This is a rare and beautiful Epiphone Howard Roberts semi acoustic jazz guitar in gloss cherry finish and ‘see through’ pick guard. Manufactured in 1995.
This is an excellent example, no scuffs, dings or scratches including hard case.
The HOWARD ROBERTS HR-1 model was made by Samick for Epiphone between 1994 and 1998. It was a contemporary reissue of the 1960s Epiphone Howard Roberts model. The HR-1 had a floating mini-humbucker pickup and a hollow laminated curly maple body with oval soundhole. The peghead has a Howard Roberts signature and a tree-of-life inlay.
The Korean HR-1 replaced the Japanese made "1960s Howard Roberts" model in 1994 - both these reissue models came out after Howard Robert's death in 1992 so he would not have played them himself.