Up for sale, a 2008 Jackson Stars RR-TN01STB Randy Rhoads model Flying V in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a fitted gigbag. A rare Japanese domestic market model, the Jackson Stars instruments are the direct descendants of the Grover Jackson line, expertly crafted at the Chu Shin factory. Originally commissioned by the late, great Randy Rhoads, his namesake guitar was actually the first Jackson ever made. It quickly gained a following in hard rock circles soon after production began in the early 1980s, played by such luminaries as Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Megadeth's Marty Friedman, and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden, among many others. Decades after the design first made waves, the Rhoads' aggressive body shape remains unmistakable, and it plays as fast as it looks.
Featuring neck through maple construction with mahogany body wings, a string through body design, and a 24 fret ebony fretboard with jumbo fretwire, this Jackson has a singing sustain not afforded the more common vibrato-equipped iterations of the Rhoads model. Loaded with a pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, this Rhoads model is a versatile, resonant guitar with a great range of traditional humbucker tones. The JB SH-4 humbucker in the bridge position is Seymour Duncan's original high output humbucker. The low end is rich and powerful, the highs are crisp and detailed, and there’s an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords that translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when you play single notes or solos. The neck position SH-1 '59 model is a vintage-output humbucker which has a tonal complexity and dynamic response befitting a PAF. The guitar is remarkably light at 7lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fast action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The maple neck features a very slender D-shaped profile carve with good shoulder, measuring .745" deep at the 1st fret and .820" at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features pearl shark fin inlay and pristine stock jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted truss rod and 15“ fretboard radius. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 11/16“ in width. The bound headstock features a pearloid Jackson logo and set of gold Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly. The serial number is stamped into the fretboard, just beyond the 24th fret.
The stock electronics function as they should, with a three-way pickup selector toggle, individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone knob. The full-size CTS pots date to the 31st week of 2007, and the stickers on the Seymour Duncan baseplates also date to '07. The gold plating on the hardware shows only a hint of surface patina, and wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss. The finish on the neck profile is pristine.
A fitted gigbag is included.