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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #135 on: December 05, 2017, 07:26:46 AM »
Yeah, the few bassers on the local guitar board I hang at were likewise not so hot on it. ... not quite as ignorant as some of the FB commenters who don't realise its not a new design; guitar players - whatchagonnado.
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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #136 on: December 05, 2017, 10:46:10 AM »
It seems obvious that most of those negative comments on its appearance come from people who have never seen the original RD. No problem, there were plenty of detractors back in the day. The design isn't for everyone.

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« Reply #137 on: December 05, 2017, 02:52:13 PM »
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« Reply #138 on: December 11, 2017, 02:49:59 PM »
It seems obvious that most of those negative comments on its appearance come from people who have never seen the original RD. No problem, there were plenty of detractors back in the day. The design isn't for everyone.

Yup, the look of the RD (and the weight!) was divisive even when they were introduced in the latish 70ies, Fender people hated them even where they had to admit that they didn't sound bad (or from a Fender player's viewpoint: better than anything Gibson had offered before). To me it's more of an "axe" in feel than the thin-bodied and sleek-necked TBird which feels elegant in one's hands, the RD is much more robust in handling and feel, more "take no prisoners". There are days when I like that.

But OTOH it is a design that has hardly been copied by others - they were introduced too late for Japanese pre-lawsuit copycats to flood the market, and until the Nirvana guy picked one up again, they were largely forgotten (or often mistaken as Thunderbirds, kind of like the Corsair/Hellcat conundrum).
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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #139 on: December 11, 2017, 03:30:36 PM »
The new Fantomen of Hagstrom (guitar only) is nice. And of course there were some other RD kinda basses . Forgot which brand(s), but not many indeed.

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« Reply #140 on: December 11, 2017, 04:24:48 PM »
Yeah, the guys from Ghost dig the shape.



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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #141 on: December 11, 2017, 04:28:58 PM »
How is the neck thickness of the RD compared to the NR Thunderbird?

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« Reply #142 on: December 13, 2017, 11:01:31 AM »
My RD is semi chunky. About the same feel as the Ripper neck.

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« Reply #143 on: December 13, 2017, 03:34:43 PM »
Yup.
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« Reply #144 on: December 15, 2017, 03:46:51 PM »
... (or often mistaken as Thunderbirds, kind of like the Corsair/Hellcat conundrum).

Any easy mistake to make, they are so alike... :P
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« Reply #145 on: December 18, 2017, 06:53:34 PM »
As the saying goes: With a mind of a squirrel, anything will look like a tree hole.
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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #146 on: December 19, 2017, 01:14:10 AM »
A little more effort put into it than the Eastwood...
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« Reply #147 on: December 19, 2017, 05:02:51 AM »
WoW!! Now THAT is gorgeous!!!! And I'm sure all that bling was a goodly pile of shekels as well, though clearly well spent.

For a while I had a 77 RD Artist (mustard/ketchup finish) in great condition. Other than its usual detractions (ungainly and heavy) I thought it was fairly easy to play and it sounded wonderful as long as I kept it passive. Quite honestly I had no use at all for any of the Moog Magic. If I could get that passive sound into a more streamlined shape I'd still have it. I had to try it out though, just to see what it was all about. A unique instrument, without a doubt.
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« Reply #148 on: December 19, 2017, 08:35:55 AM »
Those Waghorns look nice, kinda Gibson gone through a PRS Custom Shop.
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Re: 2018 Gibson basses. New basses, new topic :)
« Reply #149 on: December 19, 2017, 01:16:14 PM »


 That's a pretty cool take on an RD! I dig the block markers on the neck!
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