Jackson Randy Rhoads
|Jackson Randy Rhoads|
|Period||1981 - present|
|Neck joint||Neck-thru and bolt-on|
|Body||Different, often alder|
|Neck||Different, often maple|
|Fretboard||Different, often ebony|
|Bridge||Fixed, Floyd Rose tremolo or tune-o-matic|
|Pickup(s)||1 or 2 humbuckers|
|Various, including custom finish graphics|
The Jackson Randy Rhoads is a model of electric guitar, originally commissioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars. Rhoads' first Jackson prototype was the white, pinstriped, asymmetrical Flying V built by Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon of Charvel Guitars. The guitar featured a maple neck and body (neck through body), ebony fretboard, medium frets, Stratocaster style tremolo, and Seymour Duncan pickups. The prototype was the first from the Charvel works to be labeled with Jackson's name.
The guitar was originally slated to be called The Original SIN, but Randy nicknamed it Concorde. after the sleek, white supersonic aircraft Randy re-designed the next prototype because he felt the shape of the 'Concorde' was not distinctive enough from the traditional Flying V. His solution was to elongate the top 'horn' of the instrument such that the body bore more resemblance to a shark's fin. The second prototype featured the revised body shape, was black with a gold pickguard, and fixed tailpiece with strings anchored in the body.
The guitar featured Grover locking tuners and Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups (TB-4 bridge and a SH-2 neck). Two more prototypes were commissioned (four in total), another string through body example (later accidentally sold at NAMM) and another black and brass tremolo model with reversed shark fin inlays. Rhoads was killed in a plane crash before the second two guitars were completed, and before he could give Grover any feedback. These revised prototypes would become the first guitars sold to the public under the Jackson Guitars brand name. The ensuing popularity of the Randy Rhoads model put Jackson's name on the map.
Vinnie Vincent, formerly of Kiss, was the first professional guitarist to be offered an early Rhoads guitar by Jackson after Rhoads' death, which Vincent used on the Kiss Creatures of the Night and Lick It Up tours from 1982 until 1984. Following Vincent's departure from Kiss, he modified the Rhoads V design by adding a second V at a slight rotation to the first such that it mimics a shadow. Jackson made at least 3 of these Vincent modified Rhoads Vs from 1985 to 1988 for Vincent, and about 25 others were custom ordered and sold. The design would later be copied by Carvin, Ibanez and Washburn Guitars, all for Vinnie Vincent.
In 2001, guitarists Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala (of Children of Bodom and Sinergy) had their own custom Randy Rhoads, which featured alder bodies, neck-thru construction, 24 frets, ebony fretboard, white binding, and gold hardware including an original Floyd Rose tremolo bridge. The electronics were the Jackson J-50BC pickup with JE-1000 preamp. The model was called the Jackson Randy Rhoads L/L (L/L for Latvala/Laiho). There were several different finishes, notably Laiho's which was black w/yellow bevels and gold hardware, and Latvala's main Rhoads was black with inverted cross inlays. You can see them playing these guitars in some of their earlier videos during their stint with Sinergy (Alexi & Roope), Stone (Roope), and in the Children of Bodom video(s): Everytime I Die, Deadnight Warrior and in Laiho's old Young Guitar videos during the Follow the Reaper and Hate Crew Death Roll era(s). Jackson released a limited amount of Jackson rr24 in the popular black with yellow bevels finish, but, was discontinued after a short time.
Other noted users include:
- Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) and (Quiet Riot)
- Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.) - Early adopter, Alexi Laiho's model and the RR24 were based on his own custom, single pickup design.
- Marty Friedman (Megadeth) - more commonly associated with Jackson's Kelly model
- Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
- Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
- Matthew Tuck (Bullet for My Valentine)
- Mille Petrozza (Kreator)
- Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
- Matt Drake (Evile)
- Galder (Old Man's Child and Dimmu Borgir)
- Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir)
- Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
- Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom and Stone)
- Phil Campbell (Motörhead)
- Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
- Scott Ian (Anthrax, Stormtroopers Of Death)- Used in the studio, occasionally used live throughout the years.
- Dan Spitz (Anthrax)
- Enrik Garcia (Dark Moor)
- Kevin Bond (Superjoint Ritual)
- Sam Totman (Dragonforce)
- Daron Malakian (System of a Down) - used only in the studio
- Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren (Opeth) - used on Orchid, Morningrise, and My Arms, Your Hearse
- Samoth (Emperor and Zyklon)
- Kristian Ranta (Norther)
- Hamish Glencross (My Dying Bride)
- Pat O'Brien (Cannibal Corpse)
- Jason Gobel (Cynic)
- Oscar Dronjak (HammerFall)
- Matt Bellamy (Muse) - used for one show to play Stockholm Syndrome before throwing it into the crowd
- Michael Sweet (Stryper)
- Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
- Ashmedi (Melechesh)
- Christian Muenzner (Obscura)
- Robbin Crosby (Ratt)
- Christian Andreu (Gojira)
- Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
- Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit)
- Alapeno (HellGoat and BigIron)
- Jamie Deadcold Metalheart Dumas (Frostbitten) and (North Hell)
Jackson currently has 12 different Randy Rhoads models in production. Previous models included the aluminum bodied 'Roswell Rhoads' with crop circle inlays.
USA Select Series
The basic model in the USA Select Series is the RR1. The RR1 is made of alder with a maple neck-thru design neck. The ebony fretboard has 22 jumbo frets. The RR1 is equipped with two Seymour Duncan humbuckers and a Floyd Rose original 2 point double locking tremolo at the bridge. The RR1 has four variations:
- RR1 : The standard Randy Rhoads USA guitar
- RR1T: The RR1 with an adjustable string-through-body bridge
- RR1 Left-Handed: Left Handed version of the RR1
- RR1T Left-Handed: Left Handed version of the RR1T
- RR2 : Bolt on neck, USA made, Jackson JT580LP bridge, pickup Kent Armstrong JJB-0 bridge, JP-11 neck. (produced 1996-1997)
The Pro series is the mid-market Randy Rhoads series. RR3, RR5, RR5FR, RR24, and RR24M were made in Japan. Newer models are made in Indonesia.
- RR3: RR3 has an alder body and a bolt-on maple neck with 22 jumbo frets on a rosewood fretboard. This model has Seymour Duncan humbuckers in neck and bridge, and a Floyd Rose Licensed Jackson low-profile double-locking tremolo. During 2007, a limited run of 100 were made in ivory (white) with black pinstripes, similar to the finish found on RR5 in ivory. The limited run of RR3 features Duncan Designed humbuckers and String-thru body.
- RR5: RR5 has an alder body and a maple neck. The main difference between RR5 and RR3 is a set-neck for RR5 vs a bolt-on neck for RR3. RR5 also features gold hardware, Seymour Duncan humbucker pickups, and a String-thru body.
- RR5FR: RR5FR is mostly the same as RR5 except it has a Floyd Rose FRT-O2000 tremolo bridge, black hardware (as opposed to gold), and is available in black, ivory, and pink pearl finishes.
- RR24: RR24 has an alder body and a maple neck with an ebony fretboard. This model differs from RR3 and RR5 in that it is a 24 fret guitar. It has a neck-thru body construction and Original Floyd Rose tremolo. This model is fitted with only one pickup (EMG 81) in the bridge position and a single volume control. This model is also available in custom colors. DISCONTINUED
- RR24M: RR24M is mostly the same as RR24, but it has a maple fretboard as opposed to the traditional ebony fretboard. DISCONTINUED
- RRMG: RRMG has an ebony fretboard on a maple neck, 22 jumbo frets, a Jackson speed neck, a Floyd Rose® Special Double Locking 2-Point Tremolo, an EMG 81 and an EMG 89. The pickups are direct mounted.
- RRTMG: RRTMG is mostly the same as RRMG except it has a String-thru body (no Floyd Rose tremolo). T stands for "Thru" models.
Pro Series Artist Signature
- Kevin Bond Signature: This model has a mahogany neck-thru body and 22 jumbo frets. It is fitted with a Seymour Duncan "Iommi" humbucker, and adjustable string-through-body Schaller fine-tuning tailpiece. The Jackson logo is blood red. DISCONTINUED
- Matt Tuck Signature; This model has an alder neck-thru body and maple neck (with scarf joint head stock), and 22 jumbo frets. It is fitted with an EMG 81 humbucker at the bridge, and EMG 85 humbucker at the neck. The bridge is a JT390 adjustable string-through-body type with Sperzel locking die-cast tuners. This is the only current model with a reversed headstock. DISCONTINUED
The X series RX10D has an alder body with a maple bolt-on neck. The Rosewood fingerboard has 22 frets, and pickups are both Seymour Duncan Designed humbuckers. The bridge is a Jackson double locking tremolo unit.
The Jackson X Series also offers the Jackson RRXT. It has a basswood body with a Through-Body Maple Speed Neck with Tilt-Back Scarf. Pickups: Duncan Designed™ HB-102B Humbucking Bridge Pickup and Duncan Designed™ HB-102N Humbucking Neck Pickup .
Recently (2012) Jackson released a new type of Randy Rhoads. The RRXMG. This guitar held the original Rhoads shape and was rumoured that it was a replacement for the RR24. It has 2 colour choices. Black or white with black pinstripes. The guitar is built from basswood, maple and with 24 XJ (jumbo)frets on a Rosewood fingerboard. It has 2 EMG pickups: An EMG 81 and an EMG 85.
The JS30RR is from the entry level group that is made in India. The body is Indian cedro, and has a bolt-on maple neck. It is fitted with two Jackson pickups and an adjustable string-through-body bridge, and the rosewood fretboard has 24 frets. This model was available with a Floyd Rose tremolo as the JS35RR, but was discontinued in 2000. The current JS series offering is the JS32T Rhoads. It's similar to the original JS30RR, with the addition of shark fin inlays on the fretboard. it also had the JS35RR which was an upgraded version of the standard JS30RR
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