How to Determine a Jackson Guitar Model

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How to Determine a Jackson Guitar Model
Determining your Jackson guitar model is not difficult. (Too many guitars image by jfsears from

Jackson is one of the most popular brands among musicians worldwide and is known for top quality and affordable prices. The King V and Explorer are examples of models by this beloved guitar brand and have been used by famous musicians such as the late, great Randy Rhoades and James Hetfield of Metallica. If you own a Jackson guitar, it is not difficult to determine the model.

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Things you need

  • Jackson guitar
  • Guitar serial number
  • Product dating information
  • Archived Jackson catalogue
  • Computer (to access Jackson website)

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  1. 1

    Check your guitar's bolt-on neck for the serial number, if you have a Jackson Junior model that does not have neck plates. It should appear on the fingerboard. If you have a neck-through model, you will find the serial number on the fingerboard at the last fret.

  2. 2

    Turn on your computer, go on the Internet and go to the Jackson Guitars official site. Click the "Support" link to access information on serial numbers. Check the link titled "Serial Number and Product Dating Information."

  3. 3

    Read through the list of serial numbers for Jackson guitar models over the years. Note that there is information for bolt-on necks, neck-through and signature Randy Rhoads neck-through models.

  4. 4

    Use your guitar's serial number with the list on the "Serial Number and Product Information" page to determine your model.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to check the year of the guitar model and match your Jackson guitar to that, as well as the serial number.
  • Please note that some Randy Rhoads neck-through models were mistakenly released with "J" in the serial number instead of "RR."

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