Gibson Les Paul Artist
1980 Gibson guitar, bass and banjo catalogue, page 19
Gibson 1980 guitar and bass catalogue. Page 19. Details of the Les Paul Artist. This one of Gibsons early active guitars, along with the ES Artist and RD Artist. It was launched in 1979, and this is its first, and only, catalogue appearance.
July 1980 US price for the Les Paul Artist was $1299; the (joint) most expensive solid body guitar; the Flying V II was also listed at $1299.