In praise of: Jackson Randy Rhoads

None more pointy
None more pointy

As well as cementing his name as one of the great metal guitarists of all time during his all-too-brief stint with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads propelled Jackson guitars into the mainstream.

Back in 1978, luthier Grover Jackson had just bought the Charvel brand when Randy requested a new V-style axe. Jackson´s resultant instrument - produced with Charvel´s Tim Wilson and Mike Shannon - was an asymmetrical V shape with a maple neck-through-body design, ebony fretboard, Strat-style vibrato and Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

Rhoads dubbed it the Concorde, and it became the first guitar to bear Jackson´s name, thus launching the brand.

Tragically, Randy was killed in a plane crash before the guitar was put into production

Jackson made several revisions to the original Randy Rhoads design before its release, most notably extending the guitar´s upper horn to differentiate it from the Flying V, but tragically, Randy was killed in a plane crash before the guitar was put into production.

The model has lived on in various guises, including the space-age Roswell Rhoads, with just about every big name in metal wielding one at some point - and, thanks to Randy, the same can be said for Grover Jackson´s guitars in general.

Jackson Randy Rhoads timeline

1980

Randy Rhoads commissions Grover Jackson to build him a guitar

1982

Randy passes away in a private plane crash in Florida, aged 25

1983

The Jackson Randy Rhoads model is put into production

1984

Jackson offers a Rhoads model to KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent

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