Howard Roberts

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Howard Roberts
Howard Roberts

Howard Roberts (October 2, 1929 – June 28, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist, educator and session musician.

Roberts played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and mandolin, both in the studio and for television and movie projects, including lead guitar in the theme from The Twilight Zone, guitar on the theme from The Munsters and rhythm guitar on the theme from I Dream of Jeannie.

See Also: Howard Roberts Fusion


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Models


Howard Roberts Standard

Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom HR-SE
Epiphone Howard Roberts Standard HR-SE
Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom HR-SE
Epiphone Howard Roberts Standard HR-SE
Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom HR-SE
Epiphone Howard Roberts Standard HR-SE
  • 1964-1967

Body:

  • Arched solid spruce top
  • Figured maple back & sides
  • Oval sound hole

Neck:

  • One-piece set mahogany neck
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Pearl deco oval inlay on headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body
  • Single-ply neck & sound hole

Electronics:

  • Johnny Smith pickup attached to fingerboard
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge & base
  • ES-175 Bail Fern tailpiece
  • Grover Diecast or Waffle-back tuners

Variations:

  • Acoustic/electric model with controls mounted to body
  • Acoustic/electric model with controls mounted to pickguard
  • Acoustic model with no pickup or controls

Colors:

  • Natural (1)
  • Sunburst or Shaded(2)



Howard Roberts Custom

Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom 175
Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom
Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom 175
Epiphone Howard Roberts Custom
  • 1965-1967
  • Only 54 made

Body:

  • Arched solid spruce top
  • Figured maple back & sides
  • Oval sound hole

Neck:

  • 7-piece set mahogany neck
  • Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl block inlays
  • Pearl Vine of Life inlay headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body
  • Single-ply neck, headstock & sound hole
  • 1-ring multi-ply rosette
  • 5-ply pickguard binding

Electronics:

  • Johnny Smith pickup attached to fingerboard
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge & base
  • ES-175 Bail Fern tailpiece
  • Grover Diecast or Waffle-back tuners
  • Celluloid tortoise pickguard

Colors:

  • Black
  • Sunburst
  • Brown

Model Info & Pic Contributed by Brianh



Imperial Series 1960's Howard Roberts

Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Imperial Series Howard Roberts
  • 1992-1994
  • Made to original Howard Roberts specifications
  • Made at the Fuji-gen workshop in Japan

Body:

  • Solid curly maple top
  • Laminated maple back & sides
  • Oval soundhole

Neck:

  • 3-piece maple neck with set dovetail neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with slotted-block inlays
  • Original open-book headstock
  • Black veneer with vine inlay on headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body
  • Single-ply neck, headstock & sound hole
  • 1-ring multi-ply rosette
  • 5-ply pickguard binding

Electronics:

  • One floating mini-humbucker pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls mounted to body

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with trapeze tailpiece
  • Rosewood bridge base with two pearl inlays
  • Gold reflector knobs
  • Translucent red pickguard with metal "E" emblem

Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)



Howard Roberts HR-1

Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
Epiphone Howard Roberts HR-1
  • 1994-1998
  • Made at the Samick factory in Korea

Body:

  • Laminated curly maple top, back & sides
  • Oval Sound hole

Neck:

  • 3-piece set maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with slotted block inlays
  • Epiphone clipped-ear headstock with Vine of Life inlay
  • Howard Roberts signature on headstock
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 5-ply body (top), headstock & pickguard
  • Single-ply neck * back

Electronics:

  • 1 floating mini humbucker pickup
  • 1 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • Adjustable Tune-o-matic bridge on rosewood base
  • Custom trapeze tailpiece
  • Raised tortoise pickuard
  • Sealed die-cast tuners
  • Amber bell knobs

Colors:

  • Cherry (CH)



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