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History of Jackson Electric Guitars

Jun 18, 2008
If you are a rock guitarist or heavy metal guitarist, then you have bound to have heard of the (in)famous Jackson Guitars.

The founder and original owner of Jackson Guitars was Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel. The Rhoads V is the most famous guitar that the Jackson Company produced and this model was designed by heavy metal guitarist Randy Rhoads, who played with the likes of Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.

Grover decided to brand the Rhoads with his name instead of Charvel because he believed that the guitar would shock Charvel's traditional market. The Rhoads model spurred Grover to create the Jackson guitar company.

With slim and stylish modern designs, hard rock and metal guitarists adored the Jacksons out of this world and innovative look.

Almost all Jackson and many Charvel guitars commonly have the distinctive Gibson Explorer-like spiky drooped headstocks, initially designed by Randy Rhoads. A variety of models feature an upturned pointy headstock with the tip pointing upwards. An additional trademark will be their "shark fins" fret inlays.

Fender acquired the Jackson and Charvel companies in 2002 and the guitar making operation moved to Corona, USA where Fender has its factory. Fender has decided to keep the historical Charvel look. Its guitars are similar to the original San Dimas Charvels, with a few slight adjustments.

Both Jackson and Charvel models are manufactured in Corona. As a result, many of the artists who were on the company's roster list in the 1980s and 1990s abandoned them to endorse other guitar manufacturers.

The guitarists that are still with the Jackson brand after more than ten years and who continue to play and abuse their guitars, include: Metal Mike, Phil Collen, Mark Morton, Chris Caffery, Carlos Cavazo and Rob Cavestany.
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