Jackson X-series Marty Friedman MF-1 Signature
The go-faster option
Isn’t Marty Friedman’s signature Jackson a lot pointier?
You’re thinking of the Jackson Kelly Marty Friedman signature model, as popularised by the shred genius when he was playing in Megadeth in the Rustinpeace era. That was a weaponised Exploreresque model with the traditional Jackson headstock. This spearhead headstock is similarly lethal and the white bevels are a bold touch, but this is a more reserved shred machine.
What’s so special about it?
We love the understated design – it’s a neat twist on Jackson’s Monarkh range – but what’s really great about this X-series is that it takes Jackson’s supreme playability and allies it to a hugely versatile tone, subtle when required but capable of harmonically rich rock and metal tones. Those new EMG signature pickups are great, too.
Tell us more…
Well, they’re a passive set of humbucking pickups, custom-wound with an Alnico-5 magnet, and they are, as Marty himself says, “his sound”. They’re hot, dynamic, and have plenty of clarity. To have these EMGS at this price point is great value.