17 responses

  1. jrmsher
    March 12, 2007

    The RD Artist’s volumn knobs are at normal in middle position. If anyone has new volumn knobs on their used RD and wonder why they can’t get a normal sound out of the thing that’s why, your volumns at +5 not 10. Which is confusing, so I guess if you play your RD at 10 you’re actually playing at 15 or something like that. Eat your heart out Spinal Tap.

  2. Ron
    April 7, 2008

    Nice article! I too own a Gibson RD Artist and can attest to the weight – it’s comparable to my LP mahogany custom! Beautiful sound though.

  3. Chris
    April 12, 2008

    I just LOVE IT jrmsher!!! I’m not sure everyone who owns one is aware of that one. Very interesting … some might say!

    Thanx for the your post buddy!

    Keep on Jammin’

  4. Chris
    April 12, 2008

    What year is your RD Ron? To find out check out my link below!

    Keep on Jammin’

  5. Pavo
    June 7, 2008

    I have bought one back in 1979. Played until 1985. During agression on Dubrovnik (Croatia) my house have been burnt as well as my rd artist bass.
    6 months ago band from 70′s asked me to play again. I’ve bought Gibson RD artist bass again because there is no guitar in this world which can give you sound as this “baby”. I love her and I never complaine how heavy she is. I am happy to carry that weight.

  6. Chris
    June 9, 2008

    That’s honestly really sad to here about your problems in your homeland Pavo. All of us here hope that no one will have to go through what you and your country men and women went through.

    It’s a great story to hear and my I be one of the first to welcome you back into the Gibson RD-artists family!!! Do you have a picture of your new baby? If you have one of your old one and new one handy, then I’ll post it on this post for all to see!

    Keep on Jammin’ Pavo

  7. Gibson Guitars
    August 21, 2008

    jrmsher beat me to the Spinal Tap reference, but I’m still going to use it anyway. Play your RD @ 6 so you are actually turning it up to 11! Anyway, congrats on the new guitar. The jealousy flows mightily :)

  8. Chris
    August 21, 2008

    This baby is not that new there Gibson Guitars! I got the thing in 1979!

    And YES. this is a guitar to be jealous about!

    Keep on Jammin’

  9. Pavo
    May 5, 2010

    Chris, I am so sorry I haven’t noticed your comment until today. Would like to send you photographs of my RD artist bass. E-mail address?
    Greetings from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

  10. Charlene
    December 16, 2010

    I am still a very proud owner of this beautiful guitar. I bought her brand spankin new in 1979 right out of the glass show case.
    Yes, she is a lil heavy but I can jam on her for hours on end standing up. She is also so very well balanced,which makes her quite comfortable and oh how I love her sound (that’s why I bought her.) She is still an ebony beauty!!!
    Charlene from MI.

  11. Chris
    December 18, 2010

    Charlene, I’m so happy to her that you are still jammin’ with you musical soul mate after all these years just like I am!

    Vive la RD!!!

  12. Marty
    February 21, 2011

    My Mom purchased my 1979 RD Artist as a graduation present from high school. I had been borrowing a neighbor’s 1972 Les Paul at the time and was playing in a few garage bands and really wanted a Les Paul but the salesman must have thought my Mom was an easy mark and an opportunity to sell what (at the time) was a somewhat unpopular, albeit misunderstood instrument. The RD has stayed with me and I now own 14 guitars and funny thing is, I NEVER owned a Les Paul! I love the RD. Takes some getting used to and lots of notes in my case over the years diagramming switch positions, amp switches, foot pedal positions, etc. Without a thorough understanding and experimentation as to what sound is going to emanate from this thing, one could be overwhelmed and eventually frustrated. With patience however, and patient band members as well)

  13. Marty
    February 21, 2011

    it will be your go to instrument. (hit submit before finished on last comment)! Sorry!

  14. Chris
    February 21, 2011

    Wow, nice comment Marty. I love how you had to do 2 instalments for your comment(s), your the very first to do so my Gibson RD-Artist friend!

    Is it just me Marty or is the RD one heavy S.O.B.!

  15. BJ Brown
    April 8, 2012

    Hello, I have a 1978 or 80 RD artist…black with gold hardware. Years ago a friend of mine removed the circuit board and wired it as a 4 knob standard les paul…….I am wanting to find a replacement board and get it back to its original state…any help as to where to start this journey for parts would be great….need the circuit boards, 3 toggle switches and that’s it.

  16. Mitchell
    October 7, 2012

    I use a79 rd artist I bought second hand in nice shape around 1999. What a weird and magical guitar. I knew it was for me from my first strum in the shop with no amp. rings like a bell. Amplified it’s from another planet. took me a couple years to really be at peace with the crazy switching and active tone controls. It’s always tuned to open slack chords as it’s a little tough to play tuned standard. I’ve created many original songs that I’m sure were only possible because of this instrument. I use it so much that it’s had a complete refret and ready for an other. The only guitar i own that I have not modified. Its also time to replace the moog switch and have no idea where to get one. May have to have one fabricated for me or something.

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