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Randy Rhoads

     Randy Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956, in Santa Monica, California.
He started playing guitar at 6 and 1/2 years old, and studied music
in his mother Delores' school, and taught there for five years before
going on with Ozzy.  He was sixteen at this time, and had just formed
Quiet Riot.
     At the time Randy met with Ozzy, he became very interested in 
Classical guitar, and was planning to acquire a Master's Degree in 
Classical, and mix the two fields of rock and classical.  He did this
to an extent on his first album with Ozzy, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz, on 
songs such as Revelation (Mother Earth) and Dee, the short classical
piece he wrote for his mother.  On Diary of a Madman (1981) Randy
added even more classical influence on songs such as Over the Mountain
and Diary of a Madman.  These two albums showed that Randy offered
a very fresh approach to heavy metal and hard rock, supplementing
some of the typical plodding sludgery with exciting harmonic twists 
and turns.  Sadly, Randy died in a plane crash in Leesburg, Florida,
on March 19, 1982.  He will be missed by all that enjoy and admire
his music.  
     Randy's genius can be listened to on the three albums he played
on with Ozzy: Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, and 1987's Tribute,
the live album that was to be released as a live Blizzard/Diary tour
documentary, but was delayed because of Randy's death.  



1964 White Gibson Les Paul Custom 

Carl Sandoval V (black with white polka dots with Seymour Duncan  
pickups: Jazz in the neck, '59 in the bridge. Bowtie inlays.

Black V, slightly offset, with Seymour Duncan pickups, block inlays
(made by Grover Jackson.)

White offset V with Seymour Duncan pickups, block inlays
(made by Grover Jackson.)

Dean V. 


Three Marshall heads:
Two late 1950's non-master volume, 100 watt heads
1970's master volume, 100 watt head


Pedal board consisting of:
MXR Distortion +
MXR Chorus
MXR Flanger
MXR 10 band EQ, used with the distortion and set to an extreme
mid-boost setting
Roland tape echo
Crybaby Wah pedal
Volume Pedal

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