PRESS RELEASE: Following the recent announcement by venerable acoustic guitar maker and iconic American brand C.F. Martin to cease putting “Made in the USA” on their products, GJ2 Guitars by Grover Jackson that have previously been marked “made in USA” will, with immediate effect, be marked “Made on Planet Earth by Grover Jackson”.
Since its formation in 2011, the California-based, boutique guitar manufacturer has proudly built fine guitars at its Orange County facility. Every USA GJ2 guitar is built from scratch, including all of the wooden parts, inlays and much of the hardware, which is normally bought by most companies from outside vendors. It is inevitable, however, that some components, or the material with which to fabricate them, can only be sourced offshore. Sadly, this negates the right of any manufacturer to declare “Made in USA” because the threat of high, punitive fines is not something that any company, especially a relatively small start-up like GJ2, can risk.
“While we think this situation is ridiculous, we cannot risk contravening the laws of the land,” stated GJ2 CEO Jon Gold. “We will continue to make as much as we can at our facility using the best quality materials and working practices available. Consumers and dealers can be assured that nothing, aside from the wording on the headstock, has changed”.
“I just want to build the best guitars that I can,” said Grover Jackson. “If I could buy USA-grown mahogany, I would. But that just isn’t possible. We will continue to source what we can from U.S. suppliers and all our designs and ideas are 100% home-grown!”
About GJ2 Guitars
Founded in 2011 by Grover Jackson (formerly of Jackson Guitars and Jackson/Charvel fame) and Jon Gold (former Sr. VP International Sales for Fender), GJ2 Guitars manufactures superior-quality electric guitars from its facility in Laguna Hills, California. The company designs and performs all its own wood-crafting and creates nearly all of its instrument components for its USA models in-house, including their “Habanero” brand pickups. Only the best woods and materials are used. Great attention is paid to playability, tone, and build quality. Grover Jackson personally oversees the production of each USA made instrument.