The Gibson RD Artist was intruduced as a 120th Anniversary celebrations. This is a new rendition of the innovative Gibson RD that first hit the scene in the ’70s. Blending a stylized take on Gibson’s legendary reverse-body Firebird models with the elegance of Custom appointments and cutting-edge contemporary performance and playability, the Gibson RD Artist hits the ground running as one of the most versatile and powerful models in the Gibson stable. Groundbreaking new active pickups, top-notch playability, and Custom-style appointments are all wrapped in an elegant Alpine White finish in nitrocellulose lacquer to make the Gibson RD™ Artist a great option for any style of music.
The Gibson RD Artist begins with a foundation of time-tested tonewoods, including a solid mahogany body and neck, and a one-piece, Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, plus “120th Anniversary” 12th fret inlay. The Custom theme continues with a multi-ply bound headstock with pearloid Gibson logo and “flying f-hole” inlay plus gold plated hardware, including pickup covers, locking Grover™ tuners, Tune-o-matic bridge, and TP6 stopbar with fine-tuning. The key to the Gibson RD Artist’s performance, though, lies in its innovative new GEM Gibson Active humbucking pickups, made with traditional Alnico II magnets and 42 AWG wire, but in an active design that offers unprecedented power, fidelity and sustain. They are routed through independent volume controls, a master tone, and three-way selector toggle.
Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian. www.gibson.com