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History of the Jackson Warrior Electric Guitar

Jul 1, 2008
By 1989 the Jackson Guitar company was the foremost producer of the world's most wanted guitars. Drastic and unparalleled, the Jackson superstrats were mimicked by every guitar manufacturer, including B.C. Rich, Kramer Gibson, Fender and Ibanez.

The original founder of the Jackson company - Grover Jackson - wasn't the designer of the Warrior guitar, having left his company in 1989. Instead it was an R&D designer named Mikey Wright who produced the new guitar. It was a design that was a drastic change from Jackson's superstart design. This was a risk when you consider that the superstart had taken the world by storm during the 1980s and put the company into the guitar hall of fame.

The first Jackson Warrior rolled off the production line in 1990 only to be discontinued a year later. With no less than 5 pointy appendages (four on the body, one at the headstock) the Warrior was amply named. The design has been called aggressive and obnoxious.

Jackson made two types of Warrior guitars - the Warrior and Warrior Pro. The plain warrior was constructed in the USA, while the Pro was produced in Japan. The only difference between the two versions was that country in which they were made.

Jackson offered the following paint colors on the Pro models: Snow White Pearl, Ferrari Red, Pearl Yellow, Candy Blue and Midnight Black. The plain Warrior had even more colors available: Pearl Yellow, Fire Crackle, Snow White, Metallic Electric Blue, Metallic Black, Candy Red, Tie Die, Eerie Dess Swirl, Ferrari Red, Pearl White and Midnight Black.

Jackson re-released the Warrior model in 2001 - exactly ten years after the last Warrior left the Jackson factory. You can pick up on of these Warrior for $1,200 retail.

The overseas made Warrior retail for about $400 and are simple bolt on models with a wide range of pickups. The USA made Warrior is more expensive, reflecting the Duncan pickups, Floyd Rose tremolos and other superior qualities. The US model however, doesn't have the active circuitry, slanted fingerboard and pickup as the previous models did.

Despite the minor changes to the original design, these new Warriors are on par with the original models and the quality of the manufacturing is excellent.
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You can find Jackson Guitars online at great prices - whether it is new, used, hard to find and rare classics. Vincent Roarden has a wide selection of Jackson Guitars for sale online including Warrior Jackson Guitars, Kelly and Soloist.
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