Well, I got Jackson Flying v Rhoads from a store, and it was set up pretty well. I raised the action I tiny bit and got it feeling the way I wanted it. There were no sharp frets, dead notes, or anything of that nature, which surprised me considering its a low end instrument. Very good Craftmanship here.
I play mostly Jackson Guitar Flying V, meaning a lot of 80’s shred, and more modern metal like Killswitch Engage, Bullet For My Valentine, and Some core style stuff like The Devil Wears Prada. I’ve found at least usable tones for all of these genres. I’ve also used it for rock like the white stripes. It is a very versatile guitar for the money. The pickups will most likely be replaced soon. I’m considering Seymour Duncan Livewires
I’m reviewing the new Jackson Guitar V. I got it free in an even trade for an old PRS SE I never use and didn’t want (so please don’t try to tell me what a bad deal I got). It has a 24 fret, bolt on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. It has the two stock Jackson humbuckers, with a three way switch, volume knob and tone knob. It is also string through body. It has the sharkfin inlays. Over all it looks like a metal beast =). I traded for it with a gig bag. I believe I got a good deal. I couldnt find what kind of wood it is made from, but I imagine it is some sort of alder.
Jackson V Guitars originated in 1980 when guitarist Randy Rhoads approached Charvel with an idea for an individualized guitar. The collaborative design effort between Rhoads, Grover Jackson, Tim Wilson, and Mike Shannon resulted in the creation of the Concorde, an innovative revamp of the traditional Flying V.
The Rhoads guitar model designs were such a departure from Charvel’s Stratocaster-based models that Grover elected to label them with his own name.
Throughout the heavy metal heyday of the 1980s, the Jackson brand was associated with high-quality, American-made, custom instruments, and was endorsed by many popular guitarists of the period. In addition to the original Randy Rhoads models, the 1980s spawned distinctively designed Jackson models such as the Soloist, King V, and Kelly, all of which remain icons of the brand.
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.
The King V is an electric guitar made by Jackson Guitars based on the Gibson Flying V. The Jackson Flying V Guitar was originally designed for Robbin Crosby of Ratt and he popularized the guitar throughout the 80s. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine eventually became the guitarist most identified with using this model. After creating a custom King V for Mustaine (completed October 10, 1986), the company later began mass-producing a Dave Mustaine Signature Series King V, which would become one of their best selling guitars. This line continued into the early 2000s, when it underwent massive changes and became the Y2KV, a guitar based much more heavily on the Gibson Flying V. Mustaine then sold his entire personal collection of Jacksons, and subsequently signed endorsement deals with ESP Guitars then Dean Guitars.