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1960s Fender F-1050 Vintage Auditorium Body Acoustic Guitar, Harmony USA-made Sovereign H-1203


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Up for sale, a 1960's Fender F-1050 vintage acoustic guitar in exceptional, crack-free condition. This very rare Fender acoustic was made in the USA by Harmony, a rebranding of their Sovereign H182 model. Available concurrently with Fender's other bolt-on neck acoustic models made in-house, the Harmony-made F-1050 is notable for being a set neck Fender-branded acoustic. This guitar has just received all the maintenance due a guitar of this vintage with a professional neck reset and carved bone saddle.

This auditorium body acoustic features a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with a bound rosewood fingerboard. With its ladder-braced design and 15" lower bout width, this Fender offers plenty of projection and resonance, and the overarching sound is bold and woody, with punchy, sparkling trebles and a percussive, barking midrange. The bass register has great clarity, cut, and warmth, with good focus. Light as a feather at 3lbs 13oz, this Fender has been dialed in for easy-playing action and fresh 12-53 bronze strings.

The mahogany neck has a round C-shaped profile carve, and the guitar frets cleanly up the 25 1/4" scale with practically perfect original slender fretwire on the rosewood fretboard. The nylon nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width. The headstock features a multi-ply tortoise overlay embossed with the Fender name, and, also unique for any Fender, the 3x3 tuner layout features original Fender F tuners with white hexagonal buttons.

The rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, matching the shape of Fender's acoustic bridges of the era and fitted with a new tall carved bone saddle. The neck has been reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle, and a new plastic heel cap has also been fashioned. The ambered gloss finish on the spruce top is accented by a deep red tortoise pickguard, matching the headstock overlay. Cosmetic wear includes a bit of pick scuffing extending beyond the treble-side edge of the guard and above the soundhole, with wear otherwise limited to some light finish scuffs and minor marks on the body as a whole consistent with light, careful use, and light finish checking on the treble side of the top.

The original black tolex chipboard case with gold plush interior is included.