Jackson "American"

This was the second custom Jackson I had made at the San Dimas factory while I was in Rough Cutt. It was used to record all my guitar parts on the debut album by Rough Cutt… It sounds amazing! For the paint design, I copied the skull logo off a Clash t-shirt, and the rest of the graphics were taken from WWII Flying Tiger’s P-40 fighter planes.

What is really unique about this guitar (serial # J0275) is that it is a neck through body full sized Strat body (not dinky) with minimal contouring on the body (the top, back & sides are mostly flat) I think they only made a couple of these from what I remember during that time at San Dimas…

This is also the oldest Jackson I still own (made around 1984-85) & the headstock actually broke off when my friend, Rough Cutt Bassist Matt Thorne knocked it over by accident while it was on a guitar stand. Matt felt real bad haha but Jackson put a new headstock on, and to my surprise it sounded even better! I have never had a problem since with this guitar…

Also, the tremolo springs actually made a weird sound while I was recording Rough Cutt’s “Black Widow”. If you listen closely between the staccato verse chords you can hear the droning sound…


Tech Specifications

Maple neck through body

Alder body sides (I think)
Ebony fingerboard with Randy Rhoads Shark inlays
24 Frets!

Custom black skull and crossbones tuners

EMG 81 pickup

One volume control

Black Floyd Rose locking tremolo

Black hardware

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Andreas "Shark"
Charvel "Navy"
Charvel Surfcaster
Charvel "Swedish"
Fender 57 Reissue Strat
Gibson 1969
Gibson Flying V
Les Paul Gold Top

Ibanez X-ING IMG2010 & MC1 Midi Controller
Jackson "American"
Jackson Arch Top Soloist
Jackson "Disrupter"
(White & Silver)

Jackson German Camo Double Neck
Jackson Roswell Star
Parker Fly Deluxe
Roland G-707 (White) Roland GS-500
Steinberger M Series TransTrem
Teuffel Tesla
Yamaha AES-AD6
Yamaha AD6s
w/G-707 guts

Yamaha AD6 PSP Custom
Yamaha AD6 w/ LED's
Yamaha AES 1500
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Arp Avatar
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& Korg MS-04

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Roland GR-30
Roland GR-33
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Roland GR-300
Roland GR-500
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