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1960s Harmony Stratotone Mercury H47 Vintage Guitar w/ DeArmond Gold Foil, Case


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Up for sale, a 1960's Harmony Stratotone Mercury H47 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This vintage USA-made Harmony is a rare Stratotone model, positively stunning in its presentation with a gloss Red Sunburst nitro lacquer finish.

The maple body is fully hollow, with the articulate note attack of this particular tonewood balanced by the tonal breadth and sweet, airy quality of the hollowbody construction. The DeArmond Gold Foil pickup in the neck position has strong output and a clear, percussive quality. Dynamic and barking with an overdriven amp, the pickup has a chewy warmth and woody bite. The rotary tone switch coupled to the pickup has three settings: "Bass" offers the traditional use of the Volume and Tone knobs, "Treble" bypasses the Tone control (only the Volume knob is active), and "Rhythm" is the same as the Treble setting, but with a high pass filter (even more treble!). The instrument is featherweight at 4lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and low action.

The maple neck has a very full C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, firmly in "baseball bat" territory and measuring .955" deep at both the 1st and 12th frets. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of this hallowed tonewood, and the original slender frets are intact. The frets have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the guitar retains the original set of open-gear strip tuners with white buttons, and the Stratotone silkscreen with atomic music note logo is present.

The electronics function as intended, with the original Rowe Industries (the parent company of DeArmond) sticker on the underside of the pickup. The original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge and short trapeze tailpiece are intact, and the original trio of knobs are present. The silkscreened text on the pickguard is flawless, and there's a light rippling of the foil material on top of the pickup.

The original Red Sunburst gloss finish is vibrant and unfaded, settling into the grain of the maple on the back of the body, with a bit of additional finish checking and a few minor scuffs mostly central to the back. Wear on top is equally restrained, and there's a bit of light curly figuring in the maple, especially near the knobs. The nigh flawless gloss finish on the neck profile is extremely smooth and free of palm wear.

The original two-tone blonde/gray chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the guitar with the original, functional latches and handle.