I got this guitar from Musicians Friend and have not regreted it one bit. I paid $560 plus $40 for custom paint and got my moneys' worth. Ihave always been a Randy Rhoads freak so I had to get it to add to my collection of Rhoads guitars, (I already have the polka dot Vee and the antique white Gibson.)
The tone is like velvet and the construction is top of the line. This is a great metal guitar but is also good for any type of music. It has such a wide variety of sounds between the two Duncan Designer Humbuckers, you can play anything from the Three Kings of Blues to eVh to Angus Young on this guitar, and still go back to all out scream with "The Flick of the Switch."
nothing whatsoever: I don't even need a Straplok!!
It is also a GREAT guitar for beginners because of the flat and thin neck and its construstion and shape is perfect for developing good posture if you play sitting down or any type of classical.
Play hard and have fun, this guitar lets you do both
I got it from Ostenak's Music for $959.00 (including hardcase)Canadian. I bougbt it because I've been working off a squier for a long time and decided it was time for something different.
This guitar overall is a blast. The shape is killer, the sound is pretty nice too. The slim neck is awesome to play on and the jumbo frets make plenty of playing room as opposed to some guitars I've played with no room at all.
I do not the like the fact that it isn't a sitting down guitar, because a lot of the time I sit down to give lessons and such. Also the bridge is a bit confusing at first and takes a bit of work to keep it in proper working order. And lastly this is mainly a soloing guitar, if your a chord player I don't recommend this for you.
Overall the guitar is built beautifully. The paint job is great, the neck is amazing to play on, everything just feels right with this guitar. there are no genral problems I had except with the bridge.
If your a sit down guitarist, don't like soloing, and have never even heard of Rhoads don't bother spending the money.If you love to solo and are a loyalist to the great Randy Rhoads this is the guitar for you.
Off of ebay for 300$!! It's used of course but it's still sexy looking.
When I first saw and heard the late great Randy Rhoads freak out on this beautiful guitar, I had to have it. Everything about it is awesome. The lead Floyd Pickup is really hot and it really shreds like nothing else: it has the best action ever. The locking also sustains any kind of weird whammy bar/bending abuse all the time. The rosewood fretboard and sharkfin linlays are wicked too.
Well, not a whole lot, as far as sound can be said against this guitar. The only thing that bugs me that I can't play this sitting down really. The odd (but cool) shape of this machine is just to difficult to sit with. Also, it's jet black, so all the fingerprints are visable. Other than that, it's fine.
Very sturdy. Hold's up well and everything. You just have to find a way to stand it up so it won't fall over beacause of the uneven "V" part.
This is one of the defining points in my guitar playing carrer. This guitar is amazing and every aggressive, metal/hard rock player should have one.
The Jackson RR-3 was introduced in the mid 90s as a lower priced yet still high quality alternative to the wildly popular USA Select Series RR-1 Rhoads. It features an alder body, a maple neck with rosewood fretboard and 22 frets, really cool "sharktooth" inlays, sealed chrome tuners, a licensed Jackson Floyd Rose bridge and two Seymour Duncan pickups (Can be found with either a JB/Jazz combo or two Invaders). It's most noted for its unique and instantly recognizable take on the Flying V body design... the Rhoads is smaller and more compact than the Gibson or even other Jackson designs. This instantly recognizable body shape along with bolt on construction and good choice of parts makes it an excellent metal ax for a reasonable price.
The Jackson Randy Rhoads design is quite ergonomic, definitely more-so than any Gibson or other larger Flying V (Hamer, Jackson King V, etc). The smaller body means a lighter weight overall, and the contouring is a lot more pronounced and apparent on this guitar, making them generally weigh in at only about 7-8 pounds, which is definitely a manageable weight whilst playing a two hour show! The upper fret access is superior to many other designs as well, definitely designed for optimized shredding!
Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty easy. It's got a very simple electronics layout that doesn't require a lot of dialing in, and quite frankly most users of a pointy Jackson Rhoads are probably not concerned with the purer clean and low gain sounds that this guitar does or doesn't do well.
I've tried this guitar through various different rigs and can conclude that's definitely best for high gain, high octane metal and shred tones, especially with the Seymour Duncan Invaders loaded in there. Unfortunately I don't find that it does much else as far as tones go. Cleans are really flat and uninspiring overall and the low gain tones are next to useless. However I didn't expect them to be as good as the higher gain sounds anyway. The high gain tones are great for everything from '80s Ozzy to present day molten metal pummeling. The Duncan pickups really pack a punch and offer a slightly scooped midrange, very heavy low end driven sound that works quite well for staccato riffing. If you add in some reverb and dial up the midrange on the amp it works quite well for sweep arpeggios or fast alternate picked passages as well.
All in all I think the Jackson RR-3 Rhoads is a great ax for someone looking for killer metal tones on a budget. They are about $900 new and can be found for about $400-$500 used which is a great deal for someone who is looking for a great and distinctive metal ax on a budget that won't slay someone. It's a great value... and Jacksons are very well crafted guitars overall. You can't go wrong with any of the higher end Japan made or USA made ones as far as quality goes.