Guitar Review: Jackson RR5


This week’s review brings me to the ever so fantastic Jackson Randy Rhoads V.  This classic reissue of the original Randy Rhoads Flying V screams aggressive style and prestige.  The RR5 is made of the V shaped alder body, giving you all the screaming tone you could ever want in a V. The neck is a quarter sawn maple through the body, with a thicker profile as you go lower for chording, and a slimmer profile higher up for leads.  The RR5 also has a compound ebony fretboard allowing for chording and sports Jackson’s stylish shark fin inlays throughout the 24 frets.

The RR5 comes with two Seymour Duncan Pickups and a tune-o-matic bridge as well as the Rhoads V-plate for maximum sustain.  The Gotoh/Jackson tuners keep you in tune fairly well, just don’t bend more then 1 ½ steps or it will lose pitch.  The RR5 comes in black or white with either gold or black hardware.  Another  of its cool features include the 12” to 16” compound radius neck which makes it easier to keep the low E-string on the fretboard unlike some of the earlier models.  The Seymour Duncan bridge pickup is the JB-TB-4 while the neck pickup is the Jazz SH-2n.  The RR5 has a 3 way toggle switch and master volume/tone for the bridge and a tone pot for the neck pickup.  Since the RR5 is of the utmost quality it comes with a free SKB Hard-shell case. Which is awesome because trying to find flying V cases can be frustrating as you may already know.

My over all opinion of the fantastic guitar is while it exudes beauty not everyone will be able to just pick it up and rock out.  Maybe it’s just me, but I find that most flying V’s tend to need to be played with finesse on the low E string as it’s easy to push it off the neck.  But this model is better in that regard because of the compound neck.  It has an epic rock and metal tone as it was designed for.  The clean tone is a bit muddy, but for this type of guitar, I can’t imagine you playing on clean tones very often.

This is a great guitar if you are looking for an aggressive sound and look.  I stress that if you are used to playing Fender Strats or late model Les Paul’s, the action on this neck will be troublesome for you as the cut of the neck is right under the high and low E strings, so be careful when bending or heavy vibrato.  The price tag is very expensive which is why I’d recommend this to professionals or collectors, not the jammer.

That’s my rant for the week, till next time keep shredding.

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