Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads
Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads

RR5 Randy Rhoads, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Jackson in the Pro series.

nickname009 08/26/2011

Jackson RR5 Randy Rhoads : nickname009's user review


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Made in Japan jackson RR5. I've owned 2 versions, one in the black with gold and one in white both of which are amazing and identical in specs.

Alder body (with flame maple veneer on trans finishes), maple neck (through body), compound radius rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan JB humbucking pickups, adjustable string-through-body bridge and gold hardware. 1 vol 1 tone and a 3 way switch.

There are so many variations of this guitar but this one is basically the simplest and highest quality! It's a hard tail and it's made in japan. Best combination for an awesome guitar!!


Very nice playing guitar, the neck is I believe, jackson's compound radius neck which get flatter as you go up the frets for shredability.

The seymour duncan pickups are JBs I believe in both positions which are decent. I've owned two of these and one of which I kept the stock pickups in the other I changed to the EMG 60 and 81.

Both sound great!!

It is not ergonomically shaped of course. It's shaped for the look and it looks great, but if you wanna sit down with it you might have to get used to how to position it properly (having your right knee in between the 2 wings) propping it in a sort of classical guitar position. This is the love or hate part of the guitar. And for me, it made no difference.


For this review I will be judging the guitar based on the stock pickups, which are the duncan JBs. They sound great of course. They're a bit on the edgier side and can be known to be sharp sounding and bitey. Which is good for anything that involves high gain. The JB pickups are famously known for rock and high gain applications. Nobody talks about Duncan pickups without talking about the JB.

The distortion is tight, and bitey/edgy. Tweak the amp to compensate if it's too bright for you but generally the pickup is very workable. Leads are very prominent and come out strong!

The cleans are ok. On the neck pickup it is better but a bit too thick for general use. But the leads sound great on the neck also! The guitar itself has the same specs as a strat would, alder body (but neck through) and rosewood board so it should generally sound similar if that strat had a jb pickup in it.

I don't really need to comment too much on the sound as the JB pickups are rather versatile for a lot of applications. Though I wouldn't say they do too well for super low gain/bluesy stuff, although jeff beck HAS used these way back in the past for his stuff..just goes to show how versatile these pickups are!

Just the cleans would be lacking in my opinion. I've always loved the clean sounds of single coils and humbucker cleans just never seem to do it for me, too thick and dark!


RR5, best buy for the money. Hard tail for those who hate floyds. Awesome rock/metal shape to look great on stage, high quality construction since it's MIJ. Versatile set of pickups included. What else does anybody need??? Maybe a good case. That might be hard to come by, and sitting down playing needs getting used to. Otherwise, a great guitar, high quality and versatile sounding!! A great quality product from jackson!