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Jackson Humbuckers Catalog
Jackson pickups catalog
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  • basic info on jackson p-ups, such as;
    • how they were made
    • how to identify em
    • difference between USA/import models
    • etc

Very early Jackson pickups (-'84)Edit

One early set of factory pickups were made either as custom pickups, or before the foil decals were delivered. The pickups were labeled "Neck" and "Distortion" in a handwriting often seen in the factory logs. These tapes were applied before potting and were protected with wax.

JacksonPU early front
Front
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JacksonPU early back
Back
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USA production models ('80s-)Edit

By very late 1984 Jackson had began manufacturing their own brand of pickups in-house. By late 1986 Jackson expanded the pickup line to include high output pickups and low impedance circuits both in their guitars and available as replacement. If not all, most of these were designed by a engneer by the name of Paul Gagon.

The initial models were the J-100 single coil and J-50 humbuckers (J-50B for bridge and J50-N for neck positions). From the top these pickups were identifiable by their black pole pieces and adjustable screws. Underneath they had a foil "Jackson Pickups, Made in USA" sticker applied to the bottom before potting. Sometimes it just says "Jackson Pickups" and "Made in USA" part is missing.

JacksonPU USA J90C
"Jackson Pickups, Made in USA"
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JacksonPU USA alt
Just "Jackson Pickups"
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Japanese production models (late '80s - '90s)Edit

JacksonPU Japan DJ50B back
Japanese made "D"J-50B
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From the late 80's import Charvel/Jackson started using different kind of pickups. From the top these pickups were identifiable by "Jackson" logo, along with their black pole pieces and adjustable screws. They don't state "Made in USA" anywhere anymore, thus it is safe to assume these were made in Japanese factory somewhere, possibly by Gotoh Pickups.

On foil decal prints of these pickups, often "D" were added handwritten to their model numbers, so that J-80 would be DJ-80 and such. Some say the "D" stands for "(Seymour) Duncan" since these pickups' wires use the same color-code as Duncan, but meaning for this is unknown. Sometimes these model numbers were completely handwritten also. "9.8", "10.2", "10.8" and such numbers attached below model numbers indicate pole piece pitch distance in millimeters. These translate as following;

Millimeters Inches
Each stringLow E to high ELow E to high E
9.849.01.930"
10.251.02.000"
10.854.02.125"

In mid '90s pickups with Gotoh Pickups' emboss on their base plate on the back, start appering.

JacksonPU Japan Gotoh J50N
J-50N with Gotoh emboss
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'00s eraEdit

CVR2 covered passive pickups and such, used for made in India JS series.

List of Jackson pickupsEdit

Jackson Pickups
Humbuckers

Alnico magnet · J-50N · J-50B · J-80 · J-85 · J-90 · J-95 · Ceramic magnet · J-50BC · J-80C · J-90C

Singlecoil · J-100 · J-200

Bass models · J-20 · J-40 · J-150

Curcuits · JE-1000 · JE-1200 · JE-1500 · JE-2000

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