#1
Hi, I just bought what I think is a jap model Jackson JS30, but not sure. It's blue, reverse headstock, etc,. I looked online at the Jackson Website I think it was, and it had a forum folder for non us jackson and I looked and someone on the forum there said that the japanese jackson have a serial number of 9, and have like 7 numbers total. This one was exactly like that.. So, I'm hoping I'm getting lucky, because I hear the Indian versions aren't that good. The guy told me he thought it was bought in the 90's.. I'm hoping! It has EMG's in it that he put in and I got it cheap.. So, wish me luck.
If anyone knows how to tell if it was made in Japan or ? Let me know. It has no sticker on the back of the headstock which is usually where it would tell me. I thought about taking the neck off and looking in the neck pocket because in other guitars I've seen writing. Any ideas?
Thanks
Tim
#2
how does it play, if it plays and sounds good then who cares where it was made. the js series are the low end jackson models and i think they are made now in indonesia. dont know about older models.. and yea you would be able to tell through the serial numbers on the neck plate. there used to be a jackson guitar owners website. where you could find out. i dont know if it still exists......good luck
epiphone gothic lp
ibanez arc-300
epiphone traditional pro lp
vox ad100vht head.
vox cab
#3
Offer it some sushi?

On a serious note, AFAIK I don't think any of the JS series were made in Japan.
Actually called Mark!

Quote by TNfootballfan62
People with a duck for their avatar always give good advice.

...it's a seagull

Quote by Dave_Mc
i wanna see a clip of a recto buying some groceries.


stuffmycatswatchontv.tumblr.com
#4
JS is Indian. Sorry dude.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
#5
Thanks guys.. I've seen JS seris that had a Japan sticker on the neck.. I've also seen some with India stickers on the back of the headstock..
I've always trusted the Jacksons from Japan.. I hear bad things about the Indian versions.. If it plays well and sounds good, I'll keep it no matter.. But, it would be nice to know..
Thanks guys..
Tim
#6
I have a japanese made Jackson DR7 and a Korean made Peformer PS2 and they have very different control plate covers, the Japanese made one is much bigger and is parallel to the imaginary trem cavity (it's a string through). And the Korean one is small, crooked, and looks a lot more shitty than the DR's. Also the DR has a cut out between the horns that my MIK Performer does not have.

EDIT: Oh I forgot to add that the dots are different too, the DR has shark fins, but my peformer's 12th and 24th fret dots are closer to the edges of the fretboard than what is put on MIJ's. The Japanese dots look better I think.
Last edited by uncle_sprinter at Apr 2, 2012,
#7
Quote by steven seagull
Offer it some sushi?

On a serious note, AFAIK I don't think any of the JS series were made in Japan.


Hey guys.. I found out that lot's of JS's were made in Japan as well as many other cheaper jacksons. I found this on the Jackson forum. I don't know if it's 100% true, but it looks correct. See below and I hope this helps.. :

Tim

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Import Serial Number / Country of Origin FAQ
I think it might be helpful for people trying to decode Jackson Import serial numbers if a centralized serial number / Country of Origin FAQ could be put together. I will start with this and if others with more knowledge (or corrections if need be) will post contributions I will edit this first post:


Jackson Import Bolt-on serial number guide:

6 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
0-5 | Professional (MIJ) [or No Series (MIJ) for 1995], first digit denotes year (0=1990, 5=1995)
6 | 1996 No Series (MIJ)
90-95 | Fusion (MIJ), first two digits denotes year (90=1990, 95=1994)
96 | 1996 No Series MIJ before switch to 7 digit serial


7 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
1 | Performer (MIK)
94 | 1994 MIJ Concept guitars, first two digits denotes year (only made in 1994)
9 | 1996+ MIJ (all MIJ series, even JS MIJ), started with 96xxxxx and went up sequentially (97,98, etc)


8 Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
00-04 | JS (MII), X (MII) or very early JS30xx (MII) [2004 only], first two digits denotes year (00=2000, 04=2004)
6 | JS (MIT), probably the first digit denotes year (6=1996)
96-99 | JS (MII) or X (MII) first two digits denotes year (96=1996, 99=1999)


9 (or 10) Digit Serials
Starts w/ | Type of Jackson Guitar
2 | JS30xx (MII), first four digits denotes year, 10th digit added at start of 2008


Year by year serial number scheme information:

1990 to 2010 Made in Japan guitars
Jackson imports started in 1990 after the success of the Charvel import series (1986-1991), which came out of the merger of Jackson and IMC. Jackson only imported neck thru Professional series MIJ guitars (the Pro models) in 1990 and 1991. 1992 started the importation of bolt on Professional series MIJ guitars. The serial numbers of the Professional series MIJ guitars are 6 digits long and will start with 0-5 with the first digit corresponding to the year (0xxxxx = 1990, 5xxxxx = 1995). There is an exception to this serial number format, Fusion model guitars (1990-1995) also have a 6 digit serial but will start with 90-95 with the first two digits corresponding to the year (90xxxx = 1990, 95xxxx = 1995). In 1994 (technically Christmas 1993) a new MIJ series started, the Concept series. The Concept series was only produced in 1994 and had the first 7 digit serial number scheme (94xxxxx). 1996 saw the end of the Professional series guitars and a new serial number format. All MIJ bolt on guitars received a 7 digit serial number starting at 9600000 increasing sequentially as more guitars are built, this system continues to this day for MIJ guitars (as of the start of 2010 the serial numbers are up to approximately 9850000). There is a slight exception to this format for several 1996 models. The new 7 digit MIJ serial system was suppose to start at the end of the Professional series which was suppose to end in 1995, but it appears a few Professional series guitars were made into early 1996. Some new "No Series" name MIJ guitars for 1996 (like the SDK-2, the Stealth EX, etc) received 6 digit serial numbers during this transition period while the Professional series was ended (there also are some Professionals that received 7 digit new format serial numbers and some new "No Series" guitars that received the new 7 digit serial number sequence [96] in their 6 digit serial numbers, so anything is possible during this transition in early 1996).

1995 the Korean Performers
The less expensive MIJ Concept series (produced Christmas 1993 to 1994) moved production to Korea in 1995 and became the Performer series. All MIK Performers were given a 7 digit serial number that starts with the number 1 (there is some speculation that they can also start with a 0, but I have not seen a 7 digit serial number starting with 0 as of yet) and were assigned serial numbers sequentially. Production of the MIK Performers ended in 1998 and the production moved to Japan in 1999. There is not a precise way of dating the production numbers across all four years of MIK production (I only have a few dates aligned with serial numbers as of right now); if you have a MIK guitar please post the serial number and any other information at http://www.jcfonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=101420 so that one day we may be able to know production dates via the MIK serial number.

1996 the JS20 MIT, MII, MIK, MIJ
The new "No Series" name MIJ guitars had a low priced student model companion, the JS20. The MSRP of the JS20 in 1996 was $325 and it could be purchased new for around $200 in the US at the time. A black JS20 (serial number 65002013) was my first electric guitar and my first Jackson, purchased new in 1996. The JS20 was initially made in Taiwan (MIT), India (MII), Korea (MIK) and Japan (MIJ). Serial numbers for the MIT JS20s are 8 digits long and the first digit probably denotes the year. No serial numbers are known except ones leading with a 6, so it is likely production of Jackson guitars in Taiwan started and ended in 1996. Serial numbers for the MII JS20s are also 8 digits long with the first two digits corresponding to the year (96xxxxxx = 1996, 99xxxxxx = 1999, 00xxxxxx = 2000, 04xxxxxx = 2004), JS20s are still made in India (as of 2010). Serial numbers for the MIK JS20s are 7 digits long and start with the number 1 (there is some speculation that they might also start with a 0, but I have not seen a 7 digit serial number starting with 0 as of yet), production ended in 1998 when the Jackson MIK production ended. Serial numbers for the MIJ JS20s follow the exact same format as all other MIJ serial numbers from 1996 on, they are assigned a 7 digit serial number which increases sequentially. I have never seen a pre-1998 MIJ JS20 and the MIJ JS20 appears to still be made today (2010). I suspect the move of the X series from Korea to Japan is why the MIK JS20s end in 1998 and MIJ JS20s appear to start in 1999 [speculation warning].

1998 the Indian X series
In 1998 Jackson started a new series called the X series, which was made in India. JS20s had been produced in India since 1996 using an 8 digit serial scheme where the first two digits corresponding to the year (96xxxxxx = 1996, 99xxxxxx = 1999, 00xxxxxx = 2000, 04xxxxxx = 2004). The new 1998 X series continued using this same serial number sequence until the X series ended production in India in 2001 and moved to Japan starting in 2002 (where it currently is made, as of 2010).

2004 the MII JS30xx series
End of year 2004, a new low cost student model series started production in India. In a very confusing manner, the new series was called the called the JS30xx series, which is not the same as the JS30 guitar made between 2002 and 2004. The new JS30xx series had low cost versions of the Jackson Randy Rhoads (JS30RR), the Jackson Dinky (JS30DK and JS30DKT), the Jackson Kelly (JS30KE), the Jackson King V (JS30KV) and the Jackson Warrior (JS30WR). The JS30xx guitars have fixed bridges (JT390), chrome hardware and two Jackson CRV2 humbucking pickups, except the JS30DKT model which has a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo instead of the fixed bridge. It appears some early JS30xx production guitars were given 8 digit serial numbers starting with 04xxxxxx identical to the MII JS20 guitars already produced in India. The normal serial number scheme for all JS30xx guitars is a 9 digit (or 10 starting in 2008) serial number where the first four digits correspond to the year of production (2004xxxxx = 2004, 2007xxxxx = 2007), many 2004xxxx serial numbers have been observed, so there is probably not a large number for 8 digit JS30xx guitars with 04xxxxxx serials (it is possible the 04xxxxxx marked JS30xx are prototype guitars and normal production JS30xx started with 2004xxxxx serials). At the beginning of 2008 a 10th digit was added to the normal MII 9 digit serial scheme (2008xxxxxx = 2008).
#8
I have read on many websites that JS series is made in India. I have Jackson JS23 & the sticker on the back of headstock says it is Made In India. Also, serial number on mine has 7 digits. . .
Last edited by _ShreD_ at Apr 2, 2012,
#9
Yeah, some are or all are now I think, but if you read the info I posted some were made in Japan too.. It's according to the model, etc,.. Does your serial number start with a 9 though? I think if you read the post it says there are some with 7 digits that are made in India, but they have a different starting number or something. I don't have it handy..
Tim
#10
How old is it? As far as I'm aware JS's have always been Indian.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.