by Jef | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Jackson Pro Series Limited Edition San Dimas SD22 JB

Jackson Pro Series Limited Edition San Dimas SD22 JB  ·  Source: Jackson


If you’re like me and grew up in the ’80s, then you may remember a red guitar played by a certain Jack Butler in the film Crossroads. The cuttin’ heads scene with Steve Vai as the devil’s guitar player was the climax of the guitar orientated fit! Well, guess what? Now you can own the same guitar, and you don’t even have to sell your soul to the Devil!


Cuttin Heads!

This new Jackson Pro Series Limited Edition San Dimas SD22 JB is based on the iconic axe from the ’80s film Crossroads. The film follows its main characters as they search for a missing Robert Johnson song. The climax of the movie is when Jack ‘Steve Vai’ Butler uses his Jackson to ‘duel’ with the young Ralph ‘Karate Kid’ Macchio. The scene ends with Macchio wiping the floor with poor old Jack by getting all classical on his ass!

Jackson Pro Series Limited Edition San Dimas SD22 JB

Jack Butler’s weapon of choice

Jackson Pro Series Limited Edition San Dimas SD22 JB

This is one sweet guitar and comes in an appropriate red sparkle finish. When we first saw Vai playing for the devil back in 1986, everyone was lusting for one. And now, 34 years later, it’s finally here!

The guitar has an alder body, a bolt-on maple neck with a scarf joint and graphite reinforcement, and a lovely smooth hand-rubbed satin urethane finish on the back. So you can riff easily for the devil at maximum speed. It comes loaded with a pair of direct mount humbuckers with a DiMarzio Super Distortion DP100 in the bridge and a DiMarzio PAF Pro DP151 in the neck. A top-mount Floyd Rose 1000 Series double-locking tremolo makes sure that you can dive-bomb for your life, if the occasion calls for it.


If you haven’t seen this classic ’80s film, you may not understand why this guitar is so freakin’ cool. But all the old gits like myself know the score. We grew up on VHS tape and wore them out trying to figure out those riffs and solos.

Follow the link below for more information on this legendary guitar.

RRP – USD 1299.99

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10 responses to “Jackson release epic Steve Vai Crossroads guitar – Time to cut heads!”

  1. Ugo says:

    Steve Vai really can’t play bad. While you can spot immediately Ralph Macchio’s fake playing, you can spot immediatelly when Vai starts to fake play bad 🙂

    • Jef says:

      Yeah, but you have to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the guitar duel. And there is no harmonising of the classical part during the solos climax, oh no. It is all real and you just need to go down to the crossroads to prove it. Don’t forget your mojo!

  2. Sean Stevens says:

    Let’s that bit from Paganini’s 5th Caprice lol

  3. Mark Bresky says:

    The guitar was a Charvel. Not a Jackson. Not hard to fix that if you want a true Crossroads guitar

  4. Never get tired of seeing that. One of the great slide guitar players, Ry Cooder, played Ralph’s slide parts.

  5. Jef says:

    What I love about the comments about this guitar is that we are all guitar geeks and the love for this shiny red ’80s shredder still shines after 34 years! You lot rock!

  6. Ry Cooder on all the blues parts and Vai plays both sides when it comes to the classical parts.

  7. And the real crossroads guitar is a mile away from my house in Biloxi Mississippi

  8. Jon Vecellio says:

    This isn’t the first time that Jackson has put out an ‘official’ Jack Butler guitar. About 5 years ago, the Jackson USA Custom Shop did a 5, yes FIVE, guitar run of this instrument but with different pickups(they used an Duncan SH-1n & a Duncan TB-4). Price was $3000.

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