This was an interesting project. A customer here in the LA area is a big fan of Randy Rhodes, and he wanted an exact replica of Randy’s famous custom Polka Dot Flying V guitar. The original instrument was made in Ibanez’ Custom Shop, where my friend, luthier Mike Lipe, worked at the time. Mike works independently now, and he took on the job of building the replica. He subcontracted the neck structure and the body blanks to me. I made up a special thru-neck style neck blank, with the radical headstock and an ebony fingerboard. It took a large block of maple, and I had to offset the centerline of the neck in the block to allow material for the “spearpoint” headstock. That thing is dangerous!! Much of the layout work had to be done by eyeball from photographs. I also roughed out the mahogany wings for the body and indexed them to the neck’s spine with dowel pins.
It was a complex project, but it all came out well. Mike shaped the neck and finished up the body before sending it to Pat Wilkins to be painted. I haven’t seen the finished guitar yet, but it should be a beauty, and it’ll probably be better sounding than the original. Most of the construction details and the structural fit are better than what Ibanez used at the time.
Randy Rhoads “Harpoon” Polka Dot Flying V Miniature Guitar Replica Collectible
This collectible miniature guitar replica was hand-crafted after the legendary Ozzy guitarist Randy Rhoads. Randy is known as one of the greatest contemporary heavy metal guitarists.
This polka dot Flying V called the “Harpoon” is his most famous signature guitar.
The Jackson Rhoads V is an iconic model of electric guitar, originally commissioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars. Rhoads’ first Jackson prototype was the now immortalized white, pinstriped, asymmetrical Flying V built by Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon of Charvel Guitars.
As I mentioned in my last article, I’m a big fan of Randy Rhoads. I think it’s a mixture of things… his songs, his riffs, his guitar solos, his look and most importantly, his cool as sh!t guitars. I love all his guitars. I think I like the fact that apart from his cream Les Paul Custom, he designed and got custom made his own designs. That in itself is cool, but those guitars happened to become some of the most iconic heavy metal designs ever. So, along with being one of the most cutting edge guitar players of the early 80′s, he also had awesome taste in guitar design.
A guitar that I came obsessed with early on was Randy’s Sandoval Polka Dot Flying V (I’ll call it the PDV from now on.). The image of Randy hoisting that guitar on the Tribute album cover slayed me and I thought it was one of the coolest rock images ever.
The Jackson Randy Rhoads is an iconic model of electric guitar, originally commissioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars. Rhoads’ first Jackson prototype was the now immortalized 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 Randy Rhoads V was originally slated to be called The Original SIN, but Randy nicknamed it Concorde.
Karl Sandovalis known as a luthier. He’s famous for building Karl Sandoval polka dot flying V guitars, along with his work for George Lynch (Dokken) and Eddie Van Halen during the 1980s. Sandoval commenced his guitar career from doing the job at Fender in the 1970s. Then he shifted to doing work at Charvels Guitar Custom Shop in Covina, California, where luthier Wayne Charvel showed Sandoval the fundamentals of guitar repair and construction. He soon began his personal business repairing instruments in 1979 and is still in operation today.
Karl Sandoval Polka Dot Flying V is just probably the most well-known electric guitars in rock ‘n roll, ever. The Karl Sandoval polka dot Flying V was built for Randy Rhoads in 1979, just prior to his leaving Quiet Riot to join Ozzy Osbourne. The flying V proceeded to become a rock ‘n roll icon identifying Randys style and innovative guitar performing. It is Randy Rhoads’ most favored guitar, because Randy designed it himself when discussing the custom building it with Karl Sandoval. I don’t think it’s necessary to talk about the specs of it because it’s been repeated hundreds of times.
One of the most unique guitars designs ever is Randy Rhoads’ Polka Dot flying V. So inquiring minds want to know: Where did this guitar come from? Who made it? Well, we decided we’d dig around and see what we could find out. Most of the info is from this great article from someone who interviewed Karl and spoke with Kevin Dubrow, lead singer of quiet Riot,
This GMW Rock Replica Randy Rhoads polka dot V guitar features neck-thru-body construction with a quartersawn maple center blank and alder sides. The 21 fret, 25 1/2″ scale rosewood fingerboard has pearl bowtie inlays, 6150 medium jumbo fretwire and a 1 5/8″ wide nut width (R2). The guitar uses an original Floyd Rose tremolo, Schaller M6 mini tuners, chrome metal pickup mounting rings and DiMarzio solid creme PAF (DP-103) and Super Distortion (DP-100F) pickups. A custom made G & G Quality Case (form-fitted, black plush, black tolex) is included. You may substitute black pickup mounting rings and/or black barrel knobs for no additional cost.
Randy Rhoads Jackson Guitar.On September 28th, 2005 @ CSUN in Northridge, Ca. Ms. Rhoads made available to the public a viewing of Randy’s Pinstripe V. I rolled down there with my video camera. Randy’s guitar was there on display behind glass for about 2 weeks. This was to coincide with CSUN opening a new muscial wing which also included a museum type setting that has old instruments of all sorts dating back to the 1700′s. This was also the day the names for that years RR musical classical guitar scholarships were announced. After the formal ceremonies were done outisde on the lawn,an Ozzy band played Crazy Train in honor of Randy Rhoads. Then everyone moved into the new wing devoted for music in the huge Cal State library. This was the first Jackson guitar made, 1980-81. Randy Rhoads was the guitar player for Ozzy Osbourne’s “BLIZZARD OF OZZ” band & founder/former member of LA rock band Quiet Riot. Randy Rhoads – One of the best musical/metal guitarists to ever live. Gd Bless Randy & The Rhoads family. Filmed by Jeff Brent – RHOADS TO OZZ
The Jackson Randy Rhoads V is an iconic model of electric guitar, originally commissioned by guitarist Randy Rhoads and produced by Jackson Guitars. Rhoads’ first Jackson prototype was the now immortalized 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.