Jackson is an electric guitar and bass manufacturer named after its founder, Grover Jackson. The company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Indonesia and China.
When we talk about a guitar that symbolizes heavy metal, to this day the Jackson are still praised by many guitarists. Its story began in a small guitar repair studio in Southern California in the late 1970s, when Glover Jackson started a guitar workshop focused on repair, after obtaining ownership of Charvel Guitars' Guitar Repair in Glendora (California) with the condition and promise of strengthening Charvel's business.
Between the 70's and 80's there was a growing movement of heavy metal in the U.S. that caused great impact on the music scene. Many guitarists were dissatisfied with their guitars and decided to come to Jackson's workshop to customize their instrument.
As a result, throughout this heyday of heavy metal in the 1980s, the Jackson brand was associated with high-quality, custom instruments made in the United States, and was backed by many popular guitarists of the time. In addition to the original models, such as the Rhoads, the 1980s were the birthplace of distinctive Jackson design models such as the Soloist, King V, Kelly and Dinky, all of which are still Icon Guitars of the brand today.
From its beginnings to the present day, Jackson Guitars is known for its slender and elegant designs, and for its aggressive motifs that are popular with rock and metal musicians.
Traditionally, Jackson (and many Charvel) guitars share the typical pointed headstock that first appeared on the Randy Rhoads prototype in 1980. Fender's acquisition of the Jackson and Charvel brands in 2002 has led to the reintroduction of the Strat-style head.