Up for sale, a 1961 Harmony Stratotone Mars model H46 in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case. One of the less common upscale Stratotone models, this Mars model features unique stack knob Volume and Tone controls for the pair of DeArmond-made "Hershey Bar" pickups. A fully hollow instrument with a wooly bark when strummed acoustically, these tonal properties translate through the pickups with great accuracy. The instrument has a rich, warm sound in all pickup positions, with optimal tweakability given the stacked dual Volume and Tone knobs. The guitar has a nice percussive character, and the low end stays defined, with a rich growl when you dig in hard. The instrument is featherweight at 5lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action.
The maple neck has an extremely round and deep U-shaped profile carve, filling the palm and fretting easily, measuring .955" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The dyed maple fretboard retains the original frets which retain their full factory height and play well in every register, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. 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. The silkscreened graphics on the headstock face are practically perfect, with Harmony's signature atomic music note logo.
All of the electronics work as intended, with original stacked pots and Hershey Bar pickups. Under the pickguard, the 1961 body stamp is bold, and there is virtually no fade of the Sunburst nitro lacquer finish when comparing the exposed finish and that which has been protected beneath the pickguard. The graphics on the pickguard are also flawless, and '61 was the first year these graphics were added to this model. The chrome pickup covers shine like new, along with the short trapeze tailpiece. The floating Brazilian rosewood bridge rounds out the original hardware complement.
The two-tone Sunburst gloss highlights light flame figuring in the maple on the bass side on top, and cosmetically, this is an exceedingly well-preserved Harmony. Wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches and tiny marks on the lower bout on the back, and light pick scuffing across the guard. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with light palm wear on the bass-side shoulder.
The original gray chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the guitar. The case features pristine black leather trim, functional latches, and the original handle.