Jackson ‘Strat’ USA Custom Shop Black Cherry 1987 Electric Guitar

$ 2368.94

Here for sale we have a Jackson USA Custom Shop Strat Body in Black Cherry finish. Built in the USA in 1987 during Jackson’s heyday in San Dimas as an independent manufacturer of American made instruments. This instrument features a bolt-on construction comprising a Poplar body, Hard Rock Maple neck and 22 fret Rosewood fingerboard. The hardware is black, and includes a Kahler 2300 series Tremolo bridge, locking nut and Jackson tuning machines. The pickups are Jackson J-100 single coils, and are wired to a master volume, Active/Passive EQ switch, individual pickup switches and a 3-band EQ.

The Maple neck plays exceptionally well, with a flat and thin profile that feels fluid in the hand and lends itself well to more technical styles of playing. Paired with the 17″ fingerboard radius and Jumbo frets, the neck feels razor sharp and articulate in all registers, making fretting a fast and easy affair. The familiar Strat Body design feels great in the arms, with generous body contouring ensuring comfort in both standing and seated positions, as well as ample fret access in the upper register. 

The trio of J-1200 single coil pickups offer a versatile range of tones, with anything from bell-like, shimmery clean tones available, right through well as harmonically saturated distortion sounds. The control layout on this guitar offers the opportunity to combine the pickups in any configuration thanks to the individual pickups switches. The active/passive EQ switch engages the aftermarket 3-band EQ circuit installed by JayDee Electronics, giving you tone shaping-capabilities right on your guitar.

Brand – Jackson

Model – Strat Body

Finish – Black Cherry

Year – 1987

Made In – USA

Body – Poplar

Neck – Hard Rock Maple

Fingerboard – Rosewood

Fingerboard Radius – 17″

Frets – 22 Jumbo

Scale Length- 25.5″

Nut Width – 1.7″

Pickups – 3x Jackson J100

Controls – Active/Passive EQ Switch, Pickup Switches (On/Off per pickup), Master Volume, 3-Band Parametric EQ (Bass/Mid/Treble)

Luthier Report

Our ID: 1150723014451

Weight: 9lbs

Serial Number: 1945

Aesthetic Condition:

Headstock: Overall excellent condition, the tip of the headstock demonstrates light scuffing. The front face presents light yet consistent scratching, as is common with gloss finish. Considering its age, this instrument appears to have been meticulously maintained and only gently played. 

Neck: Overall excellent condition, the rear of the neck presents very light discolouration behind the early frets. The fingerboard demonstrates very light markings.

Body: Overall very good condition, a chip to the edge of the bass side lower bout has been touched up to a high standard, but can still be seen in most light and felt with the finger. This is not visible from the front face of the instrument. The rear face demonstrates light buckle rash, particularly towards the control cavity. Otherwise, all aspects of the body demonstrate light yet consistent scratching, visible only at certain angles.

Condition of Frets:

The frets demonstrate moderate signs of use, not affecting playability. There is moderate material remaining for any light fret work the new owner may wish to perform.

Current Set Up:

Truss Rod Condition: Fully functional & can be adjusted

Hardware Condition: Fully functional with light signs of wear

Structural Condition: No concerns or issues to note

Height of the string from the 12th Fret- Treble 1.5mm – Bass 2mm

Please be aware that the action on a guitar may move slightly in transit and this measurement is the current height.

Strings on Guitar – 9-42

This guitar demonstrates mild fret noise which is not apparent when amplified. This noise does not affect sustain of notes, nor does it affect bending the notes. The new owner may choose to raise the action to alleviate this.


Full working order. Please note this guitar has had an aftermarket active EQ fitted to a very professional standard by JayDee Electronics, providing active boost, bass mid and treble EQ.

Case & Accessories:

Rectangular Jackson Case

Case shows light signs of use, with oxidation of latches. The case remains fully functional. Tremolo arm included. Truss rod tool (5/32″ hex) not included.

Please be aware that for international buyers import fees are not included in our postage and packaging cost, this only covers the cost of the guitar being sent to you. Import fees will be charged by Customs upon the guitar’s arrival in the recipient country. Due to Brexit, this also applies to EU buyers. We advise checking the total import cost with Customs as this is not information we are able to accurately provide.