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VV: '96 Epiphone Howard Roberts Jazz guitar, STEAL, new bag, EXTREMELY RARE, GREAT SOUND/Play, read

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Before reading this I urge you to check out my Seller Feedback, some examples of which can be found at the end of this listing--there's a reason I have THE BEST feedback of any independent seller of used guitars anywhere; if you get it from me, you will NOT be disappointed. 

GREAT DEAL.  1996 Howard Roberts true hollow body round hole Jazz guitar, second iteration (Korea; only made one year), new Levy's padded bag, perfect playing order (includes original pickguard, which I've removed because I prefer the look without it).  If you're looking for a Howard Roberts type guitar that really is a Howard Roberts type guitar, you're not going to find one anywhere for close to what I'm asking for this one.  

No issues regarding play, but one mod in particular worth noting.  As you'll see from the pictures, jack has been moved from side to tail (have no idea why; was that way when I got it and works great). 

Recently had its electrics cleaned out and tightened up--perfect.  Mini Humbucker is Goldie Locks--hot but clean, just right.  Sounds surprisingly well if you want to push an amp in the direction of a more solid body type (distorted) sound but rich and buttery for Jazz settings. 

Set up with $40 German Thomastik George Benson strings, in my opinion the best roundwounds made (at that price, you'd hope so).  Due to the very large soundhole, this is one of the few guitars that really kicks ass unplugged with flatwounds as well.

I absolutely love this guitar.  acoustically, really DEEP sounder--super versatile, records great both plugged in and not.  If you go with heavy flats you'll get one sound and with the Bensons on it (12 -53), something completely different.  Despite considerable signs of wear, nothing at all to compromise structural integrity, playability, sound or potential longevity.  A real find--only made 1996, and if you scour the web and check out reviews of the (many) variations of this model, this one is especially noted as "an excellent guitar", unlike a number of the others, some of which have the look and that's about it.  This one has the sound HR was going for.    

I'm having a get-beyond-Covid clearing out the closet sale, and practically everything is going--if you're looking for some great deals, check my listings over the next few days.  

Read my feedback. Buy this guitar. Embrace joy.

Needless to say, many of us are still hurting--I'm selling a lot of things I had kind of hoped to hold onto, and I know that a lot of people just don't have a lot of money to throw around on upscale guitars. I'm keeping that in mind with the pricing of all my offerings. I'm open to offers, but the margin is tight--IF YOU WANT IT, GRAB IT. One thing worth considering in regard to this one, is that, due to its scarcity (among other things), it's virtually guaranteed to retain--and increase--in value.
  • Note: Reverb now applies a tax of 8% to sales which are shipped to almost all states. That charge will be added on after the sale--I DON'T RECEIVE A PENNY OF IT.  
  • Also note: As with all my guitars, if the shipping expense exceeds what I'm charging, it's on me but if it's less, I'll refund you the difference.
    And please don't request a video or sound clip. Not set up for that; there is simply no way a phone can capture the nuances of the sound of a guitar like this--sorry.
  • Fantastic! As promised. Great communication. Great guitar. COMPLETELY SATISFIED!
    Best little gem I have laid hands on yet....great seller..super smooth A+++
    Warning, seller's auctions highly addictive- but in a very good way.
    Best experience of my 11 years with Ebay. Read the seller's listings and learn.
    Wow! What an incredibly beautiful Yairi DY74; it is still loved! Stellar seller.
    VIC IS THE MAN! BELIEVE HIM! Fabulous guitar. Thank you!
    Simply the best transaction! Thanks again Vic-you're the best-AAAA+
    burley 888
    vic gave me the best ebay experience yet:-honest-fast-great guitar +shipping YES

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Product Specs

Listed16 days ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
Made In
  • Korea, Republic of
Body Type
Right / Left Handed
Number of Strings

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