Since the late 1970s, Jackson has been producing instruments that have been setting the world on fire. Founded in a small repair shop, this larger than life brand quickly expanded to become a true mainstay on heavy metal and hard rock stages all over the planet.
A lot of Jackson's initial success can be traced back to a fateful meeting with the iconic Randy Rhodes. Founder Grover Jackson had acquired the Charvel brand in 1978, and soon after Rhodes approached him with an idea for a new, one-of-a-kind guitar. The guitar, as almost any aficionado could tell you, became Randy's legendary Concorde, an incredibly amped up revamp of the Flying V. With a look that was unlike anything Charvel had released, it was only fitting that Jackson release the guitar under his own name. The rest, as they say, is history.
Randy Rhodes may have been among the first big names to play a Jackson guitar, but he certainly wasn't the last. Marty Friedman and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, Phil Collen of Def Leppard, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Robbin "King" Crosby of RATT, Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, and more have all done some serious shredding on Jackson guitars throughout the years. Now, you have the opportunity to join this impressive club.
Make no mistake about it, these guitars really rock; they are metal through and through. Options such as the USA RR1 Randy Rhoads Select Series Electric Guitar and the KE2 Kelly USA Electric Guitar look like they'd be as much at home on the battlefield as they are slaying on the stage. But not only do they look the part, these guitars are built with power pickups and tone controls to make sure the sound just as menacing.
Of course, Jackson make spine-shaking bass guitars as well, with options such as the David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird 4-String Electric Bass and the John Campbell Bass packing serious punches. Whether you want the tone of one of your favorite musicians or are interested in building your own, Jackson basses have you covered.
Jackson instruments are definitely reflections of your personality. Aggressive, in your face, and ready to rock, no instrument will get the metal horns raised faster than a Jackson.