Up for sale, a 1958 Silvertone H61 archtop electric guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Produced by Harmony in the USA under Sears' Silvertone brand of instruments, the H61 is a single pickup iteration of the H62 model. One of the earliest electric archtop offerings produced by Harmony and also one of their most visually stately and tonally alluring instruments, the H61 features a single neck position Gibson-made P-13 single coil. With a solid pressed spruce top, solid maple back and sides, and a full 3 1/2" body depth, the guitar has a articulate, full acoustic response, and the overwound P-13 pickup delivers plenty of sweet percussive cut and midrange bark, proving to be the perfect pairing to the body's tonewood combination. Lightweight at only 5lbs 6oz, this Harmony has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 roundwound strings and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a very round, baseball bat-worthy C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .930" deep at the 1st fret and 1.120" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearl block inlay and flawless original slender fretwire. These frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, playing cleanly in every register. The nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width and is a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal clarity and sustain. The Silvertone headstock silkscreen is flawless, and the headstock retains the original set of nickel Waverly tuning machines which turn smoothly.
The simple electronics work as intended with an untouched wiring harness. The P-13 pickup has a clean nickel cover paired with an oversized subtly transparent tortoise pickup ring. The original bright white cupcake knobs and deep red transparent tortoise pickguard round out the plastics, and the original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert and nickel trapeze tailpiece are intact too. The top has great curvature with no sinking, and the bridge has room for adjustment on both thumbwheels. The bold H61 model stamp and faded, yet still legible 1958 date stamp are visible through the segmented F hole.
The two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is stunningly well-kept, showing just a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. There is light vertical lacquer checking across the top, with lighter checking on the back, and the dark "target burst" highlights curly flame figuring central to the back. The nitro gloss on the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown chipboard case with red poodle interior is included. The case has some loose stitching on the headstock end, yet is still viable, equally as clean as the guitar and retaining the original handle and latches.