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Gibson RD Standard Bass Guitar Ebony 1978 Vintage Krist Novoselic Nirvana + Case

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£2,799.99 £2,399.99

Here for sale is a Gibson RD Standard bass in Ebony from 1978, only 900 ever made.

1 in stock

This is the ultra-rare Standard version which has the original passive Gibson pickups. They sound unbelievable, such a powerful and resonant bass. Lighter than the Gibson Artist bass. This is a storied bass that has seen a lot play with a natural roadworn finish on the top side of the bass where the arm rests. You can see why it is a joy to play and feels fantastic with a lovely neck. During this basses career, it had the misfortune of a headstock break. This has been a project bass that I have had lovingly restored to its full glory. A new headstock and section of the neck has been built by a master guitar builder. The finish has been matched to the original paint and features a gorgeous roadworn effect on the back of the neck that has been glossed over and feels consistent with the rest of the neck.

The bass has the original tuners, and bushings, the bushings were at some point painted black and have now been repainted silver. The headstock logo decal was specially made to match the period-correct Gibson logo. The back of the headstock does not have the serial number in it, but the bass comes with the original headstock which has the serial number which is 73328150, and was made at the Kalamazoo Plant on November 28th 1979 and is production number 150. The bass has the original bridge, the pots and wiring is not not original but they are the correct type and work fine. The truss rod cover is not original but again a period correct one was specially made for this bass showing the ‘RD STANDARD BASS’ inscription. The bass has plenty of roadworn mojo and dings. The most notable being on the upper bout and on the bottom edge of the bass, but this just gives it more rock ‘n’ roll character.

This particular model was favoured by Krist Novoselic of Nirvana who was given this model by Nirvana Guitar Tech Earnie Bailey as a Kristmas present. Krist played it at the fabled Hollywood Rock Festival in Rio on 16th January 1993. He also notably used this model in the ‘Heart Shaped Box’ Video. This is the bass that Gibson model the 2011 Krist Novelsic Signature RD bass on, they used Seymour Duncan Hot Stack pickups they did not manufacture more of the original pick ups, which makes this particular RD Standard bass highly sought after. Total bass NIRVANA!

Please note all guitars are sold as seen. We try our best to show the guitar’s condition in the photos but this is not always possible for every detail. Each guitar is set up to the shop standard playing style and as we all know; each player is different. If it is not set up to your liking this is not a cause for complaint, as is finding some kind of imperfection that we may or may not have mentioned. We sell used guitars not museum pieces and we do not accept returns unless they have been damaged in transit. If you are looking for a perfect guitar that you will worry about damaging and hang on the wall we advise you to buy new! So be rock n roll! lml

 

 

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