Posted on 27th Feb 2012 @ 4:36 PM
The electric guitar is a very young genre of musical instrument, having been initially created in the early 1940’s as a way for guitar players to be heard over the brass and horn sections of big bands. In the late 40’s an amplifier manufacturer from Fullerton California named Leo Fender created an easy to manufacture, solid body electric guitar and changed the sound of popular music and unwittingly helped to create rock ‘n roll. There have been very few truly innovative and influential people in the development of electric guitars. They include Leo Fender, Adolf Rickenbacker, Ted McCarty and Seth Lover from the early days and have been joined by a newer breed of truly creative “pioneers”, Grover Jackson is undisputedly at the forefront in taking the electric guitar to new heights.
- CMV (Chief Mechanic and Visionary)
Renowned British journalist and author Tony Bacon once dubbed Grover “the father of the Super Strat” in reference to his early days at Charvel guitars. At that time the major brands of the day were enduring a torrid time in the market for reasons of both quality and from being out of touch with the needs of contemporary guitar players. In stepped Grover with a solution that offered quality, flexibility and a true understanding of guitarists needs. A later meeting with Randy Rhoads, the (then) guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, gave birth to a new standard of electric guitar offering features not available from Charvel, or any other manufacturer at the time. It featured a neck through body design, aggressive tone and superlative quality. Jackson Guitars was born.
Jackson Guitars was eventually sold after some heady years during which it rivaled both Fender and Gibson in market popularity. Grover moved on to lead and manage the design and manufacturing arms of other well known brands before opening his own successful contract manufacturing operation in Orange County California. The musicians that Grover has worked with over the years are a true “who’s who” of the rock star world that includes Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Allan Holdsworth and many more. No one knows more about the design, development and manufacture of the electric guitar than Grover Jackson.