DATING JACKSON GUITARS BY REFERENCE OF SERIAL NUMBERS

Jackson Guitar Company was founded in 1980 by Grover Jackson, Mike Shannon and Tim Wilson, with current production locations in 5 countries.
The serial numbers have different formats and are also diverse per production location.

Where to find the serial number
Depending on the model you find the serial number stamped into the neck plate or stamped on the fingerboard at the last fret or on the headstock.



If you want to know the production year of your Squier guitar,you can decipher it with the serial number decoder, or find it in explanation about the dating system below.


  Jackson serial number date decoder

Jackson history in short
Until the early 1980s, Grover Jackson worked for the guitar builder and manufacturer Wayne Charvel. Charvel made copies of the Fender Stratocaster and was the first manufacturer with a 24 frets guitar, the "Superstrat".

In 1980, Grover started his own company and focused primarily on building individual customer requirements. One of the first customers was the guitar player of Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads. This became the "RR" model which was based on the Flying V. or Gibson.

Due to the high quality of the Jackson guitars, more and more guitar players, especially from the heavy-metal scene, had a custom-made guitar built at Grover Jackson. This resulted in legendary models such as the King V, Soloist, Concert and Dinky. The guitars were produced in San Dimas, California and later also in Ontario, California.

In 1985, IMC acquired the greatest interest in Jackson and began to devote more time and attention to a more extensive guitar market.
While Jackson still makes top products, Jackson also began to produce cheaper versions of their standard designs in Asia in an effort to make their products more accessible to people with a
small wallet.
In late 2002 bought Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Jackson IMC, and American productions were moved to the Fender factory in Corona, California.

Grover Jackson
Jackson Custom Shop Bolt On

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 1001 - 15051986   8014 - 80551996 
 1506 - 7303 1987-1989   8056 - 80891997 
 7304 - 74981990   8090 - 81381998 
 7762 - 78141992   8139 - 81581999 
 7815 - 78981993   8159 - 81762000 
 7899 - 79731994   8177 -2001 
 7974 - 80131995 
In 1986 the production was in San Dimas, California. Then in Ontario, California.
From 1987 to 1989, Jackson Custom Shop bolt-on-neck guitars were not assembled in strictly sequential serial number order.
Due to a stamping machine error, for example, serial numbers 5234 to 5999 do not exist.
Jackson USA Bolt On

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 000001 - 0009001990   002688 - 0033701996 
 000901 - 0015631991   003371 - 0046761997 
 001564 - 0017391992   004677 - 0049231998 
 001740 - 0019311993   004924 - 0049741999 
 001932 -0023241994   004975 - 0050502000 
 002325 - 0026871995   005051 -2001 
Production in Ontario, California.

Jackson Junior

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 0001JJ - 0091JJ1994   0423JJ - 0583JJ1998 
 0092JJ - 0105JJ1995   0584JJ - 0605JJ1999 
 0106JJ - 0256JJ1996   0606JJ - 0643JJ2000 
 0257JJ - 0422JJ1997   0644JJ -2001 
Production in Ontario, California.

The serial numbers of Jackson Junior (the only Jackson bolt-on-neck models without neck plates) are stamped into the fingerboard.


Serial numbers from 2013 to the present

Jackson JS, X and Pro Series guitars from 2013 to the present have a 10-digit alphanumeric serial number on the back of the headstock
or neck plate.

The 3 letters indicate the production location and factory.
Country letter codes:
I = Indonesia  C = China  N = India
Factory letter codes:
H = Harmony  W = World Music Instruments  C = Cort  S = Samick.
The first two digits indicate the year.

Example: ISJ1720250
I = Indonesia  S = Samick  J = Jackson.
Year of construction = 17 (2017)



Randy Rhoads with Jackson RR
Randy Rhoads Neck-thru body

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 RR00001982   RR2684 - RR27061992 
 RR0001 - RR02941983   RR2707 - RR27241993 
 RR0295 - RR09961984   RR2725 - RR27441994 
 RR0997 - RR17541985   RR2745 - RR27561995 
 RR1755 - RR19291986   RR2757 - RR27841996 
 RR1930 - RR21151997   RR2785 - RR28011997 
 RR2116 - RR22741988   RR2802 - RR28231998 
 RR2275 - RR2527 1989   RR2824 - RR28441999 
 RR2528 - RR26641990   RR2845 - RR28602000 
 RR2665 - RR26831991   RR2861 -2001 
From 1982 to 1986 the production was in San Dimas, California.
Then in Ontario, California.

Other Custom Neck-thru's

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 J0001 - J00341983   J5975 - J60791993 
 J0035 - J040641984   J6080 - J61711994 
 J0407 - J15391985   J6172 - J62381995 
 J1540 - J27991986   J6239 - J63001996 
 J2800 - J40721987   J6301 - J63791997 
 J4073 - J50071988   J6380 - J64441998 
 J5008 - J565741989   J6445 - J65061999 
 J5658 - J5842 1990   J6506 - 65682000 
 J5843 - J59231991   J6569 -2001 
 J5924 - J59741992 
From 1983 to 1986 the production was in San Dimas, California.
Then in Ontario, California.

Jackson Archtop

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 JA0001 - JA00111986    JA0176 - JA01771992 
 JA0012 - JA00361987   JA0178 - JA01791993 
 JA0037 - JA00871988   JA01801994 
 JA0088 - JA01491989   JA0182 - JA01851999 
 JA0150 - JA01691990   JA0186 - JA01912000 
 JA0170 - JA01751991   JA0192 - JA1942001 
In 1986 the production was in San Dimas, California.
Then in Ontario, California.

Jackson USA Neck-thru

SERIALSYEAR  SERIALSYEAR 
 UO0001 - UO08521990   UO3212 - UO40051996 
 UO0853 - UO17501991   UO4006 - UO52471997 
 UO1751 - UO20701992   UO5248 - UO69041998 
 UO2071 - UO25271993   UO6905 - UO76261999 
 UO2528 - UO29411994   UO7627 - UO89692000 
 UO2942 - UO32111995   UO8970 -2001 
Production in Ontario, California.