The legend and legacy of Randy Rhoads’ iconic Jackson Concorde

Christian Andreu and Randy Rhoads
[L-R] Randy Rhoads with his Concorde, a design that evolve into guitars such as Christian Andreu of Gojira's signature Rhoads (Image credit: Andrew Benge/Redferns; Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Randy Rhoads not only had a massive influence on how metal guitar is played; he also had a profound impact on how metal guitars look, thanks to the now-legendary Jackson Rhoads guitars he helped design. 

On December 23, 1980, while on a break from Ozzy’s Blizzard of Ozz tour, Rhoads visited Grover Jackson at his workshop at Charvel HQ. The guitarist pulled out a sketch he’d drawn on a cocktail napkin and asked Jackson to build him a guitar that looked something like a shark’s fin. The pair sat down, and by midnight, the design Randy had conceived was completed and ready to be built.

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