The Shredder™

Grover Jackson...

The man, the myth, the legend has been making guitars since 1978.  He is best known by the rockstars that have commissioned him to build guitars throughout the 80's, andone of his most memorable clients was Randy Rhoads. In fact, the first guitar ever to bear Grover's last name was the famous asymmetrical flying V built specifically for Randy in 1980.  This bird took flight and helped establish Grover Jackson's name into the history books, but now he has rejuvenated his classic design for the modern age.  



- Excellence in all things
- The aggregate of qualities, as valor and virtue, 
  making up good character

Perfectly balanced in weight and tone, the Arete is available in a variety of premium tone-woods, pickups and hardware.
As shown:
- All Rosewood Neck-through
- Ebony Board
- Infinity Pearl Inlays
- Titanium Floyd Rose
- Habanero Pickups
- Flying Saucer Knobs
- 25.5" Scale
- 10"-14" Radius

It all started in 1978

Grover Jackson began working at Wayne Charvel's guitar repair shop in Covina, CA and within a year of working there, he was able to buy him out and take full ownership.  At that time they were already making replacement bodies, necks, jackplates, pickguards, so the idea was born to make guitars under the name Charvel and at the 1979 summer NAMM show, they made their debut.  From that moment, Grover inspired many of, and built guitars for, some of the greatest musicians out there including Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, and George Lynch to name a few.    
As a guitarist himself, Grover was always interested in input and comments directly from players, and many guitar models were originally done as special custom projects, where he worked one-on-one with their namesakes. One particular vision came to be one day in 1980. Originally called The Concorde, the Randy Rhoads model was the result of a marathon session that started with an outline drawn on a napkin, and ended 12-hours later with what has become one of the most unique and identifiable guitar designs – ever! Originally meant to be a Charvel, the neck-thru construction and radical styling of the Randy Rhoads seemed to beg for its own identity beyond that of the current offerings, it was at this moment that Jackson Guitars was born.
The dam was burst and the Randy Rhoads model was followed by the Soloist, the Kelly, King V and more. With respect to what was called a Charvel and what was called a Jackson, from 1982 through 1986 all bolt-on instruments were branded “Charvel” and all neck-through instruments carried the “Jackson” brand.
In 1985, Grover Jackson sold the business to International Music Co. (IMC), a distributor of various brands of music-related products. IMC folded the Charvel and Jackson product lines into one homogeneous grouping with little to distinguish the two brands.  In a story that has been repeated many times over, after an initial boost under IMC, Charvel and Jackson, the brands and the instruments, started a long swoon towards irrelevancy. Disenchanted with what the brands had become and foreseeing the inevitable, Grover left the company in 1990.
From there, he consulted for or supplied many companies including Rickenbacker, G&L, Washburn, Sadowsky, B.C. Rich and many more.  He found himself wanting to build guitars again, and in 2012, Jackson co-founded his own guitar brand, GJ² Guitars, in Orange County, California. His partner in this venture is former Fender Senior Vice President Jon Gold. Jackson maintains his lifelong commitment to building high quality USA made guitars. 


Back when Grover started building and “hot rodding” guitars at his former shop in San Dimas, California, he moved across the road into the City of Glendora. It was the true home of Grover’s beginnings as one of the world’s greatest guitar innovators that we have named our new line of bolt-on neck instruments “Glendora”.
This true superstrat features a 22 fret, compund radius fingerboard with jumbo frets and endless hardware, electronic and paint options.
 The Glendora is a timeless design with the best upgrades possible and it will surely envoke your creative spirit.    


From traditional styling to the most extreme, our Hellhound™ is crafted with the upmost precision and attention to tone!  
Available in Grover Jackson's Select and Inspiration Seies!
Limited 2016 Rosewood Arete
All Rosewood Neck Through
Titanium Floyd Rose
2016 Limited Run includes: 
Rosewood GJ Saucer Knobs, pickup rings, truss rod cover and back plates.
Rserve yours today!
Back in the 80's, the demand grew so much for Grover Jackson's guitars that it was critical for him to offer import models.  Since that era, the quality and craftsmanship from factories in other countries has improved at such an affordable rate that we felt it was necessary to offer Grover's designs, without the USA price!  

These instruments are great stock, but we decided to add some improvements and bring them to USA standards.  Starting in 2016, every Inspiration Series guitar will receive a computer controlled PLEK fret dress, performed right here at our shop in Orange County, CA! This improves note articulation, bending, resonance and overall playability.  For tone, we installed Habanero Pickups which are also built in our USA shop.  Each guitar gets a rigurous inspection and setup along with a final once-over from Grover himself.  He then signs the back of every headstock with approval! 

With limited quantities, grab yours today!