To make a long story short, a new generation of talented and extravagant young guitarists who came of age in the burgeoning MTV era of the late ’70s and early ’80s needed more—in fact, demanded more—from their instruments.
From then on, heavy metal history would be written with Jackson guitars, staking their claim as a wilder, high-performance alternative to their more traditional cousins. Jackson’s talented, often demented henchmen quickly created their own renaissance in metal guitar design with a slew of highly original models, and the popularity of Jackson guitars exploded.
Metal music continued a vigorous and highly diverse evolution on both sides of the Atlantic during the ’80s and ’90s, and Jackson melded seamlessly with each and every sonic mutation.
Recent years have seen Jackson continuing to flourish, with all of the company’s most famous models—custom and production series alike—enjoying great success. Jackson signature instruments have also come into their own, with magnificent models bearing top metal names. Further, the Jackson Custom Shop remains the longest-operating true custom shop in the United States, with many members of its original staff still there and still doing what they do best—providing axe-wielding metallurgists worldwide with world-class high-performance instruments that have no equal.