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Gibson RD Artist 40th Anniversary 2018 Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst


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Please make a selection from the drop down menu and browse through the Gibson RD Artist 40th Anniversary 2018 Guitars in Vintage Sunburst that are currently in stock and have been individually photographed/listed by their unique serial number/weight.

Gibson USA is excited to bring back the sophisticated radical rocker of the late '70s with the RD Artist 40th Anniversary guitar. Offering a perfect mixture of classic and contemporary, the Gibson RD Artist 40th Anniversary model comes equipped with a pair of powerful, versatile active GEM pickups. Just like when the RD Artist was first introduced, today's incarnation also comes fitted with premium gold hardware. If you're a pro guitarist looking for a traditional-modern Gibson that goes against the grain, you have to check out this RD Artist 40th Anniversary.

Classic Meets Contemporary
Developed by Gibson in the late '70s to compete with the upgraded models offered by other competitive guitar brands, the RD body has a distinctive shape that's reminiscent of a more heavily contoured reverse Firebird. This iconic late '70s body is paired with an all-solid mahogany construction and a Vintage Sunburst finish for classic looks. A modern addition to the RD, the comfortably rounded mahogany neck is capped with a baked granadillo fingerboard that features 22 cryogenically-treated frets for extended fret life. A nod to old-school Gibson, the headstock even bears that famous Gibson script logo.

A Real Sonic "GEM"
The RD Artist 40th Anniversary guitar comes loaded up with a set of GEM Active Gibson humbuckers, which offers incredible tonal output and amazing sonic flexibility. A great choice for heavier genres like hard rock or metal, the controls include independent volume control for each pickup, a master tone control, and a 3-way pickup switch for easy tonal tailoring.

Top-Shelf Hardware in Gold
Handsomely appointed in gold hardware, the RD Artist 40th Anniversary guitar comes fitted with a set of locking Grover Keystone tuners, an aluminum Tune-O-Matic bridge, and a stopbar tailpiece.


  • "RD" Body Shape Made From Solid Mahogany
  • Mahogany Neck with Baked Granadillo Fretboard
  • GEM Active Gibson Humbucking Pickups
  • Gold Hardware
  • Locking Grover Keystone Tuners
  • Aluminum Tune-O-Matic Bridge/Stopbar Tailpiece
  • Includes Hardshell Case

Get your Gibson RD Artist 40th Anniversary 2018 Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case

Good service from Sam Ash... but no wonder Gibson's in Ch.11


I waited for this reissue for years as I couldn't find a decent 70s Artist model in the vintage market. Unfortunately, the Gibson quality control curse hit me when I opened the case and found this beautiful beast of a guitar with a ding that was clearly a kindergarten manufacturing defect. It was so obvious (cynic, more precisely) that even the nice photograph of the axe in the final tuning stages at the factory that the Gibson folks put in with the rest of the case candy showed it! I was about to take this back and return to my search for the 70s model but then thought that this may give character to the instrument + the Sam Ash folks were nice enough to make this their loss and sweeten the deal with some store credit. Thanks to the Las Vegas manager and guitar tech.

Carlos G



RD Artist 40th Anniversary 2018 Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

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Number Of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.695"
Neck Shape Rounded
Fingerboard Radius 12"
Body Style RD
Neck Type Set Neck
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Baked Granadillo
Body Wood Mahogany
Pickup Configuration H-H
Bridge Pickup GEM Gibson Active
Neck Pickup GEM Gibson Active
Bridge Type Tune-O-Matic with Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuning Machines Locking Grover Keystone
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series Gibson Model Year 2018
Model RD Artist 40th Anniversary 2018
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.  The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

About Gibson:
As one of the most legendary names in music, Gibson guitars have made their way into the hands of countless players ranging from beginners all the way through to some of the world's most iconic players like Slash, Jimmy Page, and Ace Frehley... just to name a few. Sam Ash is proud to be an authorized Gibson dealer, where we carry everything from the more traditional models like the Gibson Les Paul and SG to the more obscure guitars like the Gibson Explorer, Firebird, and Flying V. Trying to find the Gibson guitar of your dreams? Whether you're a budding guitarist, a seasoned pro, or somewhere in between, the knowledgeable musicians on the Sam Ash team are here to help you find your perfect instrument. Give us a call at 1-877-701-5592 and speak to an expert today!