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Jackson JS30RR Rhoads JS Series Electric Guitar 2008 Model   

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The 2008 version of the Jackson JS30RR Rhoads JS Series Electric Guitar looks great and plays fast. Late guitar whiz Randy Rhoads backed up Ozzy with...Click To Read More About This Product

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A smokin' player's axe designed with one of the greatest players ever.

The 2008 version of the Jackson JS30RR Rhoads JS Series Electric Guitar looks great and plays fast. Late guitar whiz Randy Rhoads backed up Ozzy with lightning-fast, classically-based riffs. He worked with Jackson to design this unique-looking and fast-playing electric guitar with dual Jackson CVR2 humbucker pickups for plenty of high-end sparkle. The string-thru alder body with bolt-on maple neck produces great sustain and the compound radius rosewood fretboard with 24 jumbo frets aid clean runs. Jackson put chrome tune-o-matic bridge and die-cast tuners on the JS30RR guitar.

Jackson's compound-radius fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out. With a more relaxed hand, you'll play better!

  • Alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 jumbo frets
  • Jackson CVR2 humbuckers
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge
  • String-thru body
  • Die-cast tuners

Order today and play till your fingers burn!


JS30RR Rhoads JS Series Electric Guitar 2008 Model


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great value

I got this a couple years ago and it hasn't let me down yet. The neck is smooth and fast, sadly better then a friends Fender Bigsby Telecaster and another friends Gibson Les Paul...Read complete review

I got this a couple years ago and it hasn't let me down yet. The neck is smooth and fast, sadly better then a friends Fender Bigsby Telecaster and another friends Gibson Les Paul Studio(it makes me wonder if buying a 1500$ guitar is really worth the extra money). Very light weight, kind of on par with my GK Strat except the balance points make the neck tilt up, it feels different but still feels right(in other words, it's not awkward). This guitar is very genre-specific and it's tone reflects that. Cranking the volume on the guitar and switching my Roland Cube 30's (an excellent all-around amp by the way) to R-fier made it very easy to mimic Slayer and Dope tones. The Metal and Stack Classic settings are very useful when playing Ozzy and Metallica with this guitar. The only qualms I have about this guitar is that their isn't a set of tone and volume controls for each pickup(this is more of a personal preference then an actual flaw), and when sitting down with it, the end of the cable rests on your leg, putting all the weight of the guitar on the input jack and the cable, loosening the input jack and potentially breaking the cable(that's what happened to mine. Also, it doesn't have a very friendly "clean" tone, as it always has a little bit of distortion no matter what setting it's on). As I write this review, I am reminded that I will soon be the proud owner of a Fender American Telecaster, for my taste in music has reached towards my classic rock roots to artists such as Eric Clapton, Neil Young,and Carlos Santana... But should I ever want to go back to playing the songs of the Artists that have inspired me to begin playing guitar in the first place (Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde, etc.) then this guitar and it's variants will be what I reach for, for it is, with no doubt in my mind, the ultimate metal guitar.


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Worst Guitar Ever! Beware!!

Hi folks! Please listen to what I have to say, for I may be one of the only true reviews on this page. I am a metal guitarist who likes and has owned...Read complete review

Hi folks! Please listen to what I have to say, for I may be one of the only true reviews on this page. I am a metal guitarist who likes and has owned many wierd shaped guitars. I bought this guitar on a whim and boy do I REGRET IT!! First off, the pic shows a nice transparent finish which I got a solid color. Right out of the box, four of my six strings buzzed on the frets ridiculously. I spent hours trying to set it up but could not do it without raising the action unreasonably high. The pickups are weak and any musician spending their hard earned $ expecting a return on their investment would find them to be substandard. The toggle switch was not even functional or if it was, I couldn't tell a tone difference. If that is not enough, the strap pegs are way too big to fit a normal guitar strap. I ruined a great leather strap making it fit. I used my common sense and returned it for a refund. Thanks to good return policies! Randy Rhodes would be spinning in his grave if he knew they were putting his name on this. I would say they got a few bugs to work out on this one. Definitely not worth the $, take it from me. You'll thank me if you ever play one in person.

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is an amazing guitar for the price, I got a black one about a year ago. The pick ups are decent for the price. It plays and feels just like the ones 3x's its price, if you are looking for a good quality guitar that wont set you back this jackson is the way to go.


Great for beginners AND advanced players

By Thanatos313

from NJ

I've owned this guitar for a little over a year and it's GREAT for the price. I've played on many different guitars and brands such as Shecter, Ibanez, Gibson, and I love my Rhoads the best. The jack is in a dumb location but I have a right angle jack so it's all good. The neck is very fast and the pickups are great considering being stock pickups. Replace the pickups with EMG's and put on Ernie ball strings and you got a hell of a metal guitar!!!



By 34syn43

from Jonesboro, IL

This guitar is amazing for the price. I got mine a few weeks ago and was overwhelmed by how great it sounded. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anybody.



By mydarkutopia

from Undisclosed

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Alright, this guitar is simply amazing for its price. First of all, what better looking guitar could you ask for. Also the neck is very smooth and thin, the best for you to get those solos. The lower parts of the neck are very easily accessed on this guitar, a problem solved for me. The tone is just what any metal guitarist would ask for, a bit heavier than usual but if you need to go on clean, it still sounds great.However, there is one thing about this guitar that may seem to be a problem for some people(not me though).The problem is that there is no way that you can play this guitar for more than 10-15 mins whilst sitting down. Therefore if you want this guitar and think that sitting down is something you do a lot then I suggest you have another guitar for that purpose and leave this one for a** kicking when you're performing.One more thing to add, I have played on a Gibson Les Paul Studio before and I honestly do not see a big difference. The only thing that was a bit better was 2 volume controls for the different pickups and the fact that you could play it sitting down. So honestly, anyone looking for a value guitar, this Jackson Rhoads is the one.Hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck out there !!!


Pretty damn good for the price

By The Cadaver

from El Paso, TX

Allright, I recently got this guitar with a portion of my tax return. I was in dyer need of a decent axe and didn't have much in the way of funds. I must say, this thing is AWESOME for the price.The neck feels very comfortable and easily lends itself to learning essential lead guitar techniques. Keep in mind, it's not a high-end Jackson. On that merit alone: 5 stars easily. The pickups are pretty decent but nothin' special. The bridge definitely needs to be set before you get some decent action. The hardware is pretty good-lookin' and surprisingly decent. The fretboard and the overall shape of the guitar is just sexy. Again, for the price, it kicks a**.The only complaint I have about this model is the overall balance of the instrument: the body is so light that the neck tends to anchor downward when I play standing. Oh yeah, and it's sorta uncomfortable to play sitting as well.Anyhow, this is my first Jackson and I look forward to checking out the higher-end versions in the future. I can see why alot of metalists prefer Jackson over other guitars.Thank you Jackson, you are the saving grace for poor metalists everywhere!!


Good Starter Rhoads

By SDefectRyan

from Florida

First: This guitar is VERY neck heavy. VERY. This is a flaw with the strap button placement. Second, would be nicer with a Floyd Rose but considering the price would go up, what do you expect? The Jackson pickups are decent and I would rate them along with Duncan Designed. They are not that high output and are nothing to brag about, but I have heard worse stock pickups than these. You do get what you pay for with this guitar. It's a great first guitar especially for someone who likes the Rhoads shape (this is the only RR in the price range). Just make sure to buy a leather strap to help counter the neck-heavyness.



By Bobotheinvisiblepanda

from Mars

This is my second guitar, and I would say it was an upgrade from the first, but not by much. Mabey that's because I got used off ebay, but still. When it first came in the mail, it was very hard to put down. The pickups are very responsive, and good at handling distortion. It's got a slick neck, which makes for easy fretboard navagation, and it has great sustain for a bolt-on neck. However, in standard tuning, it flutters constantly. But for some reason, it stays in tune much better in drop-c. But then there's another problem with lower tunings. The low E string touches down on the second and third frets, making very unpleasant sounds. But that can be fixed by raising your bridge ever so slightly. The body's very light, making it so the neck tilts downward, so you have to hold it up as you play, which makes soloing kind of tricky. (And after playing for a while, your left arm will probably get sore.) And putting new strings in can be a very stressful experience, because the holes that go through the body were poorly made, making it very hard to find the other side of the guitar. So over all, I would say if you're looking for an upgrade from your first guitar, this guitar has great sound and features, but can't have very high standards for quality. You will also need abnormally strong bisceps in your left arm.


Good Jackson

By Rocky Rhoads

from Charleston, West Virginia

I bought this guitar about a month ago and I'll have to say it is a great guitar for the price though in my opinion it would be better if it had some EMG's instead of the factory humbuckers. Still this is a great guitar, it is way more comfortable and lighter than my Strat and earlier I didn't mean to make the pickups sound like they're not good they're great but EMG's are better, please I beg you from musician to musician don't pass up this deal. Buy it trust me this guitar is great.


I like it

By Nick-14IdY

from Hyden, KY

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i got this guitar at my local Guitar Center. i love the neck, its really fast and i've always loved the off-set v shape of the rhoads. the only thing that makes this guitar bad is the tuners and the pickups. the tuners WON'T stay in tune for longer than 2 days. the stock pickups suck beyond belief, but i took care of that and put in a set of EMG KFK Kerry King 81/85's. after all the mods (which didn't cost much at all) this guitar is a mean outfit. I'd recomend this guitar to anyone. its great.


Excellent Cheap Guitar

By Jacksonsaretheshit

from Utah

The great thing about this guitar is the neck. It is incredibly small and makes it easy to slide on at fast speeds. It has a great shape making it easy to play unlike other Vs. I owned an ESP Viper and a Epiphone Goth V and both were more expensive but were also more disapointing then this guitar. The only bad things about this guitar are that the tuners suck and come out of tune after a day of playing. The other thing the stock pick-ups sound horrible, but if you have the money to replace them it makes this a near perfect guitar.

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