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Gibson RD

Solid bodied guitar

RD Artist
 controls
 pricing & publicity
 schematics & parts lists
  RD-77 general schematic
  RD-77 moog board schematic
  RD-77 parts list (1981)
  RD-79 parts list (1981)

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 pricing & publicity
 schematics & parts lists
  RD Custom parts list (1981)

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 pricing & publicity
 schematics & parts lists
  RD Standard parts list (1981)

RD Basses

The Gibson 1978 RD guitar and bass catalogue
Gibson 1978 RD guitar and bass catalogue
The 1978 electrics catalogue entitled Quality / Prestige / Innovation
Gibson 1978 Quality /Prestige /Innovation catalogue
The RD series made it onto the cover of the May '78 Gibson price list
Gibson price list May 15th 1978

The RD line of Guitars was unveiled in 1977. It consisted of three six-string guitar models (RD artist, RD custom and RD standard) and two basses (RD artist and RD standard). RD stands for research and development.... and this range of instruments certainly was a technological leap forward for the Gibson company. At the centre of this innovation was the RD Artist guitar and bass. Not only were they Gibsons first active instruments, but they were also equipped with Moog (another Norlin company) expansion/compression circuitry.

Throughout the 70s Gibson experimented with guitars that were completely different from its older mahogany solid-bodies. Taking ques from other manufacturers, and coming up with ideas of their own. Newer models had been made from maple (L5-S, L-6S) with a bolt-on neck (Marauder and S-1) and now were being taken one step further still with the RD series; aswell as active electronics, the guitars were Gibson's first extra long scale instrument (25 1/2" as opposed to the usual 24 3/4"). According to early literature, were designed "with size, shape, and density of materials, chosen for their brightness, brilliance, sustain and comfort"

Bruce Bolen The Gibson Product development director at the time was Bruce Bolen. in this 1978 he explains the vision behind the RD artist.

One of the particular musical qualities that I personally was looking for in one of the models, was a similar effect to that of a steel player - this being the reduction of the intitial attack and the swell of the note after the initial attack had been made. A steel player of course uses a volume pedal to accomplish this but it was still something missing. Bob designed a special circuit that would achieve this as well as an expansion circuit unlike any other that had been designed to date.




From top to bottom, the Gibson RD Artist, RD Custom, and RD Standard guitars

From top to bottom, the Gibson RD artist, RD custom and RD standard guitars

RD guitar users

RD Artist
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
Alan Kendall (Bee Gees)
Rob Dean (Japan)

RD Custom
Dave Grohl

RD Standard

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1978 Gibson RD Artist Bass Guitar with OHSC in RARE Sunburst

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1977 Gibson RD Artist Bass Moog Electronics with Original Case

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Gibson Vintage 1977 RD Artist Natural Bass Guitar.

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USED 1977 GIBSON RD CUSTOM NATURAL MAPLE ELECTRIC GUITAR W/ OHSC

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Gibson RD Krist Novoselic Signature Bass

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Gibson "RD" Bass Guitar KRIST NOVOSELIC NIRVANA

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2012 Gibson Krist Novoselic RD Artist bass guitar Nirvana

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Vintage 1978 Black Gibson USA RD Artist Bass Guitar Body & Neck

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Gibson Left Hand ThunderBird Bass Guitar Case LH Thunder Bird Non Reverse RD ?

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Vintage 1978 Gibson USA RD Artist Bass Guitar Circuit Board Pots Switches

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1977-1978 Gibson RD Custom Guitar ELECTRONICS Pots, Wiring Harness Circuit Board

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1978 Gibson RD Custom Guitar PICKUP SET Patent Number Humbuckers

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UK ebay listings

Gibson RD Artist Bass 1977

Current price: £1700.00
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1978 Gibson RD Artist Bass Guitar with OHSC in RARE Sunburst

Current price: £1379.38
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Vintage 1978 Black Gibson USA RD Artist Bass Guitar Body & Neck

Current price: £587.67
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Gibson Left Hand ThunderBird Bass Guitar Case LH Thunder Bird Non Reverse RD ?

Current price: £276.56
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Vintage 1978 Gibson USA RD Artist Bass Guitar Circuit Board Pots Switches

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1977 USA GIBSON GRABBER BASS GUITAR TUNER SET NICKEL 1978 G-3 RD

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Genuine Gibson RD Guitar Hardshell Case! Very Rare & Clean! GOTW!International

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Vintage 1970s Gibson RD Bass Tuners Complete Ripper Grabber G3

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Vintage 1970s Gibson RD Bass Bridge Ripper Les Paul 3 Point With Studs

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Gibson bass tuners vintage 1970's, Grabber, Ripper or RD.

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Gibson Les Paul Grover Black Tuners Set Guitar Parts SG R9 V ES RD Custom Tuning

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Gibson Les Paul Modern Nickel Humbucker Pickup Cover Set Guitar Parts V SG ES RD

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Recording KING RD127,Sitkafichte,Palisander!Vollmassiv,Gibson Saiten,Martin Plek

Current price: €415.00
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1978 GIBSON RD ARTIST BASS CASE - made in USA

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GIBSON RD CUSTOM BAUJAHR 1978 - TOP ZUSTAND

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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
RD gassss Comment left 8th July 2012 15:03:49
RDs are some of the best guitars Gibson ever made. When will they put out a true reissue with moog board. I want one. Mega GAS!

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