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.