Jackson releases Scott Ian Signature guitars
(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-03-26)
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is a veritable thrash godfather who has made a living out of pummeling audiences worldwide for decades with his huge sound and formidable chops. Now Jackson honors Ian with the Jackson Select Series Scott Ian T-1000 Soloist model.
The new guitar, available in Single- and double-humbucking models, was designed by Ian himself in cooperation with acclaimed Master Builder Mike Shannon, the neck-through-body guitar is based on Ian's '87 Soloist (the one with the New York Yankees logo on it). It has a super-sized mahogany Soloist body with a 1/8" maple top and Quicksilver finish.
Features include an oil-finished maple neck, compound radius ebony fingerboard (12" to 16") with 24 jumbo frets and "High Boltage" lightning bolt inlays designed by Shepard Fairey, Ivoroid neck and headstock binding, Seymour Duncan Scott Ian El Diablo bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan '59 neck pickup (two-pickup model only), original Floyd Rose bridge (two-pickup model only) or TonePros Tunamatic bridge (single-pickup model only), black hardware, Schaller strap locks and G&G case.
Ian will miss ANTHRAX's summer shows in Europe (July 2-16) because his wife is expecting their first child. That means Ian will miss all of the currently announced "Big Four" shows (with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH) with the exception of the April 23 date in Indio, California.
The Single pickup ScottIAn will retail for around $3,000 USD. The double pickup model should sell for about $3,400.
About Jackson Guitars
The Jackson bloodline began back in the late 1970s, when heavy music experienced a flamboyant and virtuosic resurgence in popularity and a small Southern California guitar repair shop became the epicenter of a new level of shred-approved excellence. Ever since then, Jackson guitars have been universally lauded as the metal guitars; the shred machines, highly-original, high-performance instruments of distinctive style and formidable substance. From metal’s chart-topping peaks to its darkest recesses, for discerning guitarists all over the globe, Jackson is the only way to go.
At the time, Grover, a Tennessee native, was just starting to taste success as the owner of Charvel’s Guitar Repair, an instrument hot-rodding shop in Glendora, Calif., that he’d bought in November 1978 from his employer of 14 months, Wayne Charvel. Jackson-built Charvel guitars debuted at the 1979 summer NAMM show in Atlanta, and quickly became the axes of choice for the brave new breed of Sunset Strip guitar heroes whose loud, heavy bands were then being signed left and right by major record labels.
In late 1980, Grover was contacted by a relatively unknown but phenomenally talented young guitarist named Randy Rhoads. Following a stint with L.A. metal outfit Quiet Riot, Rhoads had just joined former Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne’s new band and wanted to meet with Jackson about designing a distinctive new guitar.
Grover and Randy met just before Christmas that year and quickly designed the guitar together in the “original” Jackson way–by literally sketching it on a paper napkin. The resulting instrument, dubbed the Concorde for its futuristic, angular shape, was a sleek white guitar with an offset V-shape, neck-through-body construction and, for the first time, Jackson’s own name on the headstock.
From a press release and information on the Jackson Guitars website: www.jacksonguitars.com.