Gibson RD Artist Bass 1978 Antique Maple
Maple body, set maple neck with ebony fingerboard. Active Moog electronics with built in compression and expansion modes. 34 1/2 inch scale.
Headstock looks phenomenal. Frets and fretboard are looking awesome. The body is looking to be in great shape with some strum markings. There appears to be lower mileage on this one!
Moog electronics work fine and have been checked over.
The RD Artist bass controls are not straightforward. The top switch – or trick switch, has three positions: compression/expansion, neutral and bright/lead mode. The switch below is the pickup selector. The compression only affects the neck pickup, whilst expansion only affects the bridge pickup.
Inlaid Gibson logo, with mother-of-pearl ‘flying f-hole’, designed by Gibson employee Chuck Burge. The lightning bolt through the f-hole signifies this to be an active instrument. The truss rod is typical Gibson bell-shape, with model designation and revealed edge.
All RD basses were fitted with the Gibson 3 point bridge; the bass could be strung from the bridge, as in this one, or, with extra long strings strung through the body.