the strat has 8 digits in the serial number which is stamped on the neck plate along with a 'made in india' sticker. i have very limited internet, im using an ATT Beam as an uplink for the cell network at 4G with 4 gigs and ive already used that up the 1st try n post pics or a link to them. A dear friend met up with me and gave me a Peavey backstage amp and a Jackson strat.There were approximately 750 Bolt-on Charvels made from 1979-1981 without serial numbers.The first serial number used was a Strat-style guitar withthe Heineken beer bottle label painted on it, November 9th, 1981.When Jackson introduced this series of guitars in 1990, there were only Pro models. Take a look at this catalog index from the introduction in 1990: Index of the 1990 catalogue. But Pro are the top-of-the-line expensive guitars, remember? But maybe it's all a deliberate marketing trick by Jackson, making us think that Professional's are all the same. It says Professional on the headstock under the clearcoat. These are the ones you want to hunt down on e Bay, but expect to pay good money for them.Every guitar from the Professional series were Pros. According to Jackson, the "Pro series" consists of 8 guitars. But they all carry the same expensive features described earlier. I have made my own (photoshopped) 1990 Index to show you how I think it should have been. But when Jackson use the terms inconsistantly, it becomes confusing. In catalogs, Jackson refers to it as a Pro series, because they can't be bothered writing the whole name (like they do on the headstock). Most of the other Professional series models are killer axes too - I am only pointing out, that the Pro's are the closest match for a USA made Jackson from the same period of time and deserves to be recognized as such.Following a close second is the "USA/Import" confusion, and Jackson's Serial Number Chart.A brief history of the Jackson Professional line: In late 1989/early 1990, the Jackson Professional line was started, and these were made with the same materials and construction quality as their USA counterparts.
bolt on neck, 24 frets with dot inlays/rosewood fingerboard. It would be nice if some guys with newer bolt ons could give some numbers to compare. I got one with an '09 and a '10, but I don't know when they started. I just don't know how many they are building per year now.By limiting the custom options to finishes and having the guitars made to Jackson's stringent specifications at the Charvel plant, we're now able to produce top quality guitars for very competitive prices.These guitars are made to the same exacting Jackson standards and with he same hardware, woods and electronics that have made Jackson the most sought-after guitars and basses in the world.Charvel imports 1986-91 Jackson Professional Series Jackson Pro Confusion Jackson Rhoads Pro/Ex/Std Grover Jackson Doug Aldrich Charvel 750 XL Jackson Stars Jackson Custom Shop Log Birth of Caparison Guitars The Golden Years of Jackson imports My interpretation Root cause of the confusion Cheaper models benefits from Pro label Blank truss rod cover? It is quite useful to know exactly which guitars we're talking about here, so you can spot the Pro's in the crowd. suddenly appeared on the truss rod covers of the Pro guitars.