The RD standard bass was launched with the active RD artist in 1977, and sold just over 900 instruments to 1979 when production ceased. The standard was the passive model and featured two newly designed Gibson series 3 humbuckers.
The body was solid maple, with a three-piece laminated set maple neck. Fingerboards were either maple or Ebony.
Krist Novoselic used several different Gibson basses while in Nirvana, and the black RD bass on which this Signature model was based.