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  • Chromyte block in Howard Roberts Fusion Guitar

    I'm looking at buying a 1998 Howard Roberts Fusion III. It's listed as having a "chromyte" center block in the body.

    I thought the Fusion III's had a balsa wood block? Maybe chromyte is some some finishing procedure on the wood?

    If anyone could tell me what chromyte is, I'd be glad to know. Thanks.


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    Chromyte is a trade name intended to hide the fact that it's balsa wood. 

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    • Monism
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      So it's as simple as that then? Thanks Tim. I do appreciate the quick response.


  • #3

    I have a 92 Les Paul Studio Lite that has the chromyte block in the center and its a great sounding guitar. After doing a bit of research about it, I read the balsa is actually considered a "tone wood" by guitar builders, but it is obviously too soft for the outside of the guitar.


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      psst... There are different grades of balsa (Ochroma Pyramidale).  It can be somewhat hard and denser than you are accustomed to.  


  • #4
    I've played a Howard Roberts Fusion -97 for many years now. Its an extra/ordinary good model, for a decent price. The balsa wood for the toneblock was probably used to get a more hollow sound. The block is also floating, attached some few millimeters from the back, to reduce feedback. Still the guitar goes easily over to a singing controlled feedback. I'm quite happy with the Howard. The neck pickup sounds somewhat like an ES 175, with low overdrive. The bridge pickup can sound like a Les Paul, if one puts on a distorsion pedal.