Gibson Rd Guitars ( 1977 - 1982 )
During the late 70s synthesizers were hitting an all time high in popularity especially brand names like the moog .
Gibson being one of the biggest names in guitar strategically hooked up with "moog" hoping to re-capture ground that electric guitars were apparently loosing to the new synths and keyboards .
The result was the launch of a new line of electric guitars and basses in 1977 called the rd series named after the research and development team which brought electronic circuitry to gibson instruments for the first time .
Three RD electric guitar models were made ( RD Standard , RD Custom , and the gibson RD Artist) , one of the more interesting features of these guitars is that some were fitted with a bob moog compression and expansion preamp .
Despite gibsons ambitions , rd guitars were short lived and many guitar players disliked the active circuitry not to mention the body design ..... The shape of the body was like a weird looking reversed firebird .
In 1977 the gibson rd standard had a double cut solidbody , 2 humbuckers , stop tailpiece , rosewood fingerboard , dot inlays , chrome parts , large backplate , and were made in natural , walnut or sunburst finishes . Discontinued in 1979 .
The gibson rd custom had basically the same specs like the rd standard but with active electronics , and were made with maple fingerboards . Discontinued in 1979 .
The gibson rd artist had active electronics , 2 humbuckers , a tp-6 tailpiece , tune-o-matic bridge , large backplate , ebony finerboards with block inlays , 3 piece mahogany necks , gold plated parts , pearl logo and were made in various finishes . Discontinued in 1982 .
Rd guitars are not favorites amongst many guitar players , however they are hard to find and almost doubled in price since 2000 , its a great guitar to keep or to buy for investment and not worth selling at the moment unless you really need the money ... ( my opinion ) .
Every guitar gibson made has its place in history and paved the way for other great guitar models in the years to come .
( " The rd series points to a strong awareness by the major guitar companies of the march of electronics and new techniques that can be incorporated in guitar design ".... by Ken Achard author of History and Development of the American Guitar . )
Vintage Guitar Price Value :
1977 - 1979 > $1000 to $1400 ( RD Standard )
1977 - 1979 > $1150 to $1500 ( RD Custom )
1977 - 1982 > $1200 to $1600 ( RD Artist )
Avg Upward Trend Of 11% A Year Since 2000 ( For All Models )
Prices are according to 4 different vintage guitar price guides and rounded off to the nearest dollar.
If your lucky you can find gibson rd guitars for sale on ebay , however you won't find them on a regular basis ....
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