GIBSON RD Artist Bass

  • Gibson RD Artist Bass


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1977 to 1982

The Gibson RD Artist Bass was made between 1977 and 1982. It was like the RD Standard Bass but had different pickups and electronics and an f-hole shaped headstock inlay.The four control knobs on the RD Artist bass were a volume for each pickup, a treble control, and a bass control. There were built in active compression, expansion and bright mode circuits - developed with the help of another Norlin owned company - Moog.

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Body materialmaple body
Body styleFirebird style body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsebony finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings4 strings
Scale length34.5 inches scale length


Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)winged headstock
Tuner layouttwo-each-side


Pickup selector controls2 selector switches
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls


Pickups brand and modelGibson Series V pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 pickups
Preampactive preamp

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