What makes the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III so special? As the highest paid LA studio guitarist in his day, co-founder of the Guitar Institute of Technology in LA ( now the Musicians Institute) author of several books of guitar curriculum, not to mention an innovator and guitar designer - you could say that Howard Roberts knows a thing or two about the guitar. The Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III is the culmination of a series of unique instruments that Howard developed throughout the mid '60s. The Howard Roberts Fusion model debuted in 1980 with such refinements as a more open cutaway and a unique control configuration,and the "fingers" tailpiece with individual string-angle adjustments. Want a real player's guitar - it's Gibson's Howard Robert's Fusion III. Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III at a Glance: Semi-hollowbody design with maple laminated top, back and sides with multi-ply top binding '59 rounded profile maple neck with ebony fingerboard and pearloid dot inlays Two Gibson humbuckers - 490R (neck) and 490T) bridge It's Not Just a Jazz Fusion Guitar To give you some idea of just how good the Howard Roberts Fusion plays and sounds, no less a talent than Peter Green (formerly of Fleetwood Mac fame) now gigs with a Howard Roberts Fusion III. Designed to be able to handle the sounds of both rock and jazz without feedback, the Howard Roberts Fusion III gives you all the tone you need, from clean and tight to downright dirty when pushed hard through a suitable amplifier. The laminated maple body with Chromyte center block features multi-binding on top, single-ply on the back and gold hardware. It looks as good as it sounds! Not Too Fat, Not Too Thin No, we're not talking about the latest fad diet, we're talking about the Howard Roberts Fusion neck profile. It's not as big as those huge 1958 Les Paul necks, but neither is it as thin as the 1960s so-called "slim taper" neck profiles. In any case, the combination of a nice, rounded one-piece maple neck and the warmth of an ebony fingerboard is what this guitar is all about. It's not for everyone, of course. But many players who have never picked up a guitar with this kind of neck are often shocked at how easily it handles. 490R and 490T Modern Classic Pickups: The "Modern Classic" pickups feature tonal characteristics similar to the '57 Classic, but deliver a slight increase in the upper mids, for a more contemporary humbucking sound. The special Alnico II magnet gives these beauties a singing quality that delivers on demand. The 490R, with its neck-spaced pole pieces, is calibrated to match the bridge-spaced 490T for a perfect match. Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion Features: Color: Vintage Sunburst Top: Laminated maple Back: Top: Laminated maple Sides: Top: Laminated maple Neck: One-piece maple with '59 rounded profile Fingerboard: Ebony with pearl dot inlays Number of frets: 22 Pickups: Two Humbucking pickups - 490R (neck) and 490T (Bridge) Controls: Two each tone and volume with three-way pickup selector switch Machine heads: Scaller Keystone Hardware: Gold plated Case: Black smooth levant hardshell If you've heard the eerie guitar theme from "The Twilight Zone," then you've heard Howard Roberts - now own his guitar - the Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III.