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1961 Harmony Stratotone Mars H45 Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1961 Harmony Stratotone Mars model H45 in perfect working order. 100% original save for a modern pair of cupcake knobs. A simple and straightforward vintage Stratotone model, this USA-made Mars H45 features a Volume and Tone control for the single original DeArmond-made "Hershey Bar" pickup. A fully hollow maple bodied instrument with a wooly bark and clear treble cut when strummed acoustically, these tonal properties translate through the pickup with great accuracy. The pickup has a rich, warm sound and a percussive character without being too snappy, and the low end stays defined even with the thicker sound indicative of a pickup in the neck position. The instrument is featherweight at 4lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings and comfortable action.

The maple neck has a round, baseball-bat C-shaped profile carve, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .965" at the 12th. The dyed maple fretboard retains the original frets which show moderate wear, primarily beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9. The scale length measures 24 1/4", and the bone nut is a full 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the original open-gear tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well with stock white buttons.

All of the electronics work as intended, and the wiring is untouched. Beneath the pickguard, the Spring, 1961 date is stamped on the maple body. Original hardware comprises the floating rosewood bridge and chrome-plated trapeze tailpiece. Plastics include the original single-ply pickguard, notable for being the earlier version of this guard before the pinstriping and graphics were added in later years. The pair of cupcake knobs are modern replacements.

The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish shows faint vertical lacquer checking, with finish scratches and light buckle rash on the back, and much more restrained wear on top. The finish on the neck profile shows palm wear through the gloss behind frets 1-8,  and there's light wear along the headstock edges as well.

A premium black tolex hardshell case (small Alvarez badge on the exterior) is included.