Jackson King V Student


This is the first Jackson King V ever logged. The history of the Jackson King V model is interesting. King V evolved from a design called Double Rhoads. It was originally designed by Dave Linsk of Overkill. He wanted a Rhoads model but with two long wings instead of the regular offset design. When his guitar was in production it's rumoured that Robbin Crosby of RATT saw it at the Custom Shop and wanted a similar guitar. Jackson built him two - one red and one black. Later on he also got his white Double Rhoads. RATT was one of the biggest bands of the 80s and Robbin made the new body shape famous. Only circa 10 Double Rhoads guitars were made before it was redesigned to have smaller wings. This new King V model was named after Robbin's nickname "King". That takes us to this guitar - J0446, the first official King V. The stats of the first 50 KVs show the RATT influence: 50% were red, 20% black and another 10% white.

I bought this guitar from Robert Witte. When Robert got it the guitar had been oversprayed blue. I told Robert that I would try and restore the guitar cause there is a chance that the overspray can be removed. Prior to shipping the guitar to me, Robert gently removed some paint from the headstock area to uncover a shiny original Silver Metal Flake finish. Two weeks later I received the guitar and when I held it for the first time I noticed that the neck shape was thinner than normal for a 1985 Jackson. After a closer examination I realized that the neck had been sanded thinner prior the refinish. This caused a problem cause now the guitar could not be totally restored. I basically had two options - to go for a complete refinish or rescue the original paint and leave the neck natural. Since the original paint was so cool and I've never seen an oil-neck KV, I decided to go for the second option. I started the work myself by removing the overspray by pressing gently on the edges with a screw driver and then removing the rest with nail polish remover. The cleaning process was slow but the results were good. After having cleaned the top side of the guitar I decided to take it to Rauno Härönen - a great guitar luthier from Oulu. I told Rauno I wanted the rest of the overspray removed and the neck sanded to a Jackson shape. I explained that I wanted the neck joint to be done like on my Dan Spitz rhoads. The work took a little over a month to complete but it was a complete success. The original paint was unharmed and the neck came out perfect.

This guitar features a rare one-piece neck construction where only the tip of the headstock is clued on from different piece. The earliest neck-thru Jackson had a three-piece construction which later on changed to the current scarf-joint neck. For a short period of time in 1985 they made the necks from one piece of wood. The body is made of alder and is very lightweight delivering a bright and dynamic sound with lots of resonance.

Huge thanks to Robert!