Jakko Jakszyk on his greatest gear finds – including a Gibson ES-150D that piqued Robert Fripp's interest

Jakko Jakszyk
(Image credit: Future / Tina Korhonen)

Jakko Jakszyk is many things. He has enjoyed a storied career playing with the likes of Kings of Oblivion, The Lodge, Level 42 and more, and as a prolific solo artist. He is also an actor, a comedian, and a documentarian whose work has been broadcast on the BBC. 

Since 2013, he has fronted King Crimson – a band he had been well-placed to join having familiarised himself with their catalogue playing in 21st Century Schizoid Band. But the through line in Jakszyk's portfolio is his sense of curiosity, creativity, and the electric guitar.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.