Vintage 1969 Harmony H167

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Vintage 1969 Harmony H167

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Offered in this auction is what I think is one of Harmony’s coolest models.  With the tobacco burst and the fender-style headstock, this lady just begs to sing the blues.  Imagine all that was going on in the summer of ’69 when this guitar left the Harmony factory in Chicago.  It was the age of Aquarius, peace out, and this guitar is a part of that historic summer.  The asking price for this guitar that summer was  $64.50 – not cheap, but within the range of most aspiring musicians.  For more on this guitar visit this website:

http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H167/91.htm

In addition to the sexy finish and the great neck, this guitar features a solid spruce top over solid birch sides and back, a bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard and rosewood bridge.  The body features double binding on the top and single binding on the back, MOP position markers and bridge markers.  As you would expect with spruce over birch this guitar has a loud, unsophisticated, earthy tone with good balance and lots of bass.  The neck has been reset, so this guitar is ready to play upon arrival.  To optimize the action after the neck reset, the original saddle has been replaced with a bone saddle, with plenty of room left if you want the action even lower.  The pickguard is also a replacement, in the exact shape as the original, which was long gone when I got this guitar.  Other than the saddle and pickguard, this guitar is all original, right down to the bridge pins and the tuner bushings (which are all still there – unusual in a 43-year-old Harmony).

Here are the critical specs:

Upper bout                        11 ¼ “

Waist                                     9 ¼ “

Lower bout                         15”

Overall length                    41”

Depth at endpin               4”

Width at nut                       1 ¾ “

String spread at saddle  2 3/8 “

Scale                                      24.75”

Action at 12th fret             1/8”

 

This guitar shows some wear, especially on the top, and the heel cap is cracked, but other than that it is incredible shape for a 43-year-old instrument.  The finish is particularly rich and deep, which is typical of this model.

 

I’ll ship this guitar anywhere, but buyers outside the US must be willing to pay actual shipping costs, which I will invoice you for.  I ship insured and use a new Uline guitar box for each guitar.  I accept PayPal only, and accept returns within 14 days, if returned in the box I sent it in and in the condition received.  Thanks for checking out this mojo-rich auction and good luck bidding!

 

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