Gibson 1980 guitar and bass catalog. Page 14. Details of the Gibson Howard Roberts Artist. In the 1960s just one guitar in this series was available; the Epiphone Howard Roberts, but by this time their were three versions: the Artist, the Custom, and the Fusion.
The Artist was available with one or two pickups, and in three finishes: Antique Sunburst, Natural, and Wine Red. The finish, unlike the guitars previously shown in this catalogue, did not affect the US list price. In July 1980, single pickup Howard Roberts Artist guitars were listed at $1499 in the US, whilst the double pickup version was another $100 at $1599.