Rhoads is determined with several instruments, among them, a bright Gibson Les John Customized, which was likely from the beginning ’70s. Fixed with inventory Gibson humbuckers, he used this axe with Silent Huge range and with Ozzy. Images also revealed him with a dark Les John Customized with three humbuckers.
Another key axe was the V developed by luthier Karl Sandoval in the summertime season of ’79, just before getting the Ozzy gig. A polka-dot solidbody with “bowtie” inlays (one of Rhoads’ images during the Silent Huge range years), the instrument also had a vibrato link and DiMarzio humbuckers, each with its own Amount and Overall tone manages. The set throat was taken from an old Danelectro instrument. Rhoads compensated $738 for the instrument and these days the design is known as the Sandoval Dot V.
The last item in Randy’s instrument collection was a couple of custom-offset V-style instruments developed by Grover Fitzgibbons, Tim Wilson, and Scott Shannon. One dark, one bright, both Jacksons had Seymour Duncan humbuckers, vibrato connects, and set-neck styles. These now-iconic instruments became perfect steel axes after Rhoads’ loss of life for their monster looks and intense tone, and the record of gamers who have used them is amazing, such as Lady Mustaine, Kirk Hammett, and Kids of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho. And in the equipment division, Rhoads used Fender method choices and GHS post in both .010 and .011 places.