Up for sale, a 1960's Harmony H75 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. The H75 was at the top of Harmony's vintage guitar line, featuring three DeArmond gold foil pickups, a figured curly maple body, and nitrate tortoise appointments. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, we've dialed in this Harmony with 11-49 strings and easy-playing action.
There's really nothing that can match the balance, clarity, and overall tonal character of a good trio of gold foil pickups. They have a percussive snap and twang, tight bass, and a harmonically-rich midrange that sounds great when each pickup is singled out or when paired together in any one of seven combinations. Unlike many gold foils, the ones on the H75 also feature adjustable pole pieces, so you can really dial in the balance between the strings. All three pickups have strong output, and when mated with the fully hollow maple body, the tone benefits from both the immediate attack of the maple and the warmth and fullness of the hollow construction. The guitar is also lightweight at 7lbs 5oz.
The maple neck has a round "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and notable heft, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is a jet black, tight-grained cut of this hallowed tonewood, framed by multi-ply binding and boasting pearloid block inlay. The original slender frets are intact with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear and playing cleanly in every register. The scale length measures 24 1/4", and the bone nut is 1 3/4" in width. The headstock sports a deep red nitrate tortoise overlay and matching truss rod cover, made from the exact same material as Fender tortoise pickguards of the era, and very three dimensional and glossy. The original Waverly tuning machines are intact, turning smoothly and holding pitch well, and there are two tiny mounting holes on the back of the headstock from some previously removed tiny plaque.
All of the extensive electronics work as they should, including the pickup switches and all six Volume and Tone knobs. Additionally, all three Rowe Industries DeArmond gold foils have their original "Rowe Industries" foil labels on the baseplates. The foil Harmony label is also visible through the F hole. Hardware includes the Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert and nickel-plated harp tailpiece. Plastics include the four-ply tortoise pickguard which has slight upward deflection (out of the pick path) and matching control plate, with a trio of long baton cream pickup selector switches and a sextet of ambered mini Dearmond bell knobs.
The Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, highlighting the ripples of curly flame figuring which extend liberally across the top and back. The finish has faint vertical lacquer checking, with one tiny chip in the clear coat on top between the knobs, finish loss down to the bare maple beneath the feet of the floating bridge (invisible when the bridge is mounted) and with some localized finish scuffing in this area. There are a few minor finish scratches and dings on the lower bout on the back, and a small amount of finish loss on the rims adjacent to the rear strap button. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss finish.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.