I can remember hearing Randy Roads for the first time in the early 1980s. He was a guitar player that just blew me away. He played with such emotion and speed and died far too early. Who knows what he could have accomplished with Ozzy Osbourne. Despite his short life, he helped develop the metal era of the 1980s and countless guitar players today are still influenced by his amazing playing. He helped take the finger-tapping along with Eddie Van Halen to new heights and bring in many of the advanced styles we know today. He could play soft and mellow in songs like Dee or burn it up in the ultra-classic Crazy Train. Jackson Guitars has released some new Roads models from the X Series and this article looks at the new RRMX Roads guitar.
Jackson X Series Guitars
The X Series features the Jackson neck-through body construction and they have great humbucking pickups with a bound compound radius fingerboard. The necks feature shark-fin inlays and have amazing finishes. The guitars have superior tone, fast playability and superb value for toady’s guitar player. Hard rock and heavy metal players will love this style of guitar.
Jackson Roads RRMXG
The new Jackson Roads RRXMG features a basswood body, and a through-body maple neck. The pickups are active EMG 85 for the neck and in the bridge position there’s an EMG 81. These pickups deliver a great tone and a tight bass the good mid-range and a crunch for the highs. The rosewood fingerboard is a bound-compound the curves at the nut for easier chording and then flattens out as it reaches the neck joint for easier bends at those positions without fretting out and having bad notes. The tremolo system is perfect on this guitar because it allows for the dips and dives associated with metal and hard rock guitar styles.When you have a locking nut it's easier to keep your guitar in tune. The 24 jumbo frets mean you can play all kinds of music and hit those searing high notes with ease. The guitar also features three-way pickup switching. Colors on this instrument include black and a white version with black pinstripes. The nut width is 1.6875" (43 mm) and the scale length is 25.5" (64.8 cm).