Jackson Guitars have been on the cutting-edge of the rock and metal guitar scene since the 1980s with their forward-thinking and elegant guitar and bass designs.
They have been popular with some of the biggest names in the heavy music world, including Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Phil Demmel (Machinehead) and Misha Mansoor (Periphery).
With many of their guitars featuring high-output pickups, locking tremolo systems and thin neck-carves, they cater for the musician seeking an instrument with performance and looks in mind.
History of Jackson
Founded by Grover Jackson, who had acquired Charvel in 1978, Jackson guitars’ history started with the Randy Rhoads V model. Worried that the design was too diverse and a departure from his superstrat models, Jackson decided to adorn the headstock with his name, thus starting his own brand. This design has since become a staple in the Jackson range, inspiring him to create a number of new and original designs such as the King V, Kelly, Warrior, Soloist and Dinky models.
With many heavy metal artists using his guitars through the 80s and 90s, most notably Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman and Dave Ellefson (the last two of whom are still endorsees), his company became big players in the guitar market.
Jackson was acquired by Fender in the early 2000s, and with the takeover the company have only gotten stronger with their expertise. Expanding their catalogue, Jackson have multiple ranges and a raft of signature models available, with every price-point covered.
Their electric guitar and bass lines start with the entry-level JS series, instruments that punch well above what their prices suggest. Their X and Pro guitars are spec’d out shred machines, well within reach for modest budgets and carrying the Jackson feel and tone. With high-quality hardware, including Seymour Duncan and EMG pickups, as well as neck-thru options, these guitars will serve intermediate players and pros alike.
The USA models are pure-bred metal machines, built to survive the rigours of the road and offer superior tone and playability. With premium hardware and components, not to mention exceptional build quality, the top-level craftsmanship is evident with these models. Made by some of the best luthiers in the industry, these guitars will last a lifetime.
Jackson Guitars FAQs
Where are Jackson guitars made?
Jackson guitars are made in Mexico, China, Indonesia and the USA depending on the series. All high-end models are built in the latter.
Are Jackson guitars good for metal?
Jackson guitars are designed from the ground up for metal music. They're kitted out in the best hardware, using flat necks, striking body designs and high output pickups. One of the first names you should check out if you play metal or rock.
Ibanez vs. Jackson: which guitars are better?
Ibanez and Jackson are the two biggest names in rock and metal guitar. Each manufacturer equip their guitars with different pickups producing varying output and characteristics. They also have different neck shapes, with Ibanez producing the slightly flatter design in most cases. It all comes down to preference.
Which Jackson guitars are good for beginners?
Not only do Jackson make guitars for pros, but for new players too. If you see “JS” in a guitar model name, it means it's perfectly suitable for a beginner. The X Series is the next step up and great for a second or third guitar.
Who plays Jackson guitars?
Jackson guitars are played by Former Megadeth guitarists Marty Friedman and Chris Broderick, Christian Andreu of Gojira, Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Phil Demmel from Machine Head, Jeff Loomis, Gus G and many more.