Phil Collen – Guitar Blog #5 - Jackson PC Supreme

08/15/2014 - 18:13

Jackson PC Supreme - See more photos HERE

From Phil's blog....I've used 3 different Jackson PC Supremes on this tour so I thought I'd blog about them in one shot as I've been interchanging them throughout the tour. They all have FU-TONE titanium bridge and saddles and what looks like two Dimarzio humbucker pickups but these have a different setup on the neck pickup position. 


These guitars have no middle pickups but they do have a DiMarzio Super 3 in the bridge position and an HS 2 crammed up next to the Jackson driver/sustainer pickup giving the appearance and sound of a full blown humbucker with the driver and dimarzio working in conjunction when the sustainer is switched off. Are you still following me on this? So you can have the usual sustain and feedback on the bridge pickup or a lovely creamy humbucker tone when switched to the neck position.

 

The difference between these guitars are mainly that the black one ('Dorian' which is actually a glitter grey/red color) has an ebony fingerboard and a 24 and three quarter inch scale neck-this one being an experimental prototype. It's neck is very chunky but tiny compared to the other two guitars. They all have the D'Addario 13-54 Guage strings on but because of the neck circumference it feels like you're playing light gauge strings. This guitar is the most even sounding one of the 3 and you can hear it on 'It's All About Believing'; lead, rhythm, and solo on the Mirror Ball album; and on the upcoming Delta Deep album on the song "Miss Me". It's the call and response vocal guitar outro with Debbi Blackwell-Cook. 

 

For the first week of the tour I used the red supreme (Redneck). it has the fattest neck of any guitar I've ever played it's over an inch radius at the twelfth fret. It has a mahogany body with a red maple top and an oil finish. The fingerboard is maple with a face on the first fret that is based on the pendant I sometimes wear around my neck, a Mayan mask that was given to me in Mexico. 

 

The third Supreme I play on tour is almost identical to the red one but has a koa body and maple top with a natural satin finish. This one is called 'Maya'. The reason for the face mask on the first fret is a tribute to Pablo Santana, formerly a master builder at Jackson Guitars and the man who built the guitars. I originally gave Pablo 5 photos of 5 different classic guitars and said I want a guitar that looks like these but doesn't look like any of them-a very bizarre request. But 2 weeks later Pablo said, "I've got something to show you." and it was the first Supreme prototype (pictured below as well), my blue one that lives in London. You can see and hear Maya on the 'Viva Hysteria' dvd on the tracks 'Don't Shoot Shotgun' and 'Run Riot'. 

 

I play the Jackson PC Supreme on 'Hysteria' and 'Rocket' on this tour.