2010 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III

The Blue Book Says:

GIBSON HOWARD ROBERTS FUSION III (ARFU)
– single sharp cutaway semi-hollow bound maple body, f-holes, raised black pickguard, maple neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay, tune-o-matic bridge/adjustable tailpiece, peghead with pearl plant/logo inlay, three-per-side tuners, two covered humbucker pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, gold hardware, available in Cherry, Ebony, Fireburst (disc. 1994), Natural (2002-09), or Vintage Sunburst finish, mfg. 1979-2003, reintroduced 2005-09.

 

More accurate description here:

The Gibson HOWARD ROBERTS FUSION III 6-String Electric Guitar, Ebony Finish, Gold Hardware inc case. Stunning signature model designed by the man who brought the jazz guitar to a new level.

The Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III electric guitar was designed by the accomplished jazz guitarist and guitar designer Howard Roberts. The Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III has a more open cutaway design, a unique control configuration and the ‘fingers’ tailpiece with individual string angle adjustments. The Howard Roberts Fusion III features a plain laminated maple top, back and rims and a one-piece, bound maple neck with ebony fingerboard. The rounded neck profile is comfortable while the bound top and back, plus Schaller Keystone tuners, gold hardware and pearloid dot inlays make this guitar a comfort to play and watch. Dual Alnico magnet humbucking pickups deliver lush, classic tones. The Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III provides the tone and the look that inspires jazz musicians. Includes Gibson black hardshell case.

The main features of the Gibson HOWARD ROBERTS FUSION III include:

  • Stunning signature model designed by the man who brought the jazz guitar to a new level
  • Plain laminated maple top, back and rims
  • One-piece, bound maple neck
  • 22 fret, bound ebony fingerboard
  • Multi-ply binding on top and single-ply binding on back
  • Rounded neck profile
  • Gold hardware
  • Pearloid dot inlays
  • 24.75 inch scale length
  • 1 11/16 inch nut width
  • Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge with fine tuning tailpeice
  • Schaller Keystone tuners
  • Dual Alnico 490R & 490T magnet humbucking pickups deliver lush, classic tones
  • 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector switch
  • Gibson black hardshell case included with this guitar

Finish : Cherry

 

I say:

Fusion – so that’s Jazz playing with overdrive  – yeah?

This guitar is definitely a jazz guitar with more “Modern” sensibilities –  – It’s got a centre block for feedback rejection, Tailpiece adjusters for individual string tension adjustment ( a little like a TP6 tailpiece on steroids!)

All electronics  fully functional and crackle free.  Pickups are standard Gibson fare.

No breaks, minimal – and I mean really minimal wear – (I’m tempted to say “as new” but know if I do I’ll get the usual “tyre kickers” trying to reduce the price because I hadn’t noticed an inconsequential scratch/blemish….)

It’s characteristic feature is the enlarged cutaway for upper fret access, and this is what sets this apart from the ES 175/335/137 models. plus the slightly unusual relocation of the standard Gibson potentiometer/switch layout.

The beautiful flattened D shape neck shows little – no – wear, whilst the Blue book specifies this as a rosewood fretboard, it looks more like ebony to me.

Simply an awesome guitar  – currently set up with Ernie Ball 10’s and playing like a dream. Comes with the Gibson Custom Hardcase as pictured and COA.