Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads

RR3 Randy Rhoads, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the Pro series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 18 reviews )
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King Loudness08/13/2011

King Loudness's review"Heavy sounding guitar"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
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.

mooseherman's review"Randy's Guitar!"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
This is an American made guitar by Jackson. It's a remake of Randy Rhoads' guitar. Randy Rhoads was the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, among others, and is a legend of early Heavy Metal. This guitar has an alder body with a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. It has an interesting, flying-V like shape. It has 24 frets and Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, two to be exact. It has a three way selector switch as well as three knobs (2 volume and tone).


Playing this guitar is really easy if you are a rock player. Honestly, there's nobody else who'd be interested in this, so playing this type of music is more or less mandatory on this one. The guitar is setup to play lightning-fast riffs and licks, and playing it is like butter. Getting a good sound out of it depends on how distorted your guitar is, but having the right amp or distortion pedal will make it easy to sound good. It's not too heavy of a guitar, and I think it'll be easy for most people to carry around.


This is strictly a hard rock, heavy metal player's guitar. For that type of music, it is great. It actually has a little bit more tonal variety than the average metal player's guitar would. For instance, it can get dirty, guttural, and heavy, or it can be brighter and crisper, depending on the level of gain, pickup switch, and amp you use. I definitely think though, that it sounds best for metal. Especially of the hair metal variety, like Ozzy or Sabbath, or maybe even Metallica. The clean tones aren't much to write home about, but you can get some really rocking distorted parts. And the sustain on the leads is pretty ridiculous. It doesn't really work for most of what I do but I can recognize that it's a sweet metal guitar.


This is one of the better metal guitars in my opinion, as well as being one of the better "Signature" models of guitars that I've seen. I think it's a reasonably priced guitar overall, as it's not too bad. I wouldn't say it's my go-to by any means but I'd certainly like having one if I played in a metal band. Highly recommended to people who feel that they are into the music I described.

MGR/Anonymous's review"Jackson Randy Rhoads Jackson RR3"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
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

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/anonymous8's review"Jackson Pro Series RR3"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
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.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Nick's review"Jackson Pro Series RR3"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
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.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

mika666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Jackson RR3 .. Perfect! But ..."

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
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2 micro ringing after his tastes and colors ..
I have put the paf joe or above those of the guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold .. But it seems to drool too ..

On youtube you can find videos test.

After the original ones, even as it is sharp, cold, it's made for metal what ..
Despite that clean, jazzy style that goes ..


Well, well, it's a fly, not to play sitting H24 lol.
Pulls a little to the front, some changes the location of the screw strap but I find it useful, it is not death .. Or if you call Alexis Laiho ^ ^

Treble not great, but on a much pulling 9-46 but take the Satriani ibanez ..
A fly in 11-56 you play something like that .. (Granted drop of course)


I play on a Peavy, Marshall occasionally, it takes a good sound roughly ..
After as said above, this is not the microphones ..
Sounds, but not as I love, I want something heavy riff in balèze and it is not with the original ones ..

Its cold in clean, accurate at all times except, yes, with the neck pickup, it drool a little ..
But for a hard rock sound that sounds good.


I've had almost two years, I have a yamaha with Dimarzio, your agreement you hold me longtps unlike jackson .. And this is a Yam ..
I also have 2 Ibanez with different microphones course, but Duncan, Dimarzio, and Infinity, a signing LTD Laiho (Children of Bodom), and another lol.

I like the shape on stage you posting YOUR style immediately.

I remake this choice, maybe not, I will ascend to the RR1 with more microphones. Balèze of departure ..

Wintersun94's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a good scratch"

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
- In which country was it made? (United States, Japan, Mexico, France ...)
Made in Japan

- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
A licensed floyd jackson, it is not bad at all, it is pretty good tuning I think. After that is a floyd, ie to change tuning, must get their hands dirty. If we know what to expect, it is quite nice.
Only downside: the stem tends to loosen permanent ... but hey, it's just a detail.

- What kind of stick? How many frets?
Bolt-on Maple 22 fret, flat. It's fast, access to acute is pretty easy.

- What types of micro and their configuration?
Two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, including the TB-4 bridge.

- What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)?
Two volume knobs, one master tone and a 3 position switch


- The handle is it fun?
The handle is very nice, fast, very flat (at the same time it is a jackson is reassuring), in short, typical of the brand. Easy access to acute.

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
If you love the form, it goes by itself. Otherwise provide a micro adjustment period.
This guitar tends to sting a little nose, but nothing serious. (And not all guitars of this form does not sting the nose, see the rr24)
It is light enough.

- Gets it easy to sound good?
The pickups were well chosen I find the bridge pickup is very effective in distortion, very powerful, but less cold than emg 81 (but no less powerful), while the microphone in the neck position is downright versatile and clean frankly is correct, or even good.

In short, that's good.


- They are suitable to your style of music?
I play melodic death metal and this guitar is well suited to my style of music ... But I sometimes venture into the old-school rock and blues, or even a lil clean from time to time and I find my account.

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play? I play this guitar amp with a vox vt-30, and the sounds j'obtient suit me. For big sound, I use the shop channel metal, and rock the AC-30. J'obtient sound very fat with the metal shop, and quite dry with the AC-30. The crystal clear, for cons, I have a little trouble. I think it's largely a matter of adjustment.
For effects, I pod 2.0 (not bad, but it is well worth not a pedal)

- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? I like the sounds, but I confess that the crunch is, with these microphones, fairly rough.


- How long have you use it? I use it now for over 2 years.

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes, I tried a cort, I can not remember the model, but a micro y'avais EMG-HZ. I preferred the handle of the Jackson (and look, it must be said, is less that the cort toc)

- What is so special that you like most and least?
What I like is the look, and handle pretty nice. The shark teeth inlays are pretty too: p
What I like least is the fragility of the varnish, leaving at least scrape against a wall. But hey, it's not really serious

- How would you rate the quality / price?
I find the value pretty good, and with experience I would do I think this choice.

kurtjr's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
- In which country was it made? (United States, Japan, Mexico, France ...)
Guitar made in Japan.

- How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?
22 frets, two Seymour Duncan

- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?

- What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)?
2 volumes, 1 tonalitée, and a three-position selector.

Very good mail, even if I am not a technician jumps to his eyes! For my guitar against a small problem is that when I'm on the mic acute and I put my volume knob to 0 when it sounds Also, I must drop my knob micro serious!
But anyway I replaced all of its by DiMarzio and all is well =)


- The handle is it fun?
I think it's awesome! Very fast and fluid ... etc. .... I have had no trouble to spend my last LP was my Randy after his people depend;)

- Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy?
Not really but still good

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
The shape is a cry how beautiful she is! on the other hand I had mine for Christmas and it is already damaged on the sides!
The weight and she looks great a bit forward but anyway when it was in the hand: it is played!

- Gets it easy to sound good? ...
Well ... yeah I find rather versatile! We just do a good big metal precise, the Accor end of the handle has AC / DC (especially the upper) and clear sound not so bad but it's not really the purpose of the guitar ^ ^

I put a 9 because of the shape is beautiful but not practical!

In fact it's pretty easy to play assi!


- They are suitable to your style of music?
Yes, because I play mostly hard rock and grunge as well as metal, and it sounds even on the red hot chilli peppers even if it is not the best ...

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I play with a Marshall Valvestate s80 has the hold, or a Fender Super Champ XD in my room ^ ^
Indeed a VOX wah wah in a bypass looper Boss RC-2, a DS-2 Bosss, and a Boss DD-3.

- What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
We obtain the very edge of the upper well I trouve.Des fat on the neck but still very precise! (Basically my heaven ^ ^)

- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I love them all! no exeptions


- How long have you use it?
Around three months

- What is so special that you like most and least?
The +: the pallete of sound, light weight and look nice outfit when playing standing.
the -: I like the shape but not practical

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes really (tele strat sg ibanez flying-V guitar maker ...)

- How would you rate the quality / price?
Very good!

- With experience, you do again this choice?
Yes, but I think, but my next guitar will be a tele doncje not know ^ ^

kirkinho's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
See below
very well done beautiful object which admits of no default


The handle is a fighter
a less hands have really tiny eyes all goes farm -]
it pitches down, but not that much, it remains stable
the floyd floyd is a very good and unless you want to change their tune every 10 minutes all is well, just a touch up every hour, c is never wrong!

the sound is a huge strength in addition to the look. If you buy this skyscraper c is that you like the look so it is c wins. The sound is phenomenalissime: clean sounds that are blind eye to the two mics (very light grain on the mic bridge) and sound distortion ... OOOOOOuch!


J've redone my entire repertoire of a metallica pinkfloyd ... c is bluffing and it does everything well, without gaps!
Marshall AVT50 and H, n, K triamp
the sound is always balanced, never 'too' or 'not enough' ... HUGE
we choose the sound and sends ca: -] of the fat crystal clear flowing through the percuttant that hurts ... depending on the choice of channel amp. The guitar amp with a living force, but the discipline!


I have the last year or
Look killer tape al eye floyd stable, the pest of distortion to clean, easy feeling of the handle, finish ... The only drawback is c for transport, the box is a GIANT slight scratches if ...
J have tried the rr24 in the same vein, ltd m, ec, f, strata, epiphone lp, IBZ iceman and 7 strings.
J admits that outperforms all the jackson and worth its weight in peanuts.
guitar top of the basket without hesitation!

Disaye's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Jackson RR3 Randy Rhoads
-22 Frets
Seymour Duncan Pickups,
-Floyd Rose Bridge (the flat ..)
-1 3 position selector, 2 tone knobs, 1 volume


The neck is thin and very nice, but quite difficult to access last two boxes, but one gets to ..

It is also very light (about 4 pounds I think) is quite nice to play up!
In terms of form, it remains to both its strengths and weaknesses, the shape is very beautiful, one can not help but put a strap and see what it looks like with, a really nice guitar, but it stings the nose a lot: two solutions possible, have a strap that hangs the clothes, or to add a mieu fixed the strap behind the neck rather than next

The weak point of the form is that beacoup people (like me), bought this guitar more for form than for its .. the error is ... sitting position to play (once acquired course) is quite comfortable (especially for a solo) but when playing on the bass, it is immediately less enjoyable, it quickly becomes tiresome for the left arm and back also .. (but back pain depends your position too, if you stand right it goes ..) but nothing "really" annoying, do not bother beacoup this problem is far from the principal of such scratches ..

And we will approach the single (very large) weak point of the guitar to my taste: the FLOYD

I warn you right away and I lie to us: the floyd is very very boring ... boring, I'm a regular at the big drop (I go regularly from standard to drop C). And as you say I deeply regret having chosen this guitar as the first electric guitar, the floyd is the worst enemy of the regulars drop ... Why you ask? Well it's simple:

-The floyd, once accustomed to tuning, he wants to stay there, get him used to a different tuning, it is very dificil, if we go from standard to drop C, once your rope relaxed, it will tighten all alone , mechanics will not turn any one course, is the only floyd and floyd who is going to tighten, so you can relax your rope, it tightens, you redétendez .. and so on until the floyd is used ... but the worst is when do we go from the standard, the cord will relax and you will have to tighten the several times, as you say that a rope is not that the tender has to play / relax, dun so after time his case, you will say I am unlucky, but my first 2 weeks but with this guitar, cost me three floyd high E string, ie the I'm broke, I hate that I have 5 strings on my guitar because of this *** to put a floyd the con, and I would even give me more to do ..

The solution: If you really want to have this guitar, do not take it in first guitar, buy a cheaper forward with a good amp (I recommend an Ibanez GRG CORTVX2X or (in total neutrality vis a vis my tastes. .) for example ..) and buy the one after, put in one to do, for a standard, so you do not have to change tuning ... all tell you that I am already eager to be a Christmas 2009 for my ibanez GRG ...


This guitar is perfectly suited to my style of music
I play on a VOXAD30VT, I play metalcore / death / heavy / thrash metal and this guitar is a great sound out for these kind of music .. you can even play rock / hard rock amp if your permit!

The distortion with this guitar is a wake the dead, she is really good, I am very satisfied on this point!

As against the clean .. very disappointed by it against .. .. not too bad but I expected a better now what!


I use it now for 1 month


The handle
The distortion
The shape
The weight

The -

THE FLOYD (I cut him off a 3 point because of the floyd because it has really caused the problem .. pity it was his only flaw ..)
the form

Before buying this guitar, I tried the RX10D (which I definitely recommend a person ..) VX2X the cort, ibanez GRG and the BC Rich Bronze Warlock

Satisfactory value for money
With m'experience, I will not repeat that choice for now, I chilled on the other hand if I had one already before electric guitar again!