Gibson RD Custom controls

Description of the controls of all versions of the Gibson RD Custom guitar

The Gibson RD Custom was an active instrument, like the RD Artist, and whilst it did feature the Artist's bright mode, it did not have the additional expansion/contraction circuitry. Controls are somewhat similar to the RD Artist, and quite different from the traditional Gibson four-pot layout. There are two volume controls, one for each pickup (though not the two you'd expect if you're more used to an SG or Les Paul - or indeed the passive RD Standard) numbered 0-10, and a master bass and treble control - both numbered 5-0-5. These add or remove treble/bass from a neutral central position, rather than just reduce treble as is the case with a standard tone control. The switches are a three-way pickup selector, and bright-mode on/off switch.

Gibson RD Custom description of controls

The above sheet was circulated by Gibson in 1978 - compare with the equivalent sheet for the RD Artist.

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