The Original handwritten logo in gold paint
1983-1986 "San Dimas" decal.
Two variations of this logo appear mostly within 1985
The most common is the no "Made in USA" like the headstock above. They still have the "™" above the N (but that can be hidden by the tuner bushing). These likely occurred because the logo was too close to the edge and the decal was chipped away in the finish process. This decal below shows one that went through with part of "made in USA" removed.
The other variation has "Made in USA" placed beside the N. It still has the "™" above the N. This style becomes very common in very late 1985 and is seen heavily through 1986. There are actually two versions of this logo. The first style has "Made in USA" tucked in closer than the 1986 style.
This example below has the "Made in USA" portion overlapping the N in "Jackson". This may be a GMW relogo.
San Dimas decal on Strathead
In 1986 the factory began using a new silk-screened logo. This style logo is used to this day on many models. Notice "Made in USA" beside the N and "™" is now replaced with "®"
The new silkscreen method allowed them to do Custom Colors on the logos
Here is a 1987 Strathead
In 1987 Pearl Logos became an option. Earliest versions have no "Made in USA" or ®
Around 1989 smaller sized Jackson logos also began to appear on various guitars. Some only say "Jackson" others are complete.
Strathead with small logo
The Pearl Logos gained "Made in USA" and ® which are silkscreened
The Custom Shop has presented some special logos. This 1995 has a 'shaded' pearl.
This 1996 has special Custom Shop mention and is inlaid in Abalone
By 1997 the pearl logos slightly changed in shape on all models even Custom Shop pieces
Black outlined Pearl on natural Maple
2000 Custom Shop
Special models of Randy Rhoads V's feature a gold logo similar to the old handwritten versions
Any necks you see featuring "Professional" or "Performer" after "Jackson" are imports.
Some imports with reverse headstocks have logos that look like '89ish small logos. To be sure your guitar is USA, confirm the serial number with the serial number chart at www.jacksonguitars.com.
Thanks to Mike Bartelt for the Custom Shop pics.
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