Greetings Colin, Members, Honored Guests, and Single Cell Organisms.
I was looking for some references and found you posted the pdf the Gibson had sent me when I purchased my Gibson 1977 RD Artist. Very cool! I hope others find the concept as inspiring as I did when I first learned of this amazing guitar.
What makes this guitar so special? The Moog Guitar Electronics!!
Gibson being one of the biggest names in guitar strategically hooked up with "moog"
hoping to re-capture ground that electric guitars were apparently loosing to the new synths and keyboards .
The result was the launch of a new line of electric guitars and basses in 1977 called the rd series named after the research and development team which brought electronic circuitry to gibson instruments for the first time .
Three RD electric guitar models were made ( RD Standard , RD Custom , and the gibson RD Artist) , one of the more interesting features of these guitars is that some were fitted with a bob moog
compression and expansion preamp .
Unfortunately the previous owner of my RD pulled out the moog electronics and converted it to a straight inactive guitar.
So as the story is, I now have the schematics and on a quest to re-create the PCB and return my RD to its once glorified beginnings.
The cavity that hold the board in the guitar is huge. Below are some pics.
The first is actually mine hanging in my office.
And the other is a picture i found on the internet of the back of the pc board that should be in there.
I have yet to find a picture of the front of the board. If anyone finds one please post.
So, thats my story. Wish me luck- I'm going to need it!
As always be safe!"Sent through time and space"