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Gibson RD Standard Electric Guitar

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The Gibson RD guitars were introduced in 1977 and remained on the production line for only five years. They were routed through active electronics. T...Click To Read More About This Product

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An unusual reissue with features that Gibson fans know and love.

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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  • Model name: RD Standard Reissue
  • Model number: DSRDTACH1
  • Body style: reversed Firebird solid body
  • Body wood: mahogany
  • Finish: lacquer
  • Colors: ebony, transparent amber
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Headstock Inlay: mother of pearl of Gibson logo
  • Tuners: Grover kidney shaped
  • Nut: Corian
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Neck profile: '50s rounded
  • Neck joint: set
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Fingerboard radius: 12"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Fret type: Jumbo
  • Fingerboard inlays: dots
  • Hardware plating: chrome
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: stopbar
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson BurstBucker Pro
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson BurstBucker Pro
  • Pickup selector: 3-way toggle switch
  • Controls: 2 volume, 1 tone
  • Pickguard: multi-ply Black
  • Case: Hardshell Gibson guitar case

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


RD Collector

By Pavlo (The Era Of)

from Montreal Canada

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So as a huge fan of the Gibson RD Series I was one of the first to order this model the day it came out, I?ve been playing it for a few weeks now and have the following to say about it.First it should be stated that my favorite guitar in my collection (currently at 25 guitars, including 3 RD?s) is my 1978 RD Custom. I've logged over 10 000 hours on that guitar in the last 7 years and know every inch of that guitar front and back.This New RD is nothing like that guitar. But that's not necessarily a bad thing...This new RD is what I would call a Les Paul lovers RD. Having a few Pauls myself if I close my eyes I feel like I'm playing one of my old Les Pauls with a chunky 59 neck. The Neck on this model is a shorter scale (also similar to the Les Paul) than the original RD (Standard and Custom) witch had the longer scale as well as a much thinner and faster neck. Also the original neck was made of maple and on some models (The Custom) also had a maple fret board, This one is Rocking the ?Classic Gibson? Mahogany with Rosewood set up, making it Darker sounding that the original line. While they made the neck fatter they also increased the thickness of the body to be about as thick as a Les Paul, where the original RD was closer to an SG in thickness adding some weight to this new version. I assume this modification was made to accommodate the side mounted input Jack (again like a Les Paul) where the original jack was mounted on the face of the guitar (again like an SG). However, the thicker Body and Neck add to this guitars tone, giving it a beefy tone more akin to that of a Les Paul than the original RD. Also adding to the likeness of the Les Paul is the Mahogany body and neck where the original was an all Maple guitar. This will of course change the tone in a manor that will bring it?s overall sound closer to that of a Les Paul. Add a maple top and I bet it would be identical. I do have to comment that the guitar build is flawless and the set up out of the box was maybe 2 tweaks and a Pack of strings away from perfect. So what am I getting at?If you love RD?s because of the Slim Body and Neck, as well as the long scale and the weird active electronics, this is not the guitar for you. If you love the RD shape and look but want a guitar that sounds and plays more like your favorite Les Paul, this is a perfect solution. Or in my case this is a reason for me to own another RD since it?s different enough from my ?78 to be considered a ?different guitar?.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


I don't get it

By The Dude

from NC

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We had a wonderful unique model from the 70's with all maple construction, active electronics and a 25.5 inch scale. Due to popular demand we reissued it in all its glory!!! It has all mahogany construction and a 24.75 inch sacle and we don't include the same electronics............So how is this a Gibson RD? I'm not knocking the guitar but don't call it a reissue if the only thing that resembles the original is its shape.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


It's ok....

By NorlinMan

from Jersey

Here's the thing: the RD (stood for "Research & Development") was supposed to distill into one instrument all the best and most useful features of an electric guitar, with many sporting souped up electronics. Early models were made in Kalamazoo and they really are sweet to play.While "best" is of course subjective, the new version has little in common with its ancestor apart from body shape. To me, this is simply another body shape to which Gibson has attached their standard 24" neck. So if you like this neck, you'll probably like the guitar okay. But if you want a real RD, find a used one. Those typically have the longer neck scale, and fat, flat frets; and they are truly one of the undervalued axes you can find out there.


Great Classic Rock & Blues Axe

By Joey-HVh.x

from Philadelphia

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When these went on sale I picked one up. What sold me besides the price was the neck shape (50's)and the BurstBucker Pro pickups. If you close your eyes and play/listen your would swear it was a great Les Paul Standard pre chambered. The Les Paul does have a maple cap and this does not but the tone is very close. The finish is very nice, no quality issues. The case is heavy, nice. This is best deal for a quality Gisbon with a gloss nitro finish and proper hard case. The silver sunburst RD they had a couple of years ago had ceramic pickups and was more suited to distorted tones. This RD can sing sweet but if you push it with a pedal or a dimed amp you will get some great harmonics and grit. A very nice blues axe and the shape of the guitar gives it some attitude. The guitar is not light, has the weight of my 89 Les Paul, just under 9 pounds. The 50's neck is chunky and I am sure that helps with the tone. Reminds me of the necks on the 59 Les Paul reissues. I love my 89 Les Paul Standard, the neck on the RD is thicker but not too big for me. The fret ends did stick out a little bit, I took care of that, cost me $50 for that and a proper set up. I do not fault Gibson for that, I have had many expensive guitar with the same fret issues, but it is a quick and easy fix for any good guitar tech. The set up is a personal matter and that really needs to be done to every factory guitar. If you like the RD shape and Les Paul Standard type tone this guitar might be a good fit for you. Good luck!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson RD Standard

By Donald Silvia

from New England

Two Burstbucker pro Humbuckers sound great. Nice 50's rounded neck feels good even in small hands. Rosewood fretboard is excellent. Nice Grover tuners! Great tone for classic rock or blues!
For the price it's build is exceptional. Great finish.It looks and feels great. It would look real nice with edge binding but that would probably drive the price up! The picture on the web page doesn't do it justice. Comes with chrome covered pick ups!
It is an excellent value for the money!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson RD - sonic bliss

By thejay

from PA

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I am very pleased with this guitar, I also have the GOW RD model in Silverburst. RDs are very rare unique guitars. Awesome sound, great feel, what more could you ask for in a guitar?
Standard features except for a shorter scale, two beautifully wound Burstbucker Pro pickups, two volume, two tone, nice chunky 50s neck.
Great quality overall however I noticed the guitar was painted (Ebony model) a little less than it should have been on the cutaway. Nothing that changes the amazing sound of the guitar but an honest review.
Overall value is fantastic for this guitar you get the RD model and sound of a favorite LP - score


Smoking Blues Axe

By Jon-7MJO5

from New Jersey

I was looking for a Les Paul but found this and thought the price was very resonable for what it included. First I wanted a 50's neck, a gloss nitro finish, Gibson alinco humbuckers, regular enclosed Grover tuners (not vintage style) and a nice hard case. So it was going to be a LP Studio or this. I am glad I purchased the RD. It came with chrome pickup covers instead of the open coils as shown in the picture here. That was nice! It was set up near perfect from the factory and the neck shape was just what I wanted for lots of string bending. The shape is very comfortable and it stands out from the pack of ordinary Les Pauls, but is still a Gibson. I do not think you can go wrong here.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


RD Standard 2011

By Antonio Inigo

from USA

Si buscas una guitarra con calidad,terminacion,detalles modernos para sacar esa musica Rockera,Blues,Country y hacerlo muy comodamente en sonido perfecto y clasico de Gibson.Es esta la que se gana a todas/ Es una SG/Les Paul version mejorada...!!!!
Su forma es sensual y puedes descansar tu brazo derecho en la guitarra...!!! Lo que hace que sea extremadamente comoda..a la Firebird.
Es una clasica Gibson. Burstbuckers enchapados en nickel,Groovers,Caoba en cuello y cuerpo de alta calidad.,diapazon en palisandro de la India, terminaciones perfectas y entonacion y altura de cuerdas perfectas.Se esmeraron en hacer una pieza perfecta.Trastes Jumbo...!!!
El detalle a la perfeccion en terminados es excelente. No he visto imperfecciones en el terminado.
Es una pieza hecha para durar muchos a os.Su precio muy razonable hara que mantenga su valor indefinidamente.

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