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1957 Harmony H88 Stratotone Doublet Vintage Neck Through Guitar w/ Case, H44

$2,499.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1957 Harmony H88 Stratotone Doublet in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. The rarer big brother of the H44 Stratotone, the H88 Doublet boasts a pair of DeArmond's "Hershey Bar" pickups in distinctive black-painted brass covers with chrome accents.

Coupled with pairs of concentric Volume/Tone knobs, the H88 delivers a tone that shimmers and sparkles with great sustain and clarity. Ideal for fingerstyle playing through a low wattage tube amp, this guitar is dynamic, responsive and powerful. Naturally, it sounds equally as good when flatpicked, yielding a broad tonal spectrum and a percussive wooly bark when pushed hard. This is also one of the only neck through body designs ever produced by Harmony, and the sustain and overall resonance of the instrument truly benefits from this construction. The guitar weighs a mere 5lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh set of 11-49 strings.

The neck has a U-shaped profile carve that fills the palm, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and 1.140" at the 9th. The neck is surprisingly easy to play, and the dyed maple fretboard is bound and inlaid with pearloid blocks. The fretboard has been planed and refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire. Great care has also been taken to  achieve action that is easily playable in every register, appreciably lower than most Stratotones on the market, measuring 8/64” on the bass side (measured at the 12th fret), and 7/64” on the treble side. The original bone nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width, and the original Waverly open-gear strip tuners with cream buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The "Stratotone" silkscreen logo is present on the headstock face.

On the body, the electronics work exactly as intended with dedicated stacked Volume/Tone knobs for each of the Hershey Bar pickups and a three-way pickup selector switch. The pickguard is a vintage-spec replacement furnished by Pickguardian. One original paper-in-oil tone capacitor is intact, with one similar replica Grey Tiger replacement, and the CentraLab pots date to the 22nd week of 1957. The original acrylic jack plate is intact, and the stock floating Brazilian rosewood bridge retains its bone saddle insert.

The gloss Black nitro lacquer finish is present, with a couple dings on the bass-side lower bout on top, and a couple finish chips on the body edges. There are some light finish scratches and dings, largely on the back and body perimeter. The gloss on the neck profile is free of palm wear, with a few dings on the profile length as well as shallow wear central to the carve behind frets 6-8, none of which impacts playability.

A modern Eastwood-branded hardshell case is included, uniquely sized to fit this model.