Jackson Predator: A Guitar That Never Was But Totally Should’ve Been – Part II

The Jackson Predator

by Michael Rogers

To pick up where we left off in Part I, I had to go to eBay for some better parts for the task of resurrecting this long forgotten guitar.

The first order of business was a good neck. I found a Jackson Performer 19mm neck from a Rhoads V that totally fit the bill for a little over a hundred bucks. Yes. The Performers were the low-ball successors to the Concept Series introduced in 1994. The Performer Series guitars were introduced in 1995 and were originally manufactured in the Chushin Gakki plant in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, next to their more expensive Jackson Professional counterparts. The Performer necks of that era were the same until production was moved to Korea.

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Jackson Predator: A Guitar That Never Was But Totally Should’ve Been – Part I

The Jackson Predator
by Michael Rogers

Jackson? I thought the Predator model was a late eighties Charvel thing? It was!

Anyone who knows me knows I play guitar. They also know I’m a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to the instruments I play, too. I don’t care for the modern aesthetics of instruments. I yearn for real Indian rosewood with a compound radius beneath the fingers of my left hand. I love the sustain and punch of the old, big-block Takeuchi-made tremolos of the early to mid-nineties.

I love old Japanese guitars.

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1992-94 Jackson Parts-Mutt

The finished product. It’s basically an old 90’s Jackson super-strat that wants to look like an Ibanez (?) – hard to say.

Its composition is a 90’s Jackson black basswood body coupled to a 1994 Jackson JSX94 Concept (17mm) neck. The “devil bat” decal covers some pickguard damage from the previous owner.

The trem is (my favorite) a Jackson JT-580. I rebuilt one and jammed it in there. Actually, it’s what would have come with the body as the stock locking trem.

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