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Harmony advertisement (1965)

Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars

Harmony H19 Silhouette, Harmony H76, Harmony H400 amplifier, Harmony H410 amplifier, Harmony H420 amplifier, Harmony H430 amplifier, Harmony H440 amplifier

Mid sixties Harmony advertisement for five amplifiers and two guitars; the solidbody H19 and thinline hollowbody H76.

Harmony advertisement (1965) Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars

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Harmony Sovereign 1203 - luthier X-braced - Grover tuning pegs - hardshell case

Harmony Sovereign 1203 - luthier X-braced - Grover tuning pegs - hardshell case

Port Townsend, Washington, 983**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Harmony Sovereign 1203 that's been upgraded by a first-rate luthier with X-bracing in a Martin pattern, Grover tuning pegs, refreshed peghead. The Harmony date stamp is not visible, probably originally built in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Good shape, some minor dings and wrinkles consistent with age. Action is just a hair over 1 / 8" on the low E at 12th fret. Crisper tone than a regular 1203 with ladder bracing, good sustain. Comes in an old but sturdy hardshell case. Please ask any ... more
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Vintage Tailpiece Harmony Silvertone Holiday Tail piece Bridge

Vintage Tailpiece Harmony Silvertone Holiday Tail piece Bridge

Coldwater, Michigan, 490**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Harmony Silvertone Tail piece, taken off of a Stratotone but also used on other models
See photos for exact condition as they are part of the description
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Vintage Bigsby Vintage Tremolo Guitar Part Gibson Kay Harmony

Vintage Bigsby Vintage Tremolo Guitar Part Gibson Kay Harmony

Nicholasville, Kentucky, 403**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Bigsby Style Tailpiece. Please feel free to ask any questions

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1964 Silvertone H604 Acoustic Guitar Harmony H929 Parlor

1964 Silvertone H604 Acoustic Guitar Harmony H929 Parlor

Fairfield, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


I am selling my 1964 Silvertone H604 (same as a Harmony H929) parlor acoustic guitar I will string it up and post those photos soon Selling "as is " . No returns. Please ask questions if you are not sure about something.... more
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Harmony Monterey 1960s 2-Color Sunburst Mandolin (no case)

Harmony Monterey 1960s 2-Color Sunburst Mandolin (no case)

Hicksville, New York, 118**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Harmony Monterey 1960s 2-Color Sunburst Mandolin (no case)
Hey now! You are looking at a vintage Mandolin
This is a 1960s Harmony Monterey 2-Color Sunburst Mandolin (no case)
It weighs 1 4 lbs; 14?? scale; 1 78" nut width
It is in functioning playable condition with visible wear and tear
Condition includes visible scuffs on the body, headstock, neck and back of the body. Frets are rusted, and the nut in the headstock requires replacement. The strings are set low and in tune ... more
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Vintage Stella Tenor Acoustic Guitar 3773H929 Harmony Silvertone

Vintage Stella Tenor Acoustic Guitar 3773H929 Harmony Silvertone

Downers Grove, Illinois, 605**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Guitar is structurally good. Missing 2 bridge pins and one tuner shaft is mismatched and not included. Neck needs to be glued back down. When pulled back strings have good action. There is a filled hole at neck, I don't know if it's original but I can imaging there is a screw that can be tightened when glueing. There is a ding with a small crack on top as seen in picture. All top to body seams are tight though there is a lot of finish wear from use. Neck is straight and nice. Guitar is as is and... more
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Harmony Banjo Mandolin 1930s w /  Original Chipboard Case

Harmony Banjo Mandolin 1930s w / Original Chipboard Case

Huntington, Indiana, 467**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a Harmony Banjo Mandolin 1930s w / Original Chipboard Case in Good Condition!
The banjo mandolin was just recently restored to playing order by Center Stage in Noblesville, IN
It plays great with low action and is sure to be a great addition to anyone's collection looking for the unique.... more
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Vintage 1966 USA Harmony H53 Rocket Hollow Electric Guitar Great Condition W / HSC

Vintage 1966 USA Harmony H53 Rocket Hollow Electric Guitar Great Condition W / HSC

Spring Hill, Florida, 346**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Great Player!
Vintage 1966
Harmony Rocket Model H53 Hollow Body Electric Guitar!
Made In USA
With A Vintage Yamaha Hard Case!
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
Condition Description
This Vintage Harmony Rocket is a great playing and sounding guitar. Overall its in great condition, but missing the pickguard. The fingerboard and frets are in great shape with some minor wear, but plays just and is not in need of attention (see pics). ... more
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1964 Harmony Meteor Lefty

1964 Harmony Meteor Lefty

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Harmony Meteor
Lefty Set p nice, straight neck, Sounds and plays wonderfully. All original
Dayton Vintage Guitars
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Harmony ?Roy Rogers? Cowboy Parlor Guitar 1950??s Sunburst with Artwork

Harmony ?Roy Rogers? Cowboy Parlor Guitar 1950??s Sunburst with Artwork

Sevierville, Tennessee, 378**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


2nd owner it was my father??s. Great condition no cracks at all like some do in the back
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Silvertone Sears Roebuck Harmony 1214 1972 Natural Concert Acoustic

Silvertone Sears Roebuck Harmony 1214 1972 Natural Concert Acoustic

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1972 Silvertone 1214 Natural Concert Acoustic
Vintage USA made acoustic guitar!
Built by Harmony guitars in Chicago in 1972
This model is the natural color version of the model: 1217
The guitar has been professionally set up and is playing great with medium / low action
The guitar comes with a new Gator Case gig bag
The guitar is used and shows signs of it including nicks, dings, dents, scrapes, scratches, bumps, and bruises, but is in otherwise great shape. Behind the nut ... more
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Harmony Monterey H905 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Harmony Monterey H905 Archtop Acoustic Guitar

Bellport, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a 1970 Harmony H950 archtop acoustic guitar. It is very clean with no cracks or repairs and very playable. Perfect for most anything. Frets are in great shape and the action is fantastic. Ot has a wonderful full bodied tone. It??s missing the plastic neck heel cover, but other than that, it??s a beautiful solid guitar. The guitar is all original sans original case.
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Barclay USA By Harmony H1143 Vintage 1970 Acoustic 000-Style

Barclay USA By Harmony H1143 Vintage 1970 Acoustic 000-Style

Cincinnati, Ohio, 452**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a catalog guitar from Harmony 1970. It is playable in the first position but will most likely need a neck reset to play it any further up. There is one chip on the back at the lower bout. I can ship it in a chipboard case probably not the original but period-correct
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NICE! Marquis by Harmony 8-String Mandolin Late 70s Starburst  ~  MINT

NICE! Marquis by Harmony 8-String Mandolin Late 70s Starburst ~ MINT

Broadview Heights, Ohio, 441**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


NICE! Marquis by Harmony 8-String Mandolin Late 70s Starburst ~ MINT.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 27 5?? Width: 10 75??
CONDITION: very good to Mint preowned condition. I can??t find any flaws on this instrument. Original box included. Please see photos for actual item you??ll receive
PAYMENT: all major Credit Cards or online payment systems. (Paypal, apple pay, google pay)
SHIPPING: UPS Ground Delivery. FREE domestic USA. We ship all items within 1 business day of your payment ... more
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Vintage 1960s Harmony Stella parlor acoustic guitar

Vintage 1960s Harmony Stella parlor acoustic guitar

Youngstown, Ohio, 445**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Cool little 1965 Harmony Stella all birch parlor guitar. These are pretty common, but usually in not-so-good condition. This one is actually very clean, with just a little scuffing and scratching here and there. Nice strong finish. Relatively tight crack along bass side of fretboard extension, and another short crack at the soundhole. No issues here. Very slight rise along the fretboard extension, but not the dreaded ??ski jump??. A few notes on the wound strings are a little plinky out over the... more
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Silvertone (Harmony) 319 12049 Acoustic Guitar (circa 1968)

Silvertone (Harmony) 319 12049 Acoustic Guitar (circa 1968)

Grand Blanc, Michigan, 484**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Silvertone (Harmony) 319 12049 Acoustic Guitar (circa 1968). Mint Condition! Original owner guitar from approx. 1968. With original case. Comes with Emenee Chord and Songbook, as well as a high school songbook (see pictures). Original braided strap, and picks from that era are also included. Original owner hardly played it, it sat in its case in a closet for most of its life. There are only two slight marks on the side of the guitar where it rubbed in the case, see pictures, hardly noticeable. ... more
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1950s Holiday Mandolin w /  Strap. Harmony H-331. Repair Project

1950s Holiday Mandolin w / Strap. Harmony H-331. Repair Project

Chillicothe, Ohio, 456**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Travel back in time with this made by the late great Harmony company in Chicago, Illinois. From its looks, I'm reasonably guessing it's from the 1950s or so.
It's a Holiday mandolin. Holiday was the house brand of the now-defunct Alden's department store and mail order company, which was once huge, but is now kaput.
The inside Harmony ink stamp identifies it as a model H331 mandolin. It has Waverly tuners. The frets and the fretboard are in good condition
It is being ... more
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Vintage Harmony Sovereign Tenor Banjo 1960s

Vintage Harmony Sovereign Tenor Banjo 1960s

Bristol, Pennsylvania, 190**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Harmony Sovereign Tenor Banjo 1960s.

Vintage 4 string banjo. Acquired in 1970s but not sure actual age of it. Believed to be from 1960s
See pictures for condition. Ask any questions. All items sold as is. No returns. I wiped it down with a soft cloth but I don't want to damage it with using cleaners. Back has a few scratches
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Vintage 1957 Harmony Archtop Guitar H1215 Project w / Case Ships Free to Lower 48!

Vintage 1957 Harmony Archtop Guitar H1215 Project w / Case Ships Free to Lower 48!

Warner Robins, Georgia, 310**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


A worthy project in the right hands. Marked F57 and H1215 indicating the date of build as 1957 and the model of this Harmony Archtop. Missing the bridge and pickguard. Solid at the neck joint and, in my opinion, may not need a neck reset. Internal top braces are there but loose and need regluing. There is a wavy part to the top where the bridge will rest that I've tried to capture in the pictures. I think it's conceivable to shape the necessary bridge to fit the top as is, shore up the braces ... more
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1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

1960 Hofner Colorama IIThe Hofner Colorama was the name given by Selmer to a series of solid (and semi-solid) body Hofner guitars distributed in the United Kingdom between 1958 and 1965. The Colorama name actually applied to some quite different guitars over the period, but in 1960 it was a very light, semi-solid, set necked guitar with one (Colorama I) or two (Colorama II, as seen here) Toaster pickups. Although an entry-level guitar, it was very well-built, and a fine playing guitar; certainly a step up (at least in terms of craftsmanship) from many of the Colorama guitars that would follow, and a good deal of the guitars available in Britain circa 1960.

1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

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It was the largest folder in the series, with 24 inserts, (19 guitars and 5 basses): Guitars: 335-S Standard, Melody Maker Double, Marauder, L-6S Custom, S-1, RD Artist, Firebird, Firebird II, Flying V, Flying V-II, The V, Explorer, Explorer II, The Explorer, The "SG" Standard, Les Paul Artist, Les Paul Artisan, ES-335 Heritage, ES-175/CC Basses: Grabber, G-3, L-9S, RD Artist Bass, Flying V Bass

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional