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Harmony advertisement (1966)

Here are Harmony's Big 3

Harmony H19 Silhouette, Harmony H76, Harmony 1260 acoustic

Mid sixties advertisement for three of Harmonys best selling instruments: the H19 solid body, H76 thinline hollow-body and the 1260 flat top acoustic. These three instruments appeared in numerous Harmony advertisements.

Harmony advertisement (1966) Here are Harmony

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Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony guitars
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony guitars
Mid sixties Harmony advert, showing a solid-body (H19), an acoustic (1260), and an electric semi-acoustic (H75)
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Harmony Amplifiers - Harmony Electric Guitars
Mid sixties Harmony advertisement for five amplifiers and two guitars; the solidbody H19 and thinline hollowbody H76.
Harmony 1260 - The integrity of the Harmony guitar is known by the integrity of its maker
Harmony 1260 - The integrity of the Harmony guitar is known by the integrity of its maker
Mid sixties Harmony adverts for two instruments. The semi-acoustic H-77 and the 1260 acoustic
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Now Hear This
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Now Hear This
The three instruments appearing in this mid-60s advert are the H19 solid body, H76 thinline hollow-body and the 1260 flat top acoustic. These were Harmony's big-3 instruments and were promoted widely.
Harmony H76 - The Crafstmen Come From Here
Harmony H76 - The Crafstmen Come From Here
In 1967, the American guitar market was under attack. Skilled luthiers at Gibson and Guild were safe, even those these companies had their problems to overcome, but at the lower end, where guitars ...
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Want To Take A Harmony Guitar Apart
Harmony H19 Silhouette - Want To Take A Harmony Guitar Apart
Mid sixties advert highlighting some of the features of a Harmony guitar: the slim necks, truss rod, hollow body construction and De Armond pickups. The fact that Harmony was an American company (f...
Harmony 1260 - You plug it in, it turns you on
Harmony 1260 - You plug it in, it turns you on
The title of this advertisement, of course, is a play on Dr. Timothy Leary's 'Turn On, Tune in, Drop out' suggestion, so current amongst the youth of late 1960s America; Harmony new their market. U...

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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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VINTAGE 1950s / 60s Harmony Patrician Archtop Guitar

VINTAGE 1950s / 60s Harmony Patrician Archtop Guitar

Farmingdale, New Jersey, 077**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Harmony H1407 Patrician Archtop Guitar + Hardshell Case
It's either a 1950s or an early 1960s
Pickups and electronics work great
Really fun Guitar to play
I've had it for 17 years
-The cracks were professionally filled but never stained
-minor scratches
Besides those cosmetic flaws
This Guitar is fantastic
Plays extremely well
Beautiful action
Just a really really fun Guitar
Hardshell case included
... more
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VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed

VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed

Blacklick, Ohio, 430**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


VTG Stella Harmony Acoustic Parlor Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Set Up Left Handed... more
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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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Vintage Harmony H-162 Acoustic Guitar Neck  Project  Nice Neck 1960s  Needs Work

Vintage Harmony H-162 Acoustic Guitar Neck Project Nice Neck 1960s Needs Work

Eugene, Oregon, 974**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Please see photos. Vintage Harmony H-162 Acoustic Guitar Neck Sold as Project. Nice Neck overall but needs work. To be more specific, end of fingerboard is broken off beyond the 14th fret. Dovetail is mostly still there (rough along edges and chipped at bottom). That said, this is a good looking neck with well preserved finish & attractive rosewood fingerboard. It is straight and the frets have very little wear. There's a bit of finish wear around the edges of headstock but quite minor. ... more
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Vintage 1970 Harmony Sears Silver tone Acoustic Guitar S1212

Vintage 1970 Harmony Sears Silver tone Acoustic Guitar S1212

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Guitar in playable condition neck is straight bridge has lifted and been reglued could use replacement for lower action action is currently 3 / 16 of a inch at 12th fret lower bout measures 15 1 / 4 body depth is 3 3 / 4 scale length is 25 inches neck is solid in body. Case in poor condition see pics. Small sealed surface crack at front bottom right
... 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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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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1963 Harmony H48 Stratotone Mercury

1963 Harmony H48 Stratotone Mercury

DeKalb, Illinois, 601**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Offered here by Aurora Music Co. in DeKalb IL. is a 1963 Harmony Stratotone H48 Mercury
A very cool H48 with the original DeArmond ??Gold Foil?? pickup and all it??s original hardware It plays great, The volume pot is a little stiff but works and I decided to keep it original rather than replace it. It will probably free up over time with more use. it has a little wear and play use but nothing serious. It includes it??s original two tone chip board case with blue felt interior (lid for ... more
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HARMONY acoustic guitar HUMMINGBIRD Sunburst model O 1010

HARMONY acoustic guitar HUMMINGBIRD Sunburst model O 1010

Somerville, Massachusetts, 021**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Harmony guitar model O 1010 or just the 1010 Hummingbird sunburst missing one string guitar has a few dings but nothing dramatic no cracks
Or holes or perforations or separation etc
Feels firm / nice
the last picture is of a similar model in better shape offered at a different platform
Non smoking previous owner
I offer retail shipping in the USA mainland shipping territory only
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1960s Harmony Acoustic Steel String Guitar USA

1960's Harmony Acoustic Steel String Guitar USA

Seal Beach, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1960's Harmony Acoustic Steel String Guitar I think it's a model H162. It's been refinished, original tuners, customized pick guard, flowers painted on top. No Cracks or damage, missing Logo, Brazilian Rosewood finger Board, Solid spruce top, mahogany sides and back. comes with a hardshell case
Buyer agrees to pay within 3 days of receipt of invoice
THANK YOU FOR ... more
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1960s Harmony H1213 Archtone Archtop Guitar w /  Piezo Pickup (2 of 2)

1960's Harmony H1213 'Archtone' Archtop Guitar w / Piezo Pickup (2 of 2)

Miller Place, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1960's Harmony H1213 Archtone Restored Made in USA
Beautiful, nicely restored example. When it came in to us the action was a mile high and we called it 'the slide guitar'. We decided to pull all the frest and sand the fingerboard level (no truss rod) and found a beautiful maple fingerboard under the terrible brown stain they originally used in the factory. We refretted it and tweaked everything to perfection!!
New leveled fingerboard, new frets, all new glue joints; setup with 10 gauge ... 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
... more
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Vintage 1950s Harmony H51 Archtop Acoustic Electric Guitar In Case H-51

Vintage 1950's Harmony H51 Archtop Acoustic Electric Guitar In Case H-51

Cedar City, Utah, 847**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very nice used Harmony H51 guitar.
All electronics have been tested and do work as they should. The tone knob is missing
This guitar does play well and has many years of enjoyment left to give
You will receive the item pictured
In stock and ready to ship
Satisfaction Guaranteed
Fast Free Shipping!
Don't forget to check out our other auctions for hard to find items at great deals.
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1957 Harmony H44 Stratotone

1957 Harmony H44 Stratotone

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


1957 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
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Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Vintage 1971 Sunburst W / Hard Case Great Condition!

Harmony H82 Electric Guitar Vintage 1971 Sunburst W / Hard Case Great Condition!

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


Vintage 1971
Harmony H82 Rebel Sunburst Electric Guitar
Excellent Player!!
If your seeing something of concern not described below, please ask
Condition / Description:
This is a Vintage 1971 Harmony Rebel that's truly an eye catcher, and plays great! This guitar was professionally gone over and there are no signs of breaks, repairs, damage or refinishing. The original finish will have expected scratches, dings, marks, etc . that I consider to be minor given its age (see all ... 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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Vintage Kay Harmony Blonde Wood Banjo, 1950s-60s.

Vintage Kay Harmony Blonde Wood Banjo, 1950s-60s.

Red Lion, Pennsylvania, 173**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a really cool 60+ year old banjo
Blonde wood with a nice pattern design on back
Face drum in good condition
Neck good
Needs restrung and bottom (sting fastener?) Attached
String tensioner knobs could be replaced as well
Best value on the web
... more
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SS Stewart Harmony Guitar Blonde

SS Stewart Harmony Guitar Blonde

Stratford, Connecticut, 066**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Good condition see photos
Local pick up Stratford Ct, Narragansett RI or can meet

No case
... more
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1948 Harmony Arch Top 1215 Blonde Good Condition for its age.

1948 Harmony Arch Top 1215 Blonde Good Condition for it's age.

Saint Petersburg, Florida, 337**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1948 Harmony Arch Top 1215 Blonde
Serial Number 222H1215 Stamped inside
Date L-48 USA Stamped Inside
Very Good condition for the vintage
One loose unattached brace inside will need attention
New Retro Tuners
Neck is straight and secure
New Bridge
New Strings and Low action
2 Minor scrapes on the edge shown in picturesCase is included. It needs a new handle
Please look over photos carefully and pay close attention to the description. I am far from a ... more
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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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

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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