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Why is nobody talking about the 2018 GIBSON RD BASS?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by theNecatoR, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    Dear Zeus, I saw it yesterday evening and I was salivating like a starving pavlovian dog in a church.

    It has tons of features! (that I don't like)
    Those new Gibson open pole pickups (that sound extremely good).
    A redesigned pickguard.
    And a switchable active system with bass, trebble and parametric mids (with a wonky layout).
    Also it comes with a babicz full contact bridge (that I like).


    It's maple all the way, with a rosewood fretboard and comes in natural or in ebony.

    Like you noticed, it has a lot of things that I despise, but I'm still GASing hard, because it's a motherflippin' RD!

    I'm getting mine in Ebony... if I somehow get the $

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  2. And they left the 'Flying Shrimp' inlay off the headstock ! ! !
  3. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    I'd love to be excited, but most Gibson reissues look reasonably close to the originals, but sound nothing like em :/
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017
  4. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    I've been hoarding a couple of NOS RD pickups for years waiting for this day. I'll put a Delano Sonar or an Aguilar in it though, gibson preams have always been meh.
  5. SonnyBassPlayer


    Nov 29, 2013
    I just got a natural+rosewood+black headstock G&L and my OCD totally tells me to get the natural RD.
    I always liked this bass but as I grow I appreciate the strap button at the 12th fret. Gosh. I want one anyway.
  6. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Well, they are pretty :)
  7. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Pretty cool. How ridicules is the price?
  8. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    It looks nice but it looks like a shoulder killer.
    Kubicki Fan, Liam Wald and Morrighan like this.
  9. theNecatoR


    Jun 23, 2012
    $1699 or 1699€
    Bloody conversion rate.
  10. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Someone tell Brian Cook!
    de1orean, Barbaric.Eric, PWV and 3 others like this.
  11. Trouztrouz


    Feb 6, 2013
    Is the idea here that one of Pavlov's dogs would salivate a lot in church because of the church bell?
  12. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    5 String? - Yea, I know...
  13. 4dog


    Aug 18, 2012
    All basses that are body shapes like this...look like a straw broom that was used wet and set into a corner...they just do.
  14. MotorCityMinion


    Jun 15, 2017
    I'm gasin' for a better cut away and some skilled woodworkers to make those edge rads tangent. Seems like the last few basses Gibson put out were made by junior high shop students. Cool bass none the less.
  15. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    A short or medium scale would make sense with that body style
    dmt, jonnybass1, yodedude2 and 3 others like this.
  16. Morrighan

    Morrighan La Contessa Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Isle of Everywhere
    Yeap. When the ad copy states [FairUse] ... it's this dense weight that conjures maximum attack, articulation, and sustain ... [/FairUse] I know to GAS elsewhere. My eyes love the RD, my ears will probably love the RD, but my body has another opinion. And I listen to my body.
  17. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I wants one. Bad. But I'll most likely never get one. Just out of my price range. God they are beautiful though!!
  18. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I applaud Gibson for building this... It's an interesting take on a classic design. I couldn't imagine how expensive a dead on reissue would run, if even possible (not that this one is cheap).

    I like this one.

    Moonshine :bassist:
  19. nbsipics

    nbsipics Ours' is the only Reality of Consequence Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Where is the Moog pre? Could have put it in the general universe of a Wal?
    ( very general universe )
    Dan B, Korladis and Gaolee like this.
  20. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I’ll have no opinion until I can get to try one. Hopefully it won’t be as disappointing as the Ripper II “reissue” was.

    BTW - why are these things called reissues when they’re not? The heart and soul of the Norlin era Gibson basses was their unique electronics. If you change the pickups and the tonestack in those, you have a different bass despite the cosmetic similarities. Reusing a discontinued model name and body shape isn’t a reissue. It’s more like a “recycle.”

    Or so I think. But I’m just a crabby old longtime Gibson bass player. So what do I know? ;)
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