In praise of: Jackson Randy Rhoads

The signature that launched a crazy train of events

Jackson Randy Rhoads
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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


Randy Rhoads commissions Grover Jackson to build him a guitar


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


The Jackson Randy Rhoads model is put into production


Jackson offers a Rhoads model to KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent

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