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Concorde Mark 14 Guitar

Jackson is all over the July 2011 issue ofPremier Guitar—including the cover—with interviews with Jackson Custom Shop master builder Mike Shannon and Megadeth signature artists David Ellefson and Chris Broderick.

Within, the cover story delves deeply into Jackson history as PG interviews Shannon about the genesis of the very first Concorde Mark 14 guitars—the two instruments that started the entire Jackson story, and the second of which Shannon himself built (both appear on the cover). Shannon describes the development of the Concorde, with its distinctively sleek V shape and aircraft-inspired name, and tells the story of how Rhoads, Grover Jackson and he brought those first legendary guitars to life.

The article is accompanied by seldom-seen early shots of the Jackson/Charvel staff and facility, and a rare 1981 shot of Rhoads playing the second Concorde model, the black one built by Shannon (the first Concorde—the white one—was the first instrument to bear the Jackson name).

PG also talks with Ellefson about his new Jackson Custom Shop five-string bass, on which he worked with Shannon. The Megadeth bassist describes the instrument in detail, comparing it with his modified Concert Bass model and elaborating on the experience of working with Shannon once again.

“Mike is a guru in the woodshop,” Ellefson told PG. “He’s got a feel for instruments—he knows how to make instruments that players like. To get a guy who can pull all that together, and make an instrument that sits in a player’s hands, is a whole other art.”

Ellefson’s bandmate, Broderick, also weighs in, discussing his signature six- and seven-string Soloist models. He meticulously describes elements from body style to control placement, noting that he loves the asymmetrical offset body in particular.

“I’ve always been a fan of that, which is why I designed it that way,” Broderick said. “It also serves a very ergonomic function: it takes the balance of the guitar and makes it so that you can angle the neck up. The neck doesn’t want to drop down like on other guitars. That was a huge plus for me.”

Concorde Mark 32 Guitar

Tis the season for the annual Guitar World magazine gear guide, and this year’s model, or models, we should say—as in plural—won’t disappoint Jackson fans.

You don’t even have to open the 2011 Guitar World Holiday Review Guide to start getting a Jackson eyeful. That’s because, right there on the cover, there’sHolly’s World star Holly Madison clad in little but a white bathing suit and a Jackson Custom Shop Randy Rhoads Concorde guitar. It’s a meticulous replica of the very first guitar to bear the Jackson name; the one famously sketched by Rhoads himself in late 1980 as he envisioned a new guitar model; the one he decided to name after the supersonic aircraft that speedily brought him home for the holidays that year after his first European tour with Ozzy Osbourne. Gorgeous.

And that’s just the cover. Inside, see the shout-out to the Jackson Demmelition King V™ and Mark Morton Dominion D2™, both on page 30, and model Angel Porinno posing with a limited edition 30th Anniversary RR5FR Rhoads on page 41. Also gorgeous.

Happy holidays, shredders. The 2011 Guitar World Holiday Review Guide is on newsstands now. So get going, already …

Concorde Mark Guitar

That’s right—the second custom V-shaped guitar built at the behest of the late, great Randy Rhoads was in fact named after the turbojet-powered Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde supersonic passenger airliner, a type of British/French aircraft that first flew in 1969, entered trans-Atlantic service in 1976 and was retired 2003.

It was this guitar that would later launch the Bloodline by becoming the first Jackson guitar model, and it was this guitar design that would become known worldwide and beloved throughout metaldom to this day as the Jackson Randy Rhoads.

Aside from the fact that both aircraft and guitar are sleek, sharp, triangular and unbelievably fast, the actual connection is a little more obscure. Allow us to explain.

Randy Rhoads left Quiet Riot to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band in late 1979, and he spent much of 1980 touring Europe with his new boss, playing his first custom-built V-shaped guitar model. To get Rhoads back to States that December for Christmas, Osbourne booked passage for his phenomenal new guitarist aboard the Concorde.

… after this aircraft.

Evidently inspired by his supersonic mode of transport, Rhoads conceived of a new guitar model during the flight home and decided then and there to call it the Concorde.

As soon as he arrived back in California, Rhoads contacted Grover Jackson directly about transforming his hastily scribbled sketches into reality, and the rest is history. Rhoads met with Jackson at the guitar maker’s San Dimas, Calif., shop on Dec. 23, 1980; the result very soon afterward was an asymmetrical V-shaped guitar with the bottom wing shorter than the top, neck-through-body construction, a white finish with pinstripes and, for the first time ever, the name “Jackson” on the headstock.