guitarist named Randy Rhoads, who had just left a band called Quiet Riot to play with Ozzy Osbourne. Jackson and Rhoads designed two instruments together—the Concord and, later, the Rhoads, which became the main line of the company.

From these beginnings, Jackson guitars became popular among heavy-metal guitarists in the 1980s for their fast-playing necks and unusual, aggressive designs. Rick Savage of Def Leppard, Dave Mustaine of Megadeath, and Vinnie Vincent of Kiss, for example, all played Jacksons.

Jackson still produces guitars today, and the central elements of the Jackson look have remained relatively consistent over the years. They often feature triangular “shark fin” inlays on their fret boards, and almost all sport a headstock which resembles a pointy variation of the Gibson Explorer headstock, modified to avoid the batch of copyright infringement lawsuits brought against Jackson by Fender and Gibson.

Fender acquired Jackson in 2002, but many of the post-Fender Jackson guitars are extremely similar to the original early Jackson models in design. Some musicians, however, disapproved of the change and began playing other companies’ guitars.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Guitars Info

Vintage Guitars Info

This great reference site features detailed sections on vintage guitar makers, including Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gr… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Want to see all the old brochures and ads for your favorite vintage axe? Check out this great site, which showcases… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Custom Jackson King V Electric Guitar With Emg BarsJackson Kelly Electric Guitar - 6-string Righty - With Original Hard Shell Case2012 Custom Shop Usa Select Jackson Soloist Sl2h Burgundy Mist Electric GuitarJackson-professional~concert Ex-electric-guitar-made-in JapanJackson Soloist Mij 2008 Floyd Rose, Emg’s Never Played Nos Dead MintJackson Charvel Model 6 GuitarJackson King V Kv-2 Usa Guitar - Relic Condition W/ Upgrades & Hard Case - BlackJackson King V Pro Mustaine Sig.Charvel Jackson Electric Guitar With Hard Case RedJackson 7-string Right Hand Electric Guitar - Glossy Black - N8479Jackson Soloist Mij 2008 Real Floyd Rose, Real Emg’s Never Played Nos Dead MintMusikraft Fender Lic. Stratocaster Body Charvel/jackson Heel.Jackson Soloist Slatfxqmg 3-8 - Trans Green Electric Guitar 8-string- N8478Jackson Dxmgt Dinky With Emg Emg-hz Hard Case Electric Guitar JapanJackson Black Electric Guitar Solid Wood 6 String Jackson Js32tq Dinky GuitarJackson Performer Electric GuitarJackson Usa Select Rhoads V.Jackson Usa Vintage San Dimas Charvel J-80c Black Humbucker Guitar Pickup Vintage Electric Guitar Strat Style Body Project Charvel JacksonJackson King V Kvxt Satin Black Electric Guitar... Only 6 Months Old!Jackson Usa J-200 Electric Guitar Stacked Single Coil Pickup 11.65k OhmsMade In Japan Jackson Mg Series Dkmg Dinky Electric Guitar Black - Awesome Floyd10pcs 0.46mm Michael Jackson Rock Musical Accessories Diy Guitar Picks Plectrums10pcs 0.46mm Michael Jackson Rock Musical Accessories Diy Guitar Picks Plectrums1988 Charvel Jackson Model 3a Guitar Complete Electronics, Knobs, Volume Tone