Played my Howard Roberts today... Too bad it's a sig guitar!

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  1. Dashface

    Dashface Member

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    I kid, I kid. I don't care that it's a sig guitar at all, obviously :D

    Seriously, though, more people should try the ol' Fusion III. These are seriously great guitars. I often sort of ignore it in my collection, but when I use it I'm always blown away. So good.

    Anyone else have one?

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  2. BKL71

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    That is a sweet guitar! I have heard nothing but good things about the Howard Roberts models, but I have yet to find one around here to try out. Maybe someday :)
     
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    If Darth Vader was a jazzbo, he'd play that Howard Roberts guitar:dude
     
  5. musicofanatic5

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    I liked the old, oval soundhole HR model. I had the Epiphone version; tried to love it but for the skinny neck!!

    HR was a stone guitar genius!
     
  6. Dashface

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    Yeah - I bought it when I was in jazz college but you know, I never played a damn thing jazzy on it except during finals.

    It is a straight up classic rocker, this thing. Sounds like an enormous and woody Les Paul. Really, if I'm honest, it sounds like the best Les Paul I've ever heard :)
     
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    Sweet looking Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III.
    I use to own an original Howard Roberts Hollowbody with the oval sound hole. that was a fantastic instrument!
     
  8. guitarz1972

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    Darth Vader Howard Roberts signature guitar.
     
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    i have one, it was my first actual guitar...
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    love it, because me and my dad bought it together...
     
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  11. Dashface

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    It is a wee bit sinister, true :D
     
  12. twoheadedboy

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    Ugh. The Howard Roberts Fusion III is a sore spot for me. In 2006, I got one in mint condition for a great price. I loved the look and it played great, but I did not enjoy the sound at all. I was very sad to sell it, but I knew that it would never work for me.
     
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    I love these axes, wonderful
     
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    Had a beautiful tobacco sunburst HRFIII from the early 90's. Great looking and feeling guitar, but really hated the pickups and could never connect w/ the ebony fingerboard. Was hard to dig into the notes and just sounded way too cold & bright in combination w/ the maple neck. But, it was a sexy looking guitar for sure. Not sure what Gibson was thinking... just imagine if they'd used mahogany, rosewood & paf's....?! I'm sure I'd still own mine in that case.
     
  15. TexGoneNW

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    I just picked up a modified HRFIII from 2006.

    Yes, very bright and snappy. I had to dial down the volume and tone to get a good sound out of a little EL84-based amp...

    ...then I plugged it into a bigger amp with EL34's.

    I think I'm in love.

    (EDIT) -- Gigged with it last night, even more in love!
     
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    I loved the look but could not live with the tone. I put flatwound 12s on it and it was still too bright and brittle for me.
     
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    Had a 'burst HRF III, sold it, now regret doing so.

    Ain't it the way it goes?
     
  18. GuitarPlaynTaylor

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    Ive always wanted oneof these. very unique looking guitars
     

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