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1974 Pre Serial Number Ibanez Howard Roberts Model 2453 Pro Setup Flatwounds Hard Shell Case
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Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting…
A beautiful 1974 Pre Serial number Ibanez Howard Roberts Guitar. It’s a model 2453 and has the open book headstock that Gibson based the Lawsuit over. This is a really good Gibson Howard Roberts Copy…what a cool guitar!
This beauty has AAA Flamed woods with the Antique Violin Finish that the Fujigen Gakki factory in Japan was so famous for. Very high quality woods, fit and finish… The Open book Headstock with the Flowerpot inlays and fretboard inlays were what Gibson had objected to in the lawsuit. The guitar has a Rosewood fretboard, a 24 ¾ inch scale neck, nut measures 1 11/16 inch and only the tuners are replacement. They are very high grade replacements. Much better than the originals. The guitar has the original floating gold pickup, and the original Tortise look Pickguard. Original tailpiece, knobs and bridge. The input jack area has some damage. See pic 12. No repair was needed there.
Our Tech set this awesome guitar up with a new set of Flatwound 11 gauge strings. This guitar has obviously always had flatwounds on it. Hardly any wear at all on the frets. See pic 5. I have heard these guitars with round wound strings and I have to say, these really sound best with flat wounds. Been forever since I have played a guitar with flats but it brought back pleasant memories. Great low action that is an absolute pleasure to play.
The pickup sound really good. Very full and full of life. The third knob on the guitar acts as a variatone. It has a cap on it and varies the tone somewhat. I think you will find the area that you like best and leave it there. Not a lot of difference in the range of tones but cool feature.
We got the guitar with the shown almost new Hard Shell Case. Still has the Glary Label Hand tag with the case key attached. It looks like something spilled on the top near the bottom. We tried to clean it but it wouldn’t clean up. Minor project for the new owner. The interior is Deluxe Black Plush and it fits this guitar perfectly. No need for another case for this cool guitar.
The guitar is cool but used and vintage so its sold as-is no returns. However, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 20 years now and they all loved the guitars I found for them. This awesome Ibanez will certainly not be an exception.
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Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitars