One of the last things Randy Rhoads did before that tragic plane crash was collaborate with Grover Jackson on a radical new ‘V’. With eight variants now on Jackson’s books, we hope he’s getting the royalties up there.
While not strictly a V, the RR24 is arguably the most iconic metal axe ever. Spec’ed somewhere between the US and entry-level models, there’s plenty going on beneath the surface here; from the offset alder body and two-octave maple thru-neck, to the double-locking Floyd Rose vibrato and active EMG81 humbucker.
Don’t like the colour scheme? There’s a white version available too.
Jacksons are rightly revered for their speed, and the RR24 won’t do that reputation any harm thanks to a compound 14 to 16-inch radius board that flattens as you climb the frets. Physically, you’ll get far more out of the RR24 when you throw shred techniques at it; this baby excels at neo-classical, finger-twisting riffs and tapped solos.
The RR24’s one pickup configuration and lack of tone control means it ain’t exactly adaptable. The EMG81 is a stellar pickup, but it doesn’t really do mellow. You’ll find yourself doodling with the amp dials if you want anything approaching warmth. But stop complaining, hit the gain and start soloing, and you’ll realise that you can’t beat the 81 for pin-sharp clarity under serious filth.
This is a shred guitar. Use it for shredding and you can’t go wrong.
Pros: Iconic styling and seething tone.
Cons: Limited tweaking potential.
BUY: Jackson RR24 currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann and PMT Online