The Gibson RD guitars were introduced in 1977 and remained on the production line for only five years. They were routed through active electronics. The neck was glued in, in accordance with Gibson tra... Click To Read More About This Product
The Gibson RD guitars were introduced in 1977 and remained on the production line for only five years. They were routed through active electronics. The neck was glued in, in accordance with Gibson tradition, but was made to a 25.5-inch scale length, and carried a maple fingerboard. Body and neck were also both made of maple, all elements intended to contribute to a brighter, snappier tone. It was a clever and well-thought-out piece of guitar design, and won a few devoted fans, but fewer than 1,500 were sold in its three-year run. In response to heavy demand from collectors worldwide, Gibson USA has proudly resurrected this double-cut solidbody. With the same bright sound and innovative design, the Gibson RD's return is cause for celebration.
The Gibson RD Standard Reissue is a fantastic reissue that captures the unique vibe of this unusual electric guitar, but incorporates many of the tried and true features that Gibson fans have come to know and love. It features a "reversed" Firebird style solid mahogany body, a set mahogany neck with a rounded '50s shape, a 22-fret rosewood fretboard, and has the traditional 24-3/4" Gibson scale length.
A Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge provides a firm seating for the strings, and allows the player to adjust and fine-tune the intonation and string height in a matter of minutes. It also yields excellent coupling between strings and body, maximizing resonance, tone, and sustain. A separate "stopbar" tailpiece is designed to further enhance the connection between the strings and the body. Grover kidney shaped machine heads deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. They are die cast and have a gear ratio of 14:1. A special lubricant inside the gearbox provides smooth and accurate tuning stability. All hardware is chrome plated.
The RD Standard Reissue guitar is loaded with Gibson BurstBucker Pro pickups. The BurstBucker Pro enhances the vintage "edge" of Gibson's popular BurstBucker pickups with the added feature of an Alnico 5 magnet. They are wax potted so that they can withstand loud volume pressures without annoying feedback. With the BurstBucker Pro, all "Pure Tone Lovers" can now have stunning humbucking tone.
The Gibson RD guitar comes with a hardshell case.
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