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Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion Six String Electric Guitar


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Builder: Gibson Guitars.
Model: Howard Roberts Fusion.
Serial Number: 90851467 - Constructed in 1991. NOTE-THIS GUITAR WAS ONCE OWNED BY TOY CALDWELL OF THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION IS INCLUDED WITH THE INSTRUMENT.
Case/Gigbag: Original hardshell case, light brown exterior with rose colored heavily padded interior, brass hardware with combination locking latch.

Dimensions
Scale Length: 24-3/4 inches.
Neck Shape: Oval-59 rounded Les Paul profile.
Width at Nut: 1-11/16 inches.
String Width at Bridge: 2-1/16 inches.
Overall Length: 40-1/2 inches.
Widest: 14-7/8 inches.
Weight: 8 pounds.

Construction
Neck: Maple, joined at the 16th fret, angled headstock, black gloss facing, bone nut, single-ply binding.
Fingerboard: Ebony, 22 frets, pearloid dots on the face and small black dots on the top edge.
Body: Maple top, sides and back, wide single cut-away, single-ply binding on the bottom, multi-ply binding on the top, dual f-holes.
Finish: Gloss, vintage sunburst color.

Hardware
Bridge: Tune-o-matic, coupled with ARFU fingers tailpiece, individual string angle adjustments, fine tuners, bridge adjustable for string height and intonation, gold finish.
Tuners: MH Schaller Keystone, gold finish.
Strap buttons:
Gold finish, non-locking .
Outputs: 1/4" mono.

Electronics
Pickup: Two 490R alnico magnet humbuckers, gold finish.
Controls:
Two volume, two tone, one three-way switch.
Preamp:
None.

Condition
Fret wear: Light
Superficial wear: Two small scratches on the neck, located in the center and just before the neck heel upturn, a black scuffed area on the bottom body binding just beneath the rear strap button, about 10 slight indent ions on the bottom side starting in line and below the bottom volume knob and running within about 2 inches of the pick guard bracket, area of light scuffing and swirling on the back of the body, primarily noticeable in the upper area near the front strap button, 3 or 4 slight indention's at various locations on the back of the body.

Deep wear:
none.
Other: None.
Hardware wear: A very small red dot of discoloration on the top of the D string tuner, a little pitting on the top of the bridge and on the tailpiece bracket, also both strap buttons are somewhat dull with loss of color.
Pickups wear: A little pitting on the pick-ups, something a good cleaning with the proper materials would probably remedy.
Overall Condition: Excellent.

Purchasing information.
Asking price: $2,600.
Consignment: Yes.
Trades Considered? No.
Offers Considered? Yes.
Location (contact): BunnyBass-NC (Jimmy or Kim) 866-227-7436 Toll Free.
 
Comments:

     Although we do already have a few Gibson guitars on the BunnyBass site, this particular guitar has a bit of history that goes along with it. As we mentioned above previously, at one point in time, the late Toy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band, was the owner of this beautiful instrument. After his death, this guitar was eventually sold to the famous Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee. And finally, by the generous consignment gesture of a friend, who himself later purchased the guitar from Gruhn, it arrives here on the BunnyBass site ready to be given a new home and continued appreciation from a new owner.

The Howard Roberts Fusion model was introduced by Gibson in 1980. With it came several new features such as the wider cutaway, a unique control configuration and the fingers tailpiece that included individual string angle adjustments. Acoustically, this guitar possess a strong cutting sound with a neck feel that is just right. All areas of the neck are easily accessed and the body size and shape are well suited to the sitting or standing playing position. This is an instrument well worth a look in its own right and is made that much more interesting by the little bit of history that surrounds it.

This instrument is documented in the BunnyBass Musical Instrument Archive.

      

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