Myths about the Polka Dot Flying "V"
One of the biggest myths about Jackson/Charvel is that a lot of guitarists out there think that Grover Jackson or Wayne Charvel made the Randy Rhoads polka dot Flying "V". Grover Jackson andTim Wilson made the white Jackson "V" and Grover Jackson,Tim Wilson and Mike Shannon made the black Jackson "V", but Karl Sandoval actually made the polka dot flying "V". However Karl did work with Grover Jackson and Wayne Charvel for about a year or so. The guitar was ordered on 7-3-79 and was completed on 9-22-79. The guitar appeared to be of solid body neckthru or set neck construction, but was actually a Danelectro neck that had been glued to a flying "V" body! These bow tie inlays were simply routed on either side of the existing dot inlays, the pick-ups were DiMarzio P.A.Fs, Schaller tuners were installed and white Gibson Les Paul control knobs were used.There are six Sandoval V's that have been made to date and no two are the same.There are a couple of Copys that have been made by a late Jackson employee that are very good but they are too large and there are two very early 80's Charvel V's that were made that look very close to the original Sandoval V and last but not least in Japan there are a few Fernandez polka dot V's.These where never sold in the USA and are pictured in a old Fernandez catalog.
The total cost of the instrument to Randy was $738.00, Randy left a deposit with Karl on 7-3-79 of $245.00, and made one payment of $250.00 on 8-14-79, and paid the remaining balance of $243.00 when he picked the guitar up on 9-22-79.Another piece of history on this guitar is that soon after Randy Brought the guitar home the headstock was broken accidently when the strap was not secured to the guitar. I talked to Kevin DuBrow and he told me about the accident.He was there with Randy when it fell and Randy was devistated.Randy had worked very hard to save the money to buy the V.Karl Sandoval re-painted the neck after the repairs were done for free. Rumors have circulated that Randy had a lot of tuning problems with the polka dot "V" because the Danelectro neck didn't have a truss rod, but there sure are a lot of pictures that have been published with Randy playing this guitar.Randy did change the bridge,nut,knobs and pick-up rings from chrome to black.I have become close friends with Karl Sandoval and after some time he gave me the original design drawings Randy made and reciepts for the guitar that are also signed by Randy Rhoads...click here to view them.
P.S. The Jackson Custom Shop just stopped making the polka dot flying "V", so check with your dealer, they're going FAST!!! (I just picked mine up #6 of 150, and #7 of 150, I also own RR0006 and Sandoval #0006!
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