1978 Gibson Howard Roberts Artist Deluxe + OHSC

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At A Glance:
Model: Howard Robert Artist
Year: 1978
Finish: Burgundy
Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight (kg): 3.16

Case: Correct Black Tolex hardshell case
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck wood: Maple
Body wood: Maple Laminate
Tuners: Correct Gold Schaller M-6
Pickups: Correct Floating 'Super HB' Humbucker
Hardware: Correct Gold Plated
Neck Profile: Medium C
Pots: 3 x Correct 500k CTS

    A legend of the LA scene during the middle decades of the 20th Century, Howard Roberts paved the way for the studio players of the 70s and 80s whilst recording some seminal albums of his own. Constantly tinkering with his own guitars he was approached by Epiphone to design his own guitar in the early 60s, the model being discontinued by Gibson in 1969.

    The Gibson version was introduced in 1974 (though a tiny number were shipped in 1973) featuring a 25.5” scale length, 16” waist, maple laminate body and neck and retaining the epiphone headstock design of the original with the vine inlay. This is the Howard Roberts Artist Deluxe version which is the top of the range Howard Roberts model.

    A full size floating humbucker was designed specifically for this model by Bill Lawerence along with a unique treble and mid control. 

    The guitar is in great condition. The burgundy finish shows no sign of fading and hardly any wear and is in great condition. 

    The five piece maple neck (specified by Howard Roberts as he felt it was much more stable than mahogany) too shows little sign of fade. The rosewood fretboard is in great condition and there is plenty of life left in the original frets.

    The gold hardware is in good condition. It has tarnished and worn in places as is to be expected. Elsewhere the plastics are correct and in good condition. The Howard Roberts Rosewood inset  in the tailpiece is also still present, often lost. 

    Electrically everything looks correct and is in full working order including the Super Humbucker and the Treble and Mid Roll off controls.

    The guitar comes with its correct hardshell case.

    Acoustically this guitar has that classic arch top tone with plenty of projection. Plugged in the Super Humbucker pickups really translate that sound well with a smooth finish, the innovative tone controls really let you shape the sound you desire.

    This guitar has a lot to offer in a unique package. Grab it before it gets away…

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