Gibson RD Standard Natural



Product Details

The RD Standard bass was launched alongside the active RD artist in 1977, and sold just over 900 instruments to 1979 when production ceased. Both guitars were produced side by side at Gibson's Kalamazoo plant, Michigan, USA. The Standard was the passive model, fitted with two newly designed Gibson series III /series IV humbuckers unique to this model. The body was solid maple, typically three-piece, with a three-piece laminated set maple neck. Fingerboards were either maple (for the Natural models) or Ebony (for the black models).


As mentioned above, the Standard was fully passive, and therefore featured vastly simpler electrics than the RD Artist: just a volume control for each pickup, and a master tone control, each topped with a black speed knob, numbered 0-10 (see RD Standard circuit details here. The pickups were described as 'explosive' in the 1978 catalogue. Being all-maple, and long scale, all RD basses had a distinctly brighter sound than many of the older mahogany short scale Gibson basses, irrespective of any circuitry, and their very original styling was a major contrast to the very much fifties and sixties bias of the EB series basses. They were heavy though; in fact the Standard, with it's smaller control cavity than the Artist was the heaviest of all Gibson basses, typically weighing around 5kg.

The RD Standard was offered in two finishes: Natural and Ebony. 

  • Nut width: 40mm
  • String spacing: 18mm
  • Scale length: 34"
  • Weight: 5.12kg

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