This is a Gibson Howard Roberts Custom in Red Wine finish, made in 1981, the last production year of the model. The instrument looks fabulous, with a modern Gibson meets Gypsy jazz kind of aesthetic. The inlays are gorgeous, especially the headstock floral pattern. The top also has classy treatments, like the ebony bridge with pearl inlays and a Howard Roberts name plate on the tailpiece. Cosmetically as well as structurally the guitar is in fabulous shape, with only some light scratches and bumps on the top and back, with the biggest mar being on the back of the neck near the scarf. This mark may resemble a headstock break, but rest assured it is only a surface abrasion. The guitar plays wonderfully and has a great sound for jazz, and the neck pick-up is nice and mellow with a beautiful warmth to it. It is also worth noting that this guitar is a factory second, though our in-house luthier was unable find any obvious manufacturer flaws, and the reason for that designation could have blended in over time . This piece is in excellent condition and ships with its original hard-shell case.
A Brief History from our Tech Writer
Howard Roberts is name a many probably gloss over, but whose playing nearly everyone has heard. Ever watched The Twilight Zone? I Love Lucy? Gilligan’s Island? then you’ve heard the guitar playing of Mr. Roberts. During his four decades as a studio musician, he played for more than a dozen classic TV shows, in addition to recording with music greats like Dean Martin and Chet Atkins; to call Howard Roberts "prolific" is a gross understatement. Of course, during the guitar boom of the early ‘60s, an artist like Roberts would have been a prime candidate for a signature model, and Epiphone would be the company to produce said model. Roberts designed his guitar with Epiphone in 1961, coming up with essentially a modified ES-175 with a round soundhole and a single neck pick-up. Later, Gibson would pick up the model and produce it until 1981, with a brief return of the series from 2005-09 with the “Fusion” model. Robert's later forays into the music education world led to the founding of the Guitar Institute of Technology, where his legacy lives on after his passing in 1992.Weight: 6 lbs.13 oz.
8/10 (excellent condition) 1981 Made in the USA
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