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Gibson RD

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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)

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

RD Standard
 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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Gibson RD Artist 1978 Bass Guitar with Orginal Hard Case

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USED Gibson 1978 RD Custom from JAPAN

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70's Gibson Hard Shell Case fits RD Artist Electric Guitar

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1978 GIBSON RD ARTIST - FIREBURST - ANDY BAXTER BASS

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Gibson Stop Tailpiece Black Guitar Parts Les Paul CS SG ES RD Studio Custom LPJ

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70's 80's NICKEL GIBSON TUNERS SG Flying V Les Paul RD Standard + Custom L6-S

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

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UK ebay listings

70's Gibson Hard Shell Case fits RD Artist Electric Guitar

Current price: £207.79
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Gibson 1979 Ebony RD Artist Bass Guitar Active Moog Pick ups Original Case RARE

Current price: £2150.00
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1978 GIBSON RD ARTIST - FIREBURST - ANDY BAXTER BASS

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Gibson Stop Tailpiece Black Guitar Parts Les Paul CS SG ES RD Studio Custom LPJ

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Gibson Les Paul Stop Tailpiece Nickel Guitar Parts ES Explorer SG R9 Firebird RD

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Gibson Les Paul Chrome Tune-o-matic ABR-1 Bridge Guitar Parts ES R9 V RD R8 EDS

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Gibson Les Paul Stop Tailpiece Gold Guitar Parts ES Explorer SG Firebird RD LPJ

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

Current price: £55.40
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Gibson Les Paul ABR-1 Nickel Tune-o-matic Bridge Guitar Parts ES R9 V RD Custom

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Gibson Les Paul Nashville Tune-o-matic Bridge Chrome Guitar Parts ES RD SG V EDS

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Gibson Les Paul Historic Nickel Tuners Set Guitar Parts RD SG ES Tuning Machines

Current price: £69.26
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Gibson Les Paul Grover Nickel Tuner Set Guitar Parts SG V ES RD Tuning Machines

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German ebay listings

GIBSON RD CUSTOM BAUJAHR 1978 - TOP ZUSTAND

Current price: €2499.00
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1979 Gibson RD Artist Bass - Sunburst

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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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