Gibson RD Artist

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Shipping Figures

From the June 1979 the RD Artist changed in a number of ways (see the RD Artist page for details). From then on, the original RD Artist was available by custom order as the RD-77. The newer Artist was then known as simply the RD Artist, or the RD-79. Shipping figures are confusing - whether the 1979 Artist figures include pre-79 RD-77s in not clear. The existance of 1977 RD-77s is also unexplained.

RD-77 and RD-79 guitars were available into the early 1980s, but no shipping figures are available.

Model \ Year197719781979total
RD Artist67413143522340
RD-777 114121
RD Custom6983523271377
RD Standard5824292541265

Pricing

All prices are zone 1 in $US. There is no price difference between the RD 77 and RD 79 instruments

RD Artist RD Custom RD Standard

January 1978
January 1979
June 1979
January 1980

$859
$919
$999
$1099

$759
$819


$659
$699


Last price list appearances are 1/7/80 for the Artist and 1/6/79 for the Custom and Standard

Comparison of prices from the January 1978 Gibson price list

L-5S
Les Paul Custom
RD Artist
SG Custom
ES335TD
RD Custom
Les Paul Standard

$1079
$949
$859
$799
$799
$759
$749

RD Standard
L-6S Custom
SG Standard
S-1
L-6S Deluxe
Marauder

$699
$589
$589
$519-559
$459-499
$419-559

Catalogues

The Gibson RD series appeared in these Gibson catalogues. All three models are listed in the 1978 catalogue, though only the RD Artist appears in the 1980.

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Cleo Comment left 28th December 2011 15:03:55 reply
How much did the Curly Maple Top RDs sell for - presumably more than the non CMT versions. You don't list them.