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Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III Guitar Review

a jazz guitar to a new level

The Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion is a guitar that’s built to take jazz to a new level. With its semi-hollow body design, this guitar provides a warm, balanced tone that’s perfect for jazz players. The body is made from plain laminated maple, which provides a crisp, clear sound with plenty of projection. The gold hardware on the Howard Roberts Fusion is a nice touch, adding a touch of elegance to this guitar’s overall look.

One of the standout features of the Howard Roberts Fusion is its neck profile. This guitar features a ’59 rounded Les Paul neck profile, which provides a comfortable playing experience that’s perfect for long sessions in the practice room or on stage. The neck is made from a single piece of mahogany, and features a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays.

In terms of electronics, the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion is equipped with dual Alnico magnet humbucking pickups – the 490R in the neck position and the 490T in the bridge position. These pickups are controlled by a 3-way selector switch, as well as 2 volume and 2 tone knobs. This gives players a wide range of tonal options to choose from, making this guitar a versatile choice for a variety of playing styles.

Other features of the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion include a Nashville TOM bridge with a fine-tuning tailpiece, black speed knobs, and Schaller keystone tuners. The guitar is available in a range of finishes, including Vintage Sunburst, Cherry, Ebony, and Natural. The Howard Roberts Fusion also comes with a black levant case, featuring a plush charcoal interior and gold ‘Gibson’ silkscreen.

Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III Guitar Specifications

Body & Hardware

  • Plain laminated maple top, back and rims
  • 14 7/8″ (W) X 18 1/4″(L) X 2 3/8″ (D)
  • Multi-ply binding on top, single-ply binding on back
  • Gold hardware
  • Nashville TOM bridge, fine-tuning tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs

Neck & Headstock

  • 1-piece mahogany neck
  • 22 fret rosewood fingerboard, Width at 12th fret 2.062″
  • Peghead Pitch: 14°
  • Thickness at 1st fret: 0.805″
  • Thickness at 12th fret: 0.063″
  • Heel Length: 0.625″
  • Neck Joint Location: 16th fret
  • Headstock Inlay: “Gibson” and holly
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • Single-ply binding
  • ’59 Rounded Les Paul neck profile
  • 24 3/4″ scale length; 1 11/16″ nut width
  • MH Schaller keystone tuners

Electronics & Strings

  • 490R & 490T Alnico magnet humbucking pickups
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Brite Wire .010-.046 Strings


  • Vintage Sunburst, Cherry, Ebony, Natural


  • Truss rod cover engraved “Howard Robert Fusion”

Includes Case

  • Black levant case with exterior: Black smooth levant and interior: Plush Charcoal
  • Silkscreen: Gold ‘Gibson’

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