Throughout their 30 plus years in the business Jackson Guitars has been synonymous with one thing: HEAVY METAL. Jackson Guitars roots go back to 1978, at the peak of the metal era, when Grover Jackson purchased the small guitar hot-rodding shop where he had worked as a luthier for a little over a year – Charvel's Guitar Repair in California. With the rapid growth of the genre, Jackson recognized the demands of these discerning guitarists' and accommodated their needs by creating the ultimate lethal weapons – a new breed of high-octane, shred-worthy axes paired with killer design and ferocious looks. Just a year after the purchase of the guitar shop, the first Jackson-built Charvel guitars made their way to the 1979 summer NAMM show in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon became the first-choice of many heavy metal legends.
Late 1980 was a crucial point in the evolution of Jackson Guitars. That year, Grover was asked by Randy Rhoads, a relatively unknown (at the time), yet incredibly gifted guitarist if he could design a unique new guitar for him since he had just joined Ozzy, the former Black Sabbath vocalist, as the guitarist of his new band. In the tradition of the “original” Jackson way, Rhoads and Grover met and quickly sketched the design of the guitar onto a paper napkin, marking the conception of first Jackson guitar. The futuristic, angular design of this sleek white guitar inspired its name, the Concorde (like the airliner), and featured an neck-through construction, a V shaped body and a headstock with Jackson's name on it. From that point on, Jackson guitars would be used to write heavy metal history, and hold their reputation as a turbo-charged alternative to the more conventional Charvel guitars.
Jackson's booming popularity during this time is a result of the creation of truly original, metal machines that were designed and built by Grover Jackson along with his highly skilled design and luthier crew. This new era of guitars included some of Jackson's most renowned instruments, models that are still widely produced (some with several variations and/or updates) and highly coveted by today's metal guitarists, including, the Kelly, the King V, the Soloist, the Dinky, the Concert Bass shortly followed by the X-shaped Warrior guitars.
Today, Jackson Guitars continues to hold its place as one of the industry's top electric guitar manufacturers and remains the weapon of choice for many of today's contemporary metal musicians– offering up a wide range of metal-approved guitars from 6-string to 7 and 8-string guitars and even entry level to professional grade guitars.