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Gibson RD Standard Reissue Electric Guitar

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The spacey-looking RD Standard electric guitar was named after Gibson's Research and Development team, and designed to keep up with the growing popul...Click To Read More About This Product

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A limited edition with looks and a sound all its own.

The spacey-looking RD Standard electric guitar was named after Gibson's Research and Development team, and designed to keep up with the growing popularity of synthesizers in the late '70s. This rare bird is back, with a double cut mahogany solid body, stop tailpiece, rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, chrome parts, and the super cool Silverburst finish.

The RD reissue guitar also sports 2 Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups. These Gibson pickups are extreme-output units designed for more of everything. They produce much more clarity and way more volume than a traditional humbucker with an incredibly aggressive, wide response. The Dirty Fingers pickups are wax-potted to eliminate unwanted microphonic feedback. This is a limited run of only 400 RD guitars from Gibson.

FEATURES
Body Wood: Mahogany
Scale Length: 25-1/2"
Neck Joint: Set-in
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Shape: C-Shaped
Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.695"
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Bridge: Fixed
Pickup Bridge: Dirty Fingers Humbucker
Pickup Neck: Dirty Fingers Humbucker
Controls: Volume / Volume / Tone / Tone
Tuners: Kluson
Hardware color: Chrome
Pickup selector: 3-way
Finish: Lacquer
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4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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So Glad They Finally Reissued These

I have been wanting an RD with 'passive' electronics for about 10 years now. I missed the chance at the Silverburst SGs and just couldn't pass this up! The guitar is great,...Read complete review

I have been wanting an RD with 'passive' electronics for about 10 years now. I missed the chance at the Silverburst SGs and just couldn't pass this up! The guitar is great, the finish is gorgous, and it DOES come with a beautiful case with white lining.Don't let the 50's style, C-shaped neck throw you off -I usually play SG's and Explorers with a slim-taper neck, and this is definitly thicker, but it dosen't feel like you're holding a log! Also, the neck joint/heel is further up the neck (about the 15th fret) so you shredders might be put off by this.The desciption here is a little off ...it has 3 controls: 2 volume and 1 tone (the knob closest to the bridge P/U is the neck P/U volume and the middle knob is for the Bridge P/U volume).Overall, this guitar is very well balanced, the pickups are hot, but offer a great balanced tonal pallet, and it is extremely comfortable to play!I absolutly love mine!

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play before you buy !

this gtar is well made, but really not for everyone. it's *very* heavy, awkwardly balanced towards the tail. Odd to sit and play with it. the bridge is so close to...Read complete review

this gtar is well made, but really not for everyone. it's *very* heavy, awkwardly balanced towards the tail. Odd to sit and play with it. the bridge is so close to the pickup, makes palm muting difficult. there's only 1 tone knob, and it's useless. the sound can be very heavy, muddy, growly-if you like that, great! sounds crap clean. be sure you play this thru your specific amp, and many amps in general. not versitile enough for me, maybe just what you want. comes with a very nice hard case, useless manual, and usual tools. it's very specific and definately not for all. didn't notice any fret buzz, and the neck is painted black. there's not two tones like the des. says. most of all, you must listen to The Rahnu.

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5.0

Great Axe

By D-aTICb

from Maryland

This reissue of the Gibson RD is money! A great sounding Gibson, playability is smooth and for the price, you just can't beat it. I own an '81 Gibson RD Artist as well - exact same feel and I actually like the reissue better. The Silverburst color is gorgeous and if you're looking for something unique with that Gibson sound at a great price, don't hesitate. And only 400 made! Note: although the description on this page doesn't mention it, the RD DOES come with a fitted hardshell case with beautiful white interior!

 
5.0

a ltd edition gibson for how much!!!!!!!!!!!!

By gibsongetter

from west virginia

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how can you discribe a gibson in 3 words tone,power,versatility,i absolutely love my new gibson it is better than any other guitar i ever put my hands on even my buddy's 76' les paul standard cant touch this beast,it spits fire when you want and is as clean as a tele when ya need it,i can play somthin heavy as "hole in the sky"then switch amp channels and play "tangerine", and it is also addictive i cant put it down,it will blow your mind,way to go gibson

 
5.0

A fun guitar

By RD_Artist

from Alpharetta, GA

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I just recently bought this guitar, I also own a 81 Rd Artist Bass, this is not a true reissue, with the electronic config on the original Rd was 2 volume 2 tone this one has 2 volume 1 tone and has the dirty fingers pickups.The finish and fit on this guitar is flawless, there are no visible blemishes and the mahogany body is very light.not like the original maple body,I didn't really like the tone at first,I thought it was too bright for my tastes but rolling back off the tone pot produced the nice warm tone that I like, I was considering replacing the pickups but I believe the Dirty Fingers will work very nicely in this guitar.Overall this guitar is an excellent value and very nice to play and is a versatile guitar.I recomend buying this one.

 
5.0

Awesome Axe

By Ace Thunders

from New York, NY

OK. Why would gibson make a limited run reissue with lame o dot inlays? Come on? Binding on the neck would have been nice too. But I'm picky. I love my Les Paul, but tired of being just like everyone else who is getting a neck tattoo and a Les Paul. So I switched to Firebirds. Firebirds are great, but the balance is weird (I sing and play guitar) in that it's so head stock heavy yet it's a real light guitar. This guitar is perfectly balanced. Heavy like a Paul, but not the standard fair. And let's face it. Most Gibsons are over priced for what you are getting. With this baby, you are getting a kick a** guitar for sure!

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1.0

You don't see one of these everyday!

By Brian Roller

from Lima, OH

Overall a great axe if you play dirty. Not too good though a clean channel on your amp
a little lacking in the features area, twin dirty fingers humbuckers, two volume, one tone, access to the upper frets is limited and the neck is reminiscent of a Louisville Slugger (so if you're a carnie with small hands, this ain't the axe for you). It's heavy too.
well made, it's a gibson

 
5.0

So Glad They Finally Reissued These

By Doomsayer666

from Atlanta, GA

I have been wanting an RD with 'passive' electronics for about 10 years now. I missed the chance at the Silverburst SGs and just couldn't pass this up! The guitar is great, the finish is gorgous, and it DOES come with a beautiful case with white lining.Don't let the 50's style, C-shaped neck throw you off -I usually play SG's and Explorers with a slim-taper neck, and this is definitly thicker, but it dosen't feel like you're holding a log! Also, the neck joint/heel is further up the neck (about the 15th fret) so you shredders might be put off by this.The desciption here is a little off ...it has 3 controls: 2 volume and 1 tone (the knob closest to the bridge P/U is the neck P/U volume and the middle knob is for the Bridge P/U volume).Overall, this guitar is very well balanced, the pickups are hot, but offer a great balanced tonal pallet, and it is extremely comfortable to play!I absolutly love mine!

 
4.0

VTT bettern than VVT

By Slimfinger-6QUwo

from Bangkok, Thailand

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I've played this guitar, liked the feel and the overall tone. But why why why is Gibson putting two volumes and a master tone? Much more useful would be two tones and one master vol. That way you could adjust the tone for each pickup, and twist one vol to control either and/or both. They did the same thing with the LPBFG, doesn't make sense. With a VTT config I'd give it 5 for features.

 
3.0

play before you buy !

By BadShelby

from Seattle

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this gtar is well made, but really not for everyone. it's *very* heavy, awkwardly balanced towards the tail. Odd to sit and play with it. the bridge is so close to the pickup, makes palm muting difficult. there's only 1 tone knob, and it's useless. the sound can be very heavy, muddy, growly-if you like that, great! sounds crap clean. be sure you play this thru your specific amp, and many amps in general. not versitile enough for me, maybe just what you want. comes with a very nice hard case, useless manual, and usual tools. it's very specific and definately not for all. didn't notice any fret buzz, and the neck is painted black. there's not two tones like the des. says. most of all, you must listen to The Rahnu.

 
5.0

Simply Amazing

By Cookin128

from Kansas

I have read some mixed reviews about this guitar and I've got to say I have owned many guitars (Fender, Gibson, PRS, Epiphone) and this is one great axe. Literally as soon as I pulled it out of the box it was ready to rock. The strings were even in tune! This is a great Gibson at a bargain price. I would put this one up against a Les Paul any day of the week, and those Dirty Fingers are simply sweet. You won't get all the sonic range like you would out of PAFs or '57 classics, butlet's be honest, there's only one reason to buy this guitar and that's for rockin'.

 
5.0

I loved my RD Custom

By The Ax Guy

from Pahrump, NV

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Back in the 1970s, Gibson had the RD Standard, Custom, and Artist. The Custom and Artist had an active tone system which was designed by Bob Moog, bit it was terrible. However, the other features of these two models made them much nicer than the Standard.The Custom (I owned one) had a sweet maple fretboard with black dot markers. The Artist had an ebony fretboard with abalone blocks, and the "over-flowing goblet" inlay on the peghead.IMO, it's unfortunate that Gibson is in the habit of re-doing classics instead of doing new-and-improved versions. The RD Artist with a typical 2vol/2tone/3waySw would have been a much nicer offering than the plain-jane Standard.

 
3.0

A Big Fat SG

By Duke-qtDtF

from Yonkers

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Just got it and what a bummer, first off it is not a 25 1/2 scale, it's 24 3/4. The neck is fat same neck joint and strap button location as an SG but it doesn't have the upper fret reach. thicker body too. The neck is very black could be ebony. it came with very low action and straight neck no releaf. The all the strings buzzzzz'd all over the fret board, who lets these out of the factor like this, terrible, so she needs a setup. The finish good all over except a so so job around the fret board and body joint. The wood does not show thru. Tuners & bridge are tight and solid and hold good. Frets seem to have a nice finish. Can't real say how she sounds because she is basically un playable as is out of the box.

 
5.0

WOW!

By Huey777

from Portland, TN

This guitar is amazing! The fret board is so quick and easy to play on. It's a shame that only 400 have been made. The Dirty Fingers Pick-Ups are the icing on the cake. They sound amazing and are (I think) the best sounding I've heard. For all you metal heads, put down your Ibenez, Washburn, Schecter, Dean, ESP, and Jackson this is THE guitar you've been waiting for.

 
5.0

A great guitar!

By Kurtz

from Denver, CO

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The 50's neck profile is wonderful, unless you have exceptionally tiny hands. Lastly, I find the control layout perfect for my needs. Tone controls are nowhere near as useful as volume controls, IMHO - I often remove them entirely from my guitars! This is one of the best, most useful, great sounding guitars I've ever played in my 40 years of strumming. The Dirty Fingers pickups are awesome, to boot. Well-balanced, beautifully made. Yes, it may need a set-up after a year in the box, but that is to be expected.

 
5.0

Silverbursting with goodness

By CougarMicrobe

from Montana

A super-duper geetar if you ask me. First off, this is an absolutely magnificent specimen of a rare breed of instruments. The finish is eye catching and well done, I dig it. And, this un will stand out in a crowd. A great way to break free from the average and bordinaring. But, the ride doesn't stop there! The growly tones produced by those dirty finger guys are wonderful. A great metal/hard rock/high gain whatever wood hunk. Plays nice too. Only thing is that its sonic spectrum is not very broad. And the one tone knob doesn't do a great deal. But, all around, a great toy.....................................//sticky

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