Jackson-Charvel Guitars

Jackson is a renowned brand of electric guitar that bears the name of its founder, Grover Jackson.

Early years

Grover Jackson obtained ownership in Charvel’s Guitar Repair of Glendora, California in the 1970s with a promise to bolster Charvel’s business. Wayne Charvel eventually sold his interest to Grover Jackson on November 10, 1978, which gave Jackson control of the business and the Charvel brand[1].

Jackson Guitars originated in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhoads approached Charvel with an idea for an individualized guitar. The collaborative design effort between Rhoads, Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon resulted in the creation of the Concorde, an innovative revamp of the traditional Flying V[2]. The Rhoads designs were such a departure from Charvel’s Stratocaster based brethren that Grover elected to label them with his own name.

Throughout the Heavy Metal heyday of the 1980s, the Jackson brand was associated with high-quality, American-made, custom instruments, and was endorsed by many popular guitarists of the period. In addition to the original Randy Rhoads models, the 1980s spawned distinctively designed Jackson models such as the Soloist, King V, and Kelly, all of which remain icons of the brand.

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