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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

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1953 Harmony Stratotone H-44

FRANKLIN, OHIO, 45005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2998

1953 Harmony Stratotone H-44 first year production, solid body neck thru vntage & rare, not a reissue, coolest of the cool, full scale, fast, big super comfortable neck, rosewood fretboard & bridge, super light weight and comfortable, newer hard case included. Sustain .Made famous by some of the best. Tom Waits, Richie Valens & Howlin Wolf For the collector, stage & investor. AT DAYTON VINTAGE GUITARS & AMPS YOUR GUITAR WILL BE PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED AND SETUP WITH NEW STRINGS. SAFELY ... more

1955 Harmony Stratotone H42 / 2 Sears Silvertone

FRANKLIN, OHIO, 45005, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2989

1955 Harmony Stratotone h-42 / 2 Sears Silvertone solid body neck thru full scale construction Vintage & rare. Not a reissue. Metallic Green Colorama finish. Harmometal binding with rubber insert. Single concentric tone and volume control with a tone bypass slider switch. Single DeArmond pick up that just screams Good string height. Coolest of the cool. Full scale. Fast, big super comfortable neck. Super light weight and comfortable. Sustain .Original worn case. Made famous by some of the ... more

Harmony Stratotone H44 1950's

EAST NORWICH, NEW YORK, 11732, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1999

Here is a well-worn but fully functional and all original 1950's Harmony Stratotone H44, Made in USA. Missing strap button.... more

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 90066, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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