1978 GIBSON RD ARTIST
The RD was available with a Bob Moog active electronics option in 1978. This model was named RD Artist.
Other 1978 Gibson RD Artist characteristics: Pearloid inlaid Gibson logo on the headstock with "i" dot disconnected from the "G' and closed "o", ornate pearloid inlay centered on headstock, two screw truss rod cover including model name, serial number stamp on back of headstock, "MADE IN U.S.A." stamp on back of headstock between the tuners, Schaller BM tuners with Gibson name on gear plate, volute on headstock back, unbound maple or rosewood 20-fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, glued in neck, black/white/black/white/black pickguard, two large black plastic pickups, four black speed knobs including numbers, three pole bridge, two toggle switches, strapholder on body back, string thru body grommets, input jack on body front, two large plastic controls access covers on body back, rectangular black Tolex case including Gibson name and pink or red interior, brochure.
Gibson production totals show 1402 Artists were shipped in 1978. Gibson continued the eight digit serial number headstock dating scheme in 1978. Ex: YDDDYPPP- The first and fifth letter indicate year of production. The second, third and fourth letters indicate the day of production within the year. The sixth, seventh and eighth letters indicate the manufacturing plant: 001 to 499 shows production rank at the Kalamazoo factory and 500 to 999 shows production rank at the Nashville factory.