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Flying V Randy Rhoads

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.

Rhoads V

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.

Randy Rhoads Polka Dot Flying V

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.

Randy Rhoads V

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.

Jackson Randy Rhoads V

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.[1] 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.[2] after the sleek, white supersonic aircraft[3] 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.

Randy Rhoads V Guitar

 

This unique guitar, made in usa, features 22 frets on a rosewood fingerboard. So many cool features, I can’t really fit it into a short review! The neck itself is a hardwood maple neck. It has lightning bolt inlays, or you can call them Shark teeth inlay, what best suits you. Here’s the kicker…the body? It’s acrylic. Acrylic?! Meaning see through…like Lucite. Jackson Randy Rhoads V body. Heavy, yes. But it does give it a really awesome look! You could play it at a gig with lights and it would look majorly sweet. One of the best features on it is the Floyd Rose bridge. Yes, Floyd Rose. One of the best locking tremolo systems in the world on this guitar. Sounds to me like the humbuckers on them are Duncan Designed with the guitar brand name slapped on there. You also get 1 chrome volume knob with a 3-way selector Switch for either or both of the humbuckers. Just your basic 2 humbucker configuration-bridge and neck. Overall, the guitar itself is 43″. When I got it, the package included a cable, tremolo bar, and the Allen wrenches for the locking tuners and tremolo system.

Sound: This amazing guitar suits my needs perfectly. Great sound, great features. I have played guitar for almost 9 years now, and I have experience playing most every different style of music. I play mostly metal, though, so it suits my needs and actually exceeds them. I played with this guitar through a couple different amps and a few different amp models on my Line 6 Spider III HD150 half stack. No matter what amp it plays through or amp model it plays with, it sounds flawless to me. I just adjust the tone on the amp to how I want it to sound and it’s fine with me.

Action, Fit & Finish: Action on this guitar was kind of sucks. It’s not as low as I like it, but still not high to the point that I would hate to play it. I mean, action is something that is easy to fix. The overall quality and looks of the guitar…I mean it’s just sweet. I get up on stage to play and people see it, a lot of them will be thinking pr saying “Hey, cool guitar. It looks awesome!”

Reliability & Durability: To me, it seems like it will withstand regular wear and tear from the small gigging musician. Most guitars do anyways with proper care and maintenance. I will probably use this guitar as my drop C# guitar. It seems like it will hold it’s tuning as long as you keep enough springs and tension on the neck and the bridge.

Impression: Overall, considering all the features of this guitar and the sound and all that, I think this guitar is a really good guitar. It exceeds my needs and is a great deal on a different take on a Randy Rhoads V guitar. The guitar company makes pretty unique instruments anyways, so having an acrylic v makes it all good. Overall, I would recommend it for any intermediate or advanced guitar player.