Forty years after its initial release, Gibson is bringing the radical design of their RD solidbody electric guitar back. The RD Artist 40th Anniversary boasts the sought-after curvacious body lines and thick, resonating tone from its mahogany construction. The guitar's mahogany neck is carved to a comfortable, rounded profile and is capped with toneful baked granadillo. Yet the soul of the RD Artist 40th Anniversary is Gibson's active GEM pickups that push a ton of output while still remaining articulate and detailed.
With the resurgence in popularity of offset guitar designs, players have rediscovered the unique rocker that is the Gibson RD. Originally released in the 1970s, this model melds the feel and look of Gibson's legendary Firebird and Les Paul into a shape all its own. True to the prized Gibson formula, the RD Artist 40th Anniversary is carved from high-quality mahogany for a throaty tone with plenty of sustain. And its 24.75" scale length ensures a slinky feel while nailing the iconic Gibson tone.
As if the RD Artist 40th Anniversary didn't already pack enough attitude, Gibson outfitted this solidbody with a duet of their active GEM humbucking pickups. These humbuckers sing with the familiar, rich harmonic punch of passive designs, and their extra output and detail in the high end. Far from a one-trick pony, the GEM pickups also offer players of any style a wide palette of clean and dirty tones to explore.
The Gibson RD Artist 40th Anniversary electric guitar is dressed in enough bling to ensure it captures attention on every stage it graces. The warm hues of its mahogany body translate effortlessly through the guitar's nitrocellulose finish. A vintage-style, script Gibson logo adorns the headstock in a throwback fashion. And gold hardware is found throughout, including the guitar's incredibly stable locking Grover tuning machine heads. Includes Case & Case candy.