Up for sale, a 1989 Epiphone Howard Roberts Fusion III electric guitar in near mint condition and in perfect working order. Produced for only a couple years at the end of the 80’s, the HR Fusion III is incredibly rare, with far and away the smallest production numbers of any guitar graced with Howard Robert's name. So rare in fact, that you'd be hard pressed to find a single photo or example of this model for sale on any marketplace at any time, with the only reference photo readily available being the original Epiphone advert.
With a figured maple top and mahogany back, sides, and neck, this semi-hollow single cutaway Howard Roberts Fusion III has excellent natural projection, elevated by an eclectic pickup compliment. The stock pair of single coil pickups in the neck and middle positions offer focused, snappy cut, with plenty of sweetness, while the bridge position is a hot humbucker with loads of harmonically rich midrange content. Each pickup has an individual On/Off kill switch, while Master Volume and Tone controls round out the tone shaping options. The guitar is easy on the back at 7lbs 12oz, and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, ideal action, and spot-on intonation.
The one piece mahogany neck has a slender C shaped profile with minimal shoulder and imperceptible taper, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has dot inlay and stock fretwire just shy of medium jumbo. The frets are virtually flawless, and the guitar plays well up the arrow straight neck with a responsive truss rod. The scale is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features “clipped ears” and a large deco inlay, indicative of a 1989 build. The chrome mini Grover tuners turn smoothly and hold their pitch well, and while not original to the instrument, have a similar footprint as the (likely Schaller) stock gears.
On the body, the stock electronics work as they should, with individual On/Off switches for each pickup and Master Volume and Master Tone controls. The ABR-1 and stoptail are particularly clean, and the black multi-ply pickguard is intact. Cosmetically, the gloss Vintage Sunburst finish is remarkably clean, with only a couple stray marks and scratches in the gloss finish on top, an isolated mark at the treble side shoulder tip, and a few light scratches on the back. Otherwise, this guitar is clean as can be, with a pristine neck profile.
A hardshell case is included.