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Howard Roberts Fusion III

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I have read that other HRF owners "hated" the individual finger-type tailpiece and they actually replaced it with a stop tail (gasp!) I don't understand that at all and I think it's one of the coolest designs ever made. I wouldn't trade it for the world...

... that provides an effective fine-tuning device, too.

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The early Howard Roberts models had an oval soundhole, a wooden bridge and a trapeze tailpiece I think.

 

The later released Howard Roberts Fusion came with a stop tailpiece, featuring a TP-6 stock, which was told to prevent feedback. In my opinion, the first HR model was more feedback prone due to the oval hole, not the tailpiece.

 

The latest model, HRF III, came with the "fingers" string suspension. I was the sound engineer of a trio with the guitarist, besides other guitars, playing an HRF III for many years. We didn't have any serious feedback problems, so I think this could be a proof for my assumption regarding the soundhole design.

 

I am definitely a TP-6 fan, but in case of the HRF III, the tailpiece design makes a lot of its easy playability and overall feel I believe.

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Here is my little girl, from 1990:

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Sorry, Prince... must have overlooked yours for a long time. [blush]

 

This is the most beautiful HRF III I have ever seen, and perhaps the nicest of all the ES Gibsons I know.

 

To my eyes, yours looks better than the Vintage Bursts Gibsons from the early 1980s. And it looks friendlier to me than black. Perhaps I would have purchased the one a pal of mine sold two years ago if it had been a burst... :-k

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Incredible... this back is just TOO beautiful to remain unseen most of the time. [love]

 

I also like the way they did the bursts around the neck-body junction and the headstock - fantastic! [thumbup]

 

Actually I'm wondering if I dared to touch it, but I think there's no reasonable way other than that to make it sound. [biggrin]

 

So I think I finally would since I also live only once... ;) And of course, I would have to do without looking at the pretty back while playing [rolleyes][wub]

 

Thank you for posting these nice pics of this great guitar, Prince Malagant! It's a sublime pleasure looking at them. [smile]

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