Premier Guitar's Rebecca Dirks stopped by the Jackson Guitars booth at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show to speak with Jackson's Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER guitarist) about the Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) "tribute guitar" (see video below). In collaboration with the Rhoads family, the Jackson Custom Shop will build 60 exact replicas of Randy Rhoads' original 1980 Jackson asymmetrical V-shaped guitar that he personally designed. He intended to call this body style the Concorde and it is widely regarded as the "first pointy guitar." The original guitar had been kept at the Rhoads family music school since his death, and they say it had not been out of the case in over 20 years.Nick and a handful of others went over to the U.K. and spec'd out Randy's original Jackson and brought all the info, pictures and details back to the U.S. and built a dead-on replica ... down to the black duct tape on the back that Rhoads used so he and his OZZY OSBOURNE bandmates could be on stage undetected prior to commencing the set.
According to TheMusicZoo.com, Randy's original guitar was built in 1980 by Tim Wilson and Mike Shannon. Mike Shannon is still with Jackson today and he'll personally build the extremely limited run of 60 guitars. Suggested Retail Price for the guitar: $12,619.56 (in honor of Randy's birthday: December 6, 1956) In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.