GIBSON RD Artist

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1977 to 1982
2014

The original RD Artist was made from 1977 to 1982. It was the top of the Gibson RD line and had a reverse Firebird style body available in natural, sunburst or ebony finish. It had Gibson active electronics with expansion and compression circuitry, a bright switch and two specially designed active humbucking pickups. Both neck and body were maple and it had a 25.5 inch scale length neck (reduced to 24.75 inches in 1979), 22 fret ebony fingerboard (with block inlays) and gold plated hardware. The RD Artist had a stylized f-hole peghead inlay. The longer scale length pre 1979 models are the most collectible, with around 2350 made in this period.

In Gibson reissued the RD Artist in 2014 to coincide with its 120th Anniversary celebrations. The new RD Artists have GEM Gibson Active humbucking pickups, with Alnico II magnets and wound with42 AWG wire, but with active design. These reissues have a rosewood fingerboard with a “120th Anniversary” 12th fret inlay and all are finished in Alpine white.

Specifications (23)

Body

Body materialmaple body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body, single cutaway
Body stylereverse firebird-style body
Pickguard materialblack pickguard

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorgold hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers

General

Finish colorsebony finish, natural finish, red finish, tobacco finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings

Neck

Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Controls

Pickup selector controls1 pickup selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls2 volume controls

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelGibson GEM pickup(s), Gibson Series VI pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups
Preampactive preamp

Prices (2)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2017$700good
2017€1400excellent

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