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    

Jackson Slx Soloist Electric Body & Neck Project Guitar (slime Green)Jackson, Adrian Smith Signature, Right Handed, 6 String - Electric Guitar Jackson Custom Shop Dinky Burlesque Girl 1990Jackson Dinky Electric Guitar Flame Maple Emg-hz Pickups Push/pull Gain BoostJackson Rhoads Flying V Black Gloss Jackson Dk2 Dinky Guitar Blue Orange Flame Hand Painted Mij Upgraded PickupsJackson Phil Collen Artist Signature Pc-1 Right-handed 6-string Electric Guitar1988 Custom Usa Jackson SoloistVintage 80s Hondo Jackson Lawsuit Randy Rhoads V Kahler Black Seymour Duncan Charvel Jackson Spectrum Neck Loaded 1990Huge Lot Of Kramer, Jackson, Gibson Guitar Parts Strap Buttons, Pickups, TremoloJackson Dinky Emg Electric GuitarJackson Js32-8q 8 String Electric Guitar (red)Jackson Rebel Guitar - Cow Wolbers Red Blue Pearl + Case - Emg 81 EbonyJackson Professional "limited Edition Concrete Colored" Stealth Ex Guitar Emg812005 Jackson Mij Kelly Ke3 Guitar With Gmw Custom Wrap-around Camouflage Graphic1996 Jackson Dr3 Mij Reverse Headstock Electric Guitar-transparent GreenJackson Electric Guitar Body Fully Loaded Pickups Bridge Pots KnobsJackson Electric Guitar Neck Reverse Headstock With Tuners Locking Nut And PlateJackson Jenna Jameson King V Guitar1996 Jackson Kelly Performer -trans Red Wine - Japan W/ohscHuge Lot Of Charvel, Kramer Jackson Guitar Parts Strap Buttons, Pickups, +++ #3Jackson Electric Guitar Black Locking Tuners Seymore Duncan Made In Japan Mij 1990's Charvel Jackson Toothpaste Logo Semi Loaded Maple Guitar Neck 22 Fret Metaltronix Lee Jackson HeadJackson Js 32 Dinky GuitarJackson Firebird1990's Charvel Jackson 275 375 475 Deluxe Black Chainsaw Hardshell Guitar Case Jackson Dk2mRight Handed Jackson Dinky Body ProjectJackson Sealed Die Cast Tuners With Logo (mint) Jackson Dk2m Dinky Strat GuitarJackson Floyd Rose Vibrato Tremolo BridgeJackson Rhoads Rrxt X Series, Gloss Black, Free Hs Case & Shipping!Jackson Kelly Pro Guitar Snow White Used With Chipboard CaseJackson Guitar Kelly Hardcase10pcs 0.46mm Two Sides Musical Accessories Michael Jackson Guitar PicksWholesale 50pcs/lots 0.71mm Michael Jackson Guitar Picks Plectrums Two SidesJackson® Black Logo Neck Plate~w/body Protector~20 Lot~new Old Stock/new Other Chrome Whammy Bar & 2 Knob's From Jackson Guitar.10pcs 1.0mm Two Sides Musical Accessories Michael Jackson Guitar Picks10pcs 0.46mm Two Sides Musical Accessories Diy Michael Jackson Guitar Picks10pcs 0.46mm Michael Jackson Rock Musical Accessories Diy Guitar Picks Plectrums10pcs 0.71mm Two Sides Musical Accessories Michael Jackson Guitar Picks