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Guitar Maestro Jeff Loomis Joins Jackson Family

By Sara Norton

December 10, 2018

Photo by Alfonso Dávila Lucio

Guitar genius Jeff Loomis of Nevermore and Arch Enemy is bringing his searing talent to the Jackson artist roster.

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be working with Jackson guitars on many upcoming projects,” Loomis said. “We are underway designing a Jeff Loomis signature model that will be unveiled at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.”

Emulating the brisk fretwork of his guitar idols, Loomis first burst on the music scene in his home state of Wisconsin as a teenager. After being crowned the winner of a Guitar Wars competition and a battle of the bands with his first band, Fear-Tech, Loomis landed an audition with Megadeth. Then only 16 years old, he was deemed too young to join, and instead went on to craft a complex playing style all his own.

Loomis has since seared his mark on multiple subgenres of metal with his distinctive rhythmic style, smooth technique and breakneck speed. His uncommon guitar style and sharp songwriting prowess became central to Seattle-based progressive metal band Nevermore’s sound, as heard on acclaimed albums Dead Heart in a Dead World and This Godless Endeavor.

Loomis said his connection with Jackson dates all the way back to the early ’90s and his earliest days with Nevermore.

“I started playing Jackson guitars early on in my youth and in the early stages of my first band, Nevermore,” Loomis said. “To be able to work with their excellent staff of amazing luthiers and craftsman on a one-to-one basis now is really a dream come true.”

After departing Nevermore, Loomis released two solo albums bursting with intricate fretboard action and soaring solos. Now, as guitarist for world-renowned Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy, he adds brute force to his masterful and complex playing, and he continues to build on his legacy with truly astonishing riffs.

Loomis’s spellbinding playing is heard on the latest Arch Enemy release Will to Power, which the band is now touring behind through mid 2019.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Jackson.

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