This advert from 1967 was posted towards the end of Epiphone's US production; but actually the best year in terms of sales for the two Howard Roberts models. Mr. Roberts is shown (inset) playing his HR-CE Howard Roberts Custom model, with distinctive tree-of-life headstock inlays.
One Epiphone production halted at Kalamazoo in 1969, the very small number of unfinished guitars were shipped with Gibson branding in 1970 - before a full reissue of the model in 1974.
The sound of Howard Roberts and his Epiphone guitar is the unique and inventive sound of one of America's most creative musicians.
Steeped in the traditional jazz idiom and a first-call sideman for dozens of top recording stars, Howard has forged a new, completely different sound of his own that is explorative, yet unpretentious - fiery and hard swinging, but creative
For all his solo and studio work and for his own Capitol recordings, Howard plays Epiphone, a guitar that guarantees him superb sensitivity, excellent response and a beautifully dependable performance every time.