It's funny how people bag on Dean but Nobody bags on Jackson for doing it with Randy Rhoads.
Especially since Randy never actually got to play any production Randy Rhoads guitars from Jackson and he was so much better than Dimebag in every possible way. Screw Dean and start bagging on Jackson.
Randy Never Actually Got to Play the Guitars Bearing His Name!? Bull-Taco Dude!
Where the hell were You!?
Haven't You Ever Seen the Pics Of Randy with the 1st & 2nd Models with the Hand-Painted Gold Paint Headstock Logo's!?
He Did Technically Play & Own/Use,The 1st TWO Charvel Mfg. "Jackson",
San Dimas Factory Made, Rhoads/Concorde Custom Models.
The 1st Guitar Being "White", with Black Pinstripes, & "Larger", with
Gibson-Type Block Inlays, Gold Hardware, Charvel Mfg Brass Tremolo Unit Etc
The 2nd Black Model Being The Obvious Final Successor to Be Approved & Finalized By Randy,
(and Actually Used Live On the Diary Tour, but only a Handful of Live Shots Exist of Randy with this Second, And Final, Black Rhoads Model),
Shortly Before his Unexpected Death in March 1982,
This Guitar, Being "Black" with Gold Hardware. Also New to the Model, the "Sharkfin/Rhoads" Inlays, & More Refined Body Shape,
New NON Trem V Type, 'Strings Thru the Body', Metal Pickguard & Tune-o-matic Bridge Etc.
Randy Rhoads A "BETTER" Guitarist Than Dime?!
C'Mon Bro, "Apples & Oranges"
There's A Big Difference Between What Randy Was Doin in the Late '70's/Early '80's, and What Dime/Diamond Darrell was Doin, and A Decade Later! Almost 10 Years After Randy's Death in Early 1982!
Also, Randy Was An Educator & Guitar Genius Locally Here in Burbank/L.A. Area in the Early-Mid '70's Out of Nessesity!
As His Mother Delores Has A Music School/Store, and in those 1970's Pre-Dawn, Pre-Van Halen "False-Metal"/Pre-Metal,
Mountain/Humble Pie/Alice Cooper/KISS Days of Humbuckers into Marshall Stacks.
Randy Was Second Only to Michael Schenker Seamlessly Merging the Then Expected British Blues-Based Penta-Tonic with the Emerging EVH & Neo-Classical & Modal, Phrygian & Harmonic Minor/Diminished Runs Seldom Combined In A Single Guitarist Works!
By The Time Dime Was Cutting His Teeth, Dime was afforded a Much Longer Life! And Met Many More Goals,
That Im' Sure Randy Himself Would Agree!
Darrell may have "known" how to tecnically "Play Guitar" when Randy Rhoads was starting to get really popular as Ozzy's Guitar Player in 1982, but Dime was Still A KID Then!,
Nothing Wrong with that, but Musically & Technically, Dime Still Had A Lot To Learn!
and As Decent,Good,or Great you think those 1980's Pantera albums that they released independently were/are!
the Music, and Dime's Abilities DID Get Better over time as we know, and it made them More Experienced in the Recording Studio as well,
as I Believe their Father Jerry Abbott Owned A Recording Studio!
Dime-Darrell Abbott, achieved Much More In a Highly Influential Carreer that Influenced MILLON's!~MORE than EVEN RANDY!!
True! Who Knows What MORE Randy would Have Done/Achieved!? But Dime Was So LOVED And Followed it makes No Sense to Compare Two Very Excellent Guitarists
who Each, gave us as Guitarists So Much to Listen To and,
Whenever we plug in "Our Own Guitars/Amp's & Effects/Wireless,Etc,Etc"
We STILL find ourselves Chugging Away at Dime's/Pantera's "Mouth For War" or "Cemetary Gates" or
Randy/Ozzys "Crazy Train" & "Believer", or "Over the Mountain" almost anytime, or "Everytime", We Plug In!?
I Know I Often Do!
So Who's BETTER!!?