HARMONY | STRATOTONE

Harmony Stratotone

H45, H46, H47, H48 and H49 hollowbody electric guitars

Harmony Stratotone
Harmony Stratotone Mercury (left) and Stratotone Jupiter (right)
Harmony Stratotone Mercury (left) and Stratotone Jupiter (right)

The Stratotone series consisted of a number of Harmony models produced in Chicago, USA in the 1950s and 60s. The earliest, the H44 was solid bodied, as was the H42 Newport. The other models were semi-hollow, but without f-holes.

Harmony Stratotone Jupiter advertisement from 1962
Harmony Stratotone Jupiter advertisement from 1962

At a time of space exploration, space-age guitar names were all the rage - and with words like stratosphere ringing in a nations ears, it's no wonder that they were applied - along with the planetary suffixes. The original H44 actually preceded the Fender Stratocaster, there was no name copying on Harmony's part!

They were entry/intermediate level models and as such were not seen so often in the hands of the stars, however Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones was one proud owner of a H46 Mars, bought in 1962, and can be seen in early Stones footage using the instrument.

Excitingly New! Ultra-Thin! Stratotone Electrics are now made with a carefully designed hollow "tone-chamber" wood body, in place of solid wood. The addition of vibrant body tones combined with improved pickups extends their range and versatility to permit perfect response and tone balance

Some of the differences in the Stratotone models are summarised in the table below:

Model Pickups Finishes Years Available
H45 Stratotone Mars One De Armond single coil Sunburst Shaded 1958-1965
H46 Stratotone Mars Two De Armond single coil Sunburst Shaded 1958-1965
H47 Stratotone Mercury One De Armond Golden-Tone (S-grille soapbar) Shaded Cherry 1958-1962
H48 Stratotone Mercury One De Armond Golden-Tone (S-grille soapbar) Natural blonde 1958-1965
H49 Stratotone Jupiter Two De Armond Golden-Tone (S-grille soapbar) Natural blonde 1958-1965

Got an opinion on the contents of this page? Disagree with something written above? Please comment

Levys luxury soft case

Levys luxury soft case

"Best bag money can buy, period" - available in five colors: for guitar or bass. Expensive, but exceptional quality.


Harmony Stratotone for sale

Vintage Circa 1961 Harmony Alden H-46 Stratotone Mars Black Sparkle w / OSSC

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10003, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

C $1317

A rare and all original early 1960s Harmony Alden H-46 Stratotone Mars. Double pickup and concentric knobs! Original Dearmond pickups are warm and full of tone. Nice and fat sounding. Volume and tone for each pickup. Keith Richards played one of these with the Stones early on. This is a real nice example perfect for the player and collector alike. Comes with original brown soft case, too! Guitar is exactly as pictured. Buyer pays $75 shipping in the USA, $125 to Hawaii or Alaska, $300 ... more

1950`s VINTAGE HARMONY H-44 STRATOTONE GUITAR ORIGINAL

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, 40515, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1899

1950`s VINTAGE HARMONY H-44 STRATOTONE GUITAR ORIGINAL. Condition is Used. I have plenty more pics if you should like , please ask. Large neck, Perfect glazing, aging, etc. Amazing sounding Hershey bar pick up Just a great guitar all around. SHIPPING AND HANDLINGTypical handling time is one / two business days. Shipping options are listed, no charge for handling fees. RETURNSWe make every effort to describe the items accurately and honestly. Please review the item description and photos ... more

Vintage Rare 1954 to 1957 Harmony Stratotone H-88 Doublet Electric Guitar

CLEVELAND, OHIO, 44129, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1600

Here is a super rare 1954 to 1957 Harmony H-88 Stratotone Doublet electric guitar, made in the USA. It has no serial #. This guitar is in good condition for its age. It has a lot of nicks, heavy dings, scratches, and wear. The neck is straight, but not perfect, with slight relief. It does play all the way down with good action. The frets show no wear. They might have had a pro refret. All of the electronics work as they should. The original pickups sound great! The pick guard has cracks that ... more

1963 Silvertone Stratotone Model 1420 Vintage Guitar, USA Harmony H46 Project

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, 46802, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$249

1963 Silvertone Stratotone Model 1420 Vintage Guitar, USA Harmony H46 Project Fingerboard has Cool wear marks but very little fret wear A slight crack around input jack (typical).... more

Find more vintage guitars for sale at vintageguitarsforsale.co

There are 0 comments on this article so far. Add your comment

Comment on this article

Name
Email address
Anti-spam question - to catch web robots
How many legs does a tripod have?

Guitars and Parts for Sale


Levys luxury soft case

Levys luxury soft case

"Best bag money can buy, period" - available in five colors: for guitar or bass. Expensive, but exceptional quality.

Related Forum Posts
new post


Latest Forum Posts
new post

Contact
info@vintageguitarandbass.com

Follow

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Google+

Other Great Sites