Well, it looks like yet another online guitar retailer has inadvertently released specs and photos of a not-yet-announced guitar from Gibson’s Guitar Of The Week program, this one being GOTW #48––the RD Standard Reissue Silverburst.
Yep, what you’re looking at is a reissue of the ill-fated RD Standard, circa the late ’70s, finished off in Gibson’s popular Silverburst lacquer finish, and bearing the original instrument’s 25 1/2 scale length.
Unfortunately, being an RD Standard (not an Artist or Custom model,) the guitar is lacking what is easily the most unique feature of the whole RD line––an active pre-amp circuit developed by MOOG (making the RD Gibson’s first “active” guitar,) and including onboard compression and expansion.
The guitar does, however, sport a pair of Gibson’s dangerously high-output Dirty Fingers Humbuckers, which combine a custom wire gauge with extra winding counts to offer far more distortion than your run-of-the-mill humbucker.
If the published specs hold true, the RD Standard Reissue will feature a Firebird-style body made of mahogany, C-shaped mahogany neck, rosewood fretbord with 22 frets (12″ radius,) Kluson tuners, 3-way pickup switching, and a hardshell case.
Finally… an interesting re-issue from Gibson’s Guitar Of The Week series…