When Grover Jackson began working at Wayne Charvel's guitar repair shop in Covina, CA. Within a year he bought Wayne out, and was able to take on ownership. At that time the shop was already making replacement bodies, necks, jackplates, & pickguards, which spawned the idea to make guitars under the Charvel name. They made there debut at NAMM, in the summer of 1979.
From that moment to present day, Grover Jackson has built guitars for some of the greatest musicians on earth, including Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Jake E. Lee, and George Lynch.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.