Up for sale, a 1959 Harmony H62 archtop in exceptional condition, featuring its original pair of Gibson-made P-13 pickups and complete with a modern hardshell case. One of the finest guitars to ever carry the Harmony name, this archtop boasts a 16 1/2" lower bout width, 3 1/2" body depth, and a tone that is as rich as it is defined. Essential for Jump Blues and Jazz, the Gibson produced P-13 single coil pickups are a precursor to the P-90 and have a slightly meatier and darker tone. Through your favorite vintage tube amp, the H62 has lovely top end and sparkle, with a bass response that has a sweetness and bloom to the notes without being boomy or lacking focus. Truly one of the cooler vintage pickups ever produced, the P-13 pickups compliment an archtop that's stately and alluring with a maple body, spruce top, and tortoise appointments. The guitar also weighs a mere 6lbs 6oz. This Harmony H62 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and D'addario roundwound 11-49 strings.
According to the original catalog description, the "Harmony Model H62 double pickup guitar is designed for the fullest possible expression of modern guitar technique, affording sharp treble tones, deep bass, and all the in-between shadings which may be desired in lead or rhythm work."
The neck has a very round and chunky C shaped profile that fills the palm with generous shoulders while still being very easy to chord. The profile measures .920" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a dark cut of this hallowed tonewood, bound and sporting pearloid block inlay. The original frets are medium jumbo in size with surprising width and crown, showing virtually no wear. The guitar plays well in every register with sweet, singing tones up the 25 1/4" scale. The nut is the original hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain, measuring 1 3/4" in width. The "Harmony" logo and fleur de lis is cleanly inlaid on the Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer. The original Waverly tuning machines all turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
All of the electronics function as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup capped with the original quartet of brown cupcake knobs. The three-way pickup selector is a modern replacement. The original transparent pickup rings (a very dark, nearly black looking tortoise) are present, as is the diamond switch surround, and a modern replacement thick transparent tortoise pickguard rounds out the plastics. Hardware includes the original nickel trapeze tailpiece, and the plating on the tailpiece and P-13 covers is remarkably clean with just a dusting of surface patina. The carved rosewood bridge with bone saddle is a modern replica, with room for adjustment at both bridge thumbwheels. The top has excellent curvature, and the neck meets the body at an ideal angle. A modern strap button has been added just north of the neck, and the guitar boasts a carved hardwood endpin. Visible through the segmented F hole, both the H62 model stamp and 1959 date stamp are clean and bold.
Cosmetically, the guitar has been extremely well-kept and is in remarkable condition. The nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, and the deep brown Sunburst finish has great saturation and warmth. There is prominent lacquer checking on the edges of the spruce top, and just a few nicks and minor scuffs on the body as a whole, mostly relegated to the back. The smooth nitro gloss is also intact on the neck profile, free of palm wear with just a few shallow nicks on the profile length.
A premium modern TKL black tolex hardshell case is included with a burgundy plush velvet interior.