Chris Broderick

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the interest in my guitars. They are in the production phase of the 6 strings so those should be out soon, as for the 7 we are working out the details of the Floyd low pro bridge (this will be the only 7 to have it) and it should be going into production runs any time now. For the record it will not have a barrel jack (I never liked them), it will have a Fender style jack plate on the side of the guitar that you can reverse if you like. Here is a list of specs on the guitar, I hope you guys like it.

Available to the public in a 7 and 6 string version exactly like the ones I play. I wanted this because first and foremost I primarily play and feel at home on the 7 string but play my 6 strings on stage with Megadeth.

Available at various price points. This makes a lot of sense because, some people might not need the extra features found on the USA custom but want some of the other features available, and this makes it possible. A 12″ radius neck. I have played with necks varying from perfectly flat (like my first classical guitar) to 10โ€ radius’ (Fender Strat) and feel that a 12โ€ radius is the most ergonomic, not only for the left hand but for picking as well (the strings feel like they have a little more separation).

Stainless steel frets. These are perfect for two handed tapping and other techniques as they don’t wear out and actually add a little sustain to the guitar.

Tall narrow frets. This allows for all the benefits of jumbo frets but also allows you to get your fingers in those tight areas above the 15th fret.

Quilt Maple binding. I am always a fan of natural woods and to use quilt maple as fretboard binding sets this guitar apart.

Ebony fret board. Being one of the most dense woods you can get for the fret board this adds sustain and punch to the guitar also you don’t have to use dye (like on rosewood) to get that black color.

Neck thru. I was not initially a fan of the neck thru however when Jackson sent me one of their Japanese Pro models to check out I was sold, the increase in sustain was all I needed to hear to convince me I wanted it on my guitars.

Reversed Jackson headstock with quilt top. I had always liked this headstock by Jackson and was a fan of reversed headstocks so this combination was the perfect combination, also it solved the problem with 6 or 7 in line reversed headstocks where the strings would ring out on the headstock side when playing.

Planet Waves auto trim locking tuners. These are my favorite tuners they are smooth, accurate, solid and trim the string for you (even 70 guage strings!!!).

Custom Dimarzio pickups (the Fundamental) that I designed after pickups that are great but with some eq tweaking to get more of the fundamental note to pop out. I’m excited to see what people think of these.

Custom placed 3 way switch, volume with pull single coil split, tone with pull tone knob engage, and Kill switch. I spent a lot of time on the placement of the controls to make sure you could palm mute the high E and still have easy access to it to them. The combination of the pull knobs add tonal options while keeping things clean and functional.

Quilt Maple top, Mahogany back. In my mind there is no better looking and tonal combination then the blend of these two woods, and with the colors solid black with natural binding, transparent black with natural binding, blood red with transparent black binding, and transparent white with transparent black binding these guitars should suit a lot of different tastes.

Custom body shape with upper and lower horn cut away. When I designed this I had two main concepts in mind, One is that the guitar would be very ergonomic and balanced, and Two that it would look like it were in motion. Both points were achieved with the asymmetrical body design and because of that the guitar seems to become an extension of myself when I am playing.

Take care, Chris

[Photo by Steph Cabral]

10 Responses to Chris Broderick Signature Series Jackson Guitar Specs

  • Dustin says:

    Looking nice Chris! Do you have any idea of a price range yet for when they become available to the general public? I’d definitely be interested in getting one A.S.A.P. to put next to my Dean VMNTX

  • Rock-balls says:

    First time when i saw your new guitar , i has thought , that your guitar looks sad.. Cause i don`t like fret board without markers and, however i like Jackson guitars , i don`t like Soloist..
    And i like classic Jackson headstock.. like in 80s.. you now ๐Ÿ˜‰
    But it`s just about appearance..
    Inner is very interesting and i agree with your choice))
    Maple+mahogany is one of hte best kind for guitar..
    I very like maple neck and maple fret board.. but realy , in my opinion, it`s will`t looks nice , with that guitar , in difference from ebony
    And what about your pickup`s output ?

    Respect for Floyd Rose , it is for man)
    Are you have some guitars , which differ from your guitar on stage?
    Maybe at home you play your Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster 1972 , or Gibson Gold Top with P-90 pickups? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sorry.. but its just very interesting talk about guitar with guitarplayer like you))
    In a fact i had thought (some years ago) then you are bad guy , and no one can play Megadeth solos like Marty.. I has tgought that you are only sher-machine.. but after 2 shows at Moscow (Hello from Russia ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    i realy has changed my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks

  • Kevin says:

    Nice one Chris! So there will be both USA and Japanese models I am guessing? Will the USA be only limited run or a contunied production model as I do nto have the money for it now, but later next year I will. And if there will be an MIJ I WILL have one by January or February whenever it comes out!!!!

  • Davis says:

    I was just wondering which 7guitar I should by when this came out! Thanks Chris!That’s one of the most elegant Jacksons ever created. By the way,will the production ones be made ine the US or Japan?

  • Tom says:

    Hi Chris,

    This guitar looks like a triumph on every level! Do you have the specs for the neck thickness at 1st and 12th fret?


  • Kyler says:

    Wow, that White model looks INCREDIBLE!

  • joe bloggs says:

    Hmmmm, sounds like there are compromises in some areas and benefits in others from what I can tell:

    – Ibanez wouldn’t give Chris ebony fretboards and only died rosewood ones black (a cheap and bad compromise, one I would find insulting if I was at Chris’ level)
    – Neck through guitars are unstable. My flatmate has owned a Carvin seven string neck through and esp horizon neck through, both ended up getting sold because they warp (that is just my flatmate alone). Kiko Louiero did the same and stopped using his ESP neck throughs because with all the travelling they just got messed up with the change in atmospherics. (Chris will find this out in no time I am certain)
    – The Jackson signature model uses a regular floyd, the Ibanez’s that Chris was using had ZR trems with ball bearings (an item he professed was his most favourite tremolo EVER and a better technology than knife edges).
    – The Jackson has added maple binding all around the body and neck. The more glue and extra pieces on a guitar = bad for resonance and sustain. Personally I think it is tacky on this guitar, they should have just left it to natural binding on the body and no more. (it has me wonder if this sig model has a maple veneer and not a proper cap, hence the binding hides the illusion…..)
    – The Jackson has a finished neck. Like with the glue, more paint = less resonance and less sound from the wood of the instrument
    – I can see where the shape on the new guitar is supposed to be contemporary, but I just don’t get that classic vibe. I think the Ibanez was much more elegant looking and the paint job looked less plastic, more natural.
    – With the sheer amount of maple on this guitar from the neck going through and the top (depending on whether it is a veneer or not) this could be a painfully bright guitar. On a neck through guitar, mahogany wings do not do much at all when contributing to the sound, especially if it has a decent maple top covering the whole thing too…….
    – A neck through guitar won’t be able to have a thin wizard profile neck or similar sort of low setup that a bolt on Ibanez would. (we are talking about MEGA low action and ease of playing)


    Ibanez – Better paint finish, tremolo, neck profile, construction (in regards to a balanced tone) and no unnecessary accoutrements. +5 However they (as a company) didn’t give Chris creative freedom on designing a signature guitar (Wes Borland left for the same reason) and didn’t give him something as simple as an ebony fretboard. -2

    Jackson – The exact opposite………..

  • Troy says:

    Hey Chris. Love the new guitar and the specs you had them made to. Unfortunately I can not find a single Jackson dealer that has one in stock let alone knows anything about the guitar. I contacted customer service at Jackson to get some help on where I might be able to play one before I decide to buy it and I was given the run around and eventually told to check out music zoo which I did who as well had nothing listed and nobody knew about the guitar. Sorry to have to ask you but all I want to do is put money in Jacksons hands for one of your guitars but can’t seam to find one to play to know if I want one. The only thing I question is if I am going to like the 12″radius. Any suggestions?

  • Cole says:

    Neck thickness on 12th and first? that would be stellar ; )

  • Alisson says:

    very beautiful
    the red is perfect