Jackson has announced a raft of new Artist Signature models for 2017, featuring some of the hottest guitarists in the business: Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, Gus G. of Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne, Marty Friedman and Periphery’s Misha Mansoor.
Collen’s gets the new USA Signature Phil Collen PC1 Matte and USA Signature Phil Collen PC1 Satin Stain models. Both have a caramelised mahogany body, bolt-on two-piece quartersawn caramelized flame maple neck with hand-rubbed urethane gel on the back and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16”compound radius caramelized flame maple fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets, convenient thumbwheel truss rod butt adjust and licensed Fender Stratocaster headstock.
Jackson pays homage to Gus G with three new signature models. The USA Signature Gus G. Star offers premium features such as an alder Star body, one-piece through-body quartersawn maple neck. The X Series Signature Gus G. Star features a mahogany body, while the most affordable option for Gus G.’s new signature series will be the Gus G. Star JS32 which features a poplar body, one-piece bolt-on maple neck with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint, and a 12”-16” compound radius bound rosewood fingerboard with 24 jumbo frets and pearloid sharkfin inlays.
The third artist on the impressive list, Marty Friedman, has the USA Signature Marty Friedman MF-1 and X Series Marty Friedman MF-1 models. The USA Signature Marty Friedman MF-1 is a premium priced guitar with a 24.75” scale, loaded with top end features. Fortunately, Jackson is also going to offer an X Sseries version at a more affordable price.
Finally, Djent forefather and speed demon Misha Mansoor gets much anticipated Pro Series versions of his Juggernaut models, offering many similar features as his U.S.A. model with a price tag that is easier on the wallet. Look out for the Pro Series Signature Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT6 and the 7-string The Pro Series Misha Mansoor Juggernaut HT7FM.