1976 Gibson Howard Roberts


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Birds Eye Maple back & sides (arched back)
Gorgeous, traditional tobacco sunburst all over
Laminated arched Maple top with Oval sound-hole
Colorful Vine peg head inlay & Gibson logo on black head stock face plate
7-ply bound body
Floating humbucker pickup
3 controls (original barrel knobs) – volume, mid range roll off and treble roll off
Rosewood fret board with slotted, rectangular inlays
3 piece curly Maple neck
Florentine cutaway
Cream bindings all around
Triple bound faux tortoiseshell pick guard
Nickel Grover tuning machines
Excellent condition with one tight top crack on the bass side of the tailpiece
Engraved trapeze tail piece with “Howard Roberts” rosewood center piece
Made in Kalamazoo, MI, discontinued in 1981

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Help, I’m steppin’ into the twilight zone
Place is a madhouse, feels like being cold
My beacon’s been moved under moon and star
Where am I to go now that I’ve gone too far?

I know people, that’s song was written by “Golden Earring” and this
is the story of Howard Roberts.

Look, the reason I went all “Twilight Zone” is for the more astute.
The lead solo from the original series was in fact played by
none other than (Wait for it) Howard Roberts.

In fact most of your prime time hit shows back in the day was either
written by or play on (or as the kids say now, guest spotted) by Howard.

Just think, where would be be without the sty-ling’s of Howard?
No Howard, no Lost in Space, Dragnet, Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple, Dick Van Dyke, I Dream Of Jeanne , and the theme for the film Bullitt and people, no “Batman.”

I know, I know, you’re thinking “Boo and Hiss” right about now.
I get it, but really, he was a huge part of Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” and not only wrote books but also toured the world giving back through seminars.

Howard was a great man indeed.

As for this 1976 Gibson with his name sake on it?
All I can say, is as if you went back in the twilight zone and purchased it.
Yep, you heard me and “Imagine if you will.”


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