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CHARVEL DATABASE HERE. Link to WIP spreadsheet version of database HERE Guests can add comments there also.

Database#2: secondary, newer, rarer, and more obscure Jacksons and Jackson Stars!

More information on Jacksons and Charvels, how to decipher model names, list of non-guitar Charvel and Jackson products, reference materials, and links

New experimental version here. Contains spredsheets guests can edit. (WIP)

How to use this guide: The purpose of this database is to help you easily identify any Charvel or Jackson model based on its specifications and image if attached. I can only document what I know or find, small details that are undocumented can change about a model over the years. To add to that many sources of information are either dormant or lost to time so this cannot be 100% accurate unfortunately- but I do continually work on these pages. NOTE: Open images in a new tab. Some automatically do this and others not. Otherwise hitting back might place you somewhere else on the page occasionally.

The generalish format is like so:
Model name
: Body construction (plus fancy top if any)
: Neck construction (omitted in some circumstances, see below)
: Fretboard (woods, binding if any, # frets, scale length)
: Country(s) of manufacture
: Year(s)
: Electronics (pickups, and additional)
: Bridge (type)
: Controls (knobs, switches, toggles)
: Hardware color
: Finishes (and if headstock matches)
: Other: (notes, etc)

Exceptions: I try to make this easy to look at without redundancy. If all Soloists for example are neck-thru, I will not spell it out on every entry. Or if Dinkies by default are 24 frets, I may not note so unless a particular Dinky has 22 frets. For another example if a model is exactly like another model but a small spec change I will note the difference but not repeat the rest. Some additional specs I may omit because I cannot consistently find such info, things such as the MSRP or what cases the guitars came with.

-Classic Jackson Database #1-

  1. Jackson Soloist
  2. Jackson Dinky
  3. Jackson Rhoads
  4. Jackson King V
  5. Jackson Kelly guitar and bass
  6. Jackson Warrior
  7. Concert Bass
  8. Grover Jacksons
  9. Later 90s Grover Jackson
  10. Other, Team GJ

Personal Collection:

My personal album. Please note that most of these images weren't meant to document anything initially, just images I took at the time so excuse poor camera work. Guitars seen are Charvette 400 bass, Charvel Model 1B, Charvel Model 2B, Jackson Concert Bass EX, Charvel Model 4B, Jackson RR3, Dinky Std, a hard to find these days Jackson guitar soft case, Charvel Fusion Custom, Jackson Stealth Pro, Concert Bass V and more. See the album for individual comments.

Collected ads and more:

Here (Drive folder)


Jackson Soloist

Jackson’s other signature model (see Rhoads entry), these are neck-thru superstrats. The first was completed August 28, 1984. Early distinctions were between the Soloist Custom: neck-thru, 24 frets, ebony, bound fretboard, and ‘sharkfins’ or pearl dots and Soloists Student: the same but rosewood, no binding, and pearl dots only. Both of course were of equal quality. Floyd Rose, Kahler, and string through body were some options and Seymour Duncan’s were stock until 1985 when Jackson started to use in-house wound pickups. The finishes were pretty much whatever. Ontario era brings some changes such as the JT-6 bridge and an archtop option. In 1990 Soloists became a regular production model. An asterisk means that the model or specs of such are dubious and clarification or further research is needed.

USA

Pro Series: Not to be confused with "Professional"..

MJ Series: 2021- MIJ Jacksons. All higher end

X Series

MG Series

Professional Series

Signature Soloists


Jackson Dinky

Called ‘Dinky’ for the body size, they feature “a lighter body with high-speed playability” according to Jackson. These are bolt on guitars, otherwise identical to the Soloists in many flavors. Assume they have a compound radius 12” to 16” fretboard, maple bolt-on 24 fret neck, and standard volume, tone, and three or five way toggle unless otherwise noted. Asterisks mean more information and research is needed.

USA

Pro Series: not "Professional"..

MG Series

MJ Series: 2021- MIJ Jacksons. All higher end

X Series

Professional Series

Other

JS Series

Signature Dinkys:


Jackson Rhoads

The famous guitar ‘Jackson’ was made for essentially, a collaboration between Randy Rhoads and Grover Jackson. This database is meant to document production models rather than custom shop guitars and prototypes but let’s touch on it a bit. The Rhoads is an asymmetrical Flying V shaped guitar which Randy nicknamed ‘Concorde’ after the aircraft. There are a few prototypes but they all look close to production models aside from the vintage style tremolo. I will cover the normal models here also some special ones like the Roswell Rhoads. (The Roswell 'Star' is Custom Shop also). Unless noted, these are neck-thru with 22 frets and a 1 vol/1 tone/three-way toggle.

USA

Pro Series: NOT "Professional" I swear..

MJ Series: 2021- MIJ Jacksons. All higher end

MG Series

X Series

Professional

Other

JS Series

Signature Rhoads:


Jackson King V

This is an aggressively styled guitar named after ‘King’ Robbin Crosby of Ratt. The V-shaped design spawned from a custom Jackson he’d play, a ‘Double Rhoads’ (a V guitar comprised of the ‘long’ wings of a Rhoads. This was never a regular production model). Later Dave Mustaine would be the face of this guitar among others. The King V was designed as a smaller version of the Double Rhoads to accompany more average sized players. These guitars are traditionally two humbucker designs with a tremolo, but not always. Other design specs vary as well, such as 24 or 22 frets, knob/control configurations, the fretboard, etc.

USA

Pro Series. Pro, not Professional!

Professional Series

X Series

JS Series

Signature King Vs


Jackson Kelly

An aggressive vaguely Explorer shaped guitar named after Bradford Kelly of Heaven in the early 80s (more specifically a ‘Special Explorer’ which had a larger ‘King Kelly’ body size than modern Kelly guitars). Since then many other players like Marty Friedman have made it a Jackson family mainstay. Kelly guitars usually have a typical Jackson neck, two humbucker pickups, a locking tremolo, 24 frets, and a neck-thru or bolt-on neck. That is not always however, there 22 fret versions with accordingly altered body dimensions and of course the three different body sizes overall. (See additional references at bottom)

USA

Pro Series.

Professional Series.

X Series

Other

Basses

JS Series

Signature Kellys


Jackson Warrior

An X shaped guitar with each point resembling a Jackson headstock. Introduced late 1989 and designed by Mikey Wright, a Jackson R&D, the shape was discontinued (and apparently unpopular) a year later after the USA and Profesional models. In 2001 however, it was reissued and continued to be a brutal design earning its namesake. Usual specs include 24 frets, fast Jackson neck, a tremolo, and two humbucking pickups. Unique to the initial models, the USA and Pro are the 24.75 scale and have three slanted in reverse rail pickups. See Links section for more history.

USA

Professional Series

MG Series

X Series

JS Series

Signature Warriors


Jackson Concert Bass

A four string bass Jackson offered at least as early as 1984. The classic Concert Bass is a four string 34 inch scale neck-thru or bolt-on bass with 21 frets using a p-bass (J-20) neck pickup and a jazz single coil (J-150) or humbucking (varied) bridge pickup along with the J-2000 Bass preamp later. It has the ‘custom’ and ‘student’ options as did many classic custom shop Jacksons. During the 90s the Concert bass had three ‘Professional’ series variants and a ‘Performer’. In 1998 the line was drastically redesigned into several four and five string variants, passive and active. In 2002 it received another redesign as the CMG Concert bass and finally in 2012 using a similar look to the previous the current JS and X Series Concert basses.

USA

Pro Series

MG Series

Professional Series

X Series

Other

JS Series

Signature Concert Basses


Grover Jackson

Japanese Market only Jacksons with equivalents to the USA domestic versions, but with different specifications, finishes, and sometimes completely unique models and variants. These are sometimes Team GJ or Jackson Stars, but it’s the same builders. (see section)

Grover Jackson Soloists: Japan only Soloists with the usual neck-thru design, compound radius, 24 frets, 25.5” scale, etc unless noted.

Grover Jackson Dinky: Also includes subcategories, Dinky Axe a Dinky with a slightly different body shape and Super Dinky which is Fusion (24.75”) scale.

Grover Jackson Randy Rhoads: Rhoads models.

Grover Jackson King V: King V models

Grover Jackson Kelly

Grover Jackson Basses

Other models and signature guitars:


Later 90s Grover Jackson and GJ*

A similar story to the Grover Jacksons, these are usually Japanese made import Jacksons but for the domestic market there only. They consist of the typical classic Jackson shapes and styles, similar to worldwide market models but may also consist of unique models. A couple immediately below are USA made (will be marked) but sold only to Japanese markets, thus still using Grover names. Jackson Stars will be covered here, which also has some US and MIJ offerings. GJ or Team GJ is for Grover Jackson. This is later down the line and lower end. (A bit more research needed. Also some color codes needed)

Signature U.S. Custom Shop Made Grover Jackson: All with hardcases. 1996-9?

U.S. Custom Shop Made Standard Models

Supreme: For this and other sections see 'Jackson Extra' page to decipher the naming schemes. Needs some finish color codes.

Grover Jackson Impression:

Grover Jackson Delight:

Grover Jackson Progress:

Grover Jackson Ambition:

Grover Jackson Classic but unconventional:

Grover Jackson Bass GJb and Lb: Various basses that closely resemble to the late 90s to early 00s Concert Basses but offer other attributes. All sport a unique ‘GJb’ logo on the 3 or 2x2 headstock. 1999-?

Black Blood Series: All blacked out Jacksons! 1996-99? Come in all nearly all Jackson shapes. I will group these together as the catalogs do.

Grover Jackson GJr. Series: short scale instruments with built in speakers. Apparently they got Megadeth to model with them! (see images)

Grover Jackson MyG.: Seems to be an entry level collection. 1999ish. There are two Charvels in this series too, but they’ll be covered on the Charvel page.


Other: Uncategorized, Team G.J.: The logo style can vary. Lots of research needed!

Team G.J. logo

(Borrowed image) Above: Typical font, some however can be found in a more cursive look. (See GJ Rhoads below)