1978 Gibson RD guitar and bass catalog. Page 6 - details of the RD Artist bass: neck specifications, body specifications and electronic specifications. The RD Artist bass was an active instrument with the same built-in effects as the RD Artist guitar: bright mode, expansion/compression - though without the gold hardware, it was significantly less expensive at $699 (May 1978 pricing), compared to $859 of the guitar.
Finish options for the RD Artist bass included natural and tobacco sunburst as shown here, but also ebony and fireburst.
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