Up for sale, a 1962 Harmony Hollywood model H39 archtop in excellent condition. The Harmony Hollywood features a fully hollow birch body and maple neck, with a DeArmond gold foil pickup in the neck position and the distinctive Oscar silkscreen on the headstock. Acoustically, this guitar has plenty of natural percussive cut and snappy bark, and when plugged in, the DeArmond gold foil pickup offers a sweet, sparkling sonic profile with treble snap and tight bass. This Hollywood weighs 4lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 strings and easy-playing action.
The maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve, measuring .955” deep at the 1st fret and 1.025” at the 12th, with 14 frets clearing the body. The dyed fretboard has a 16” radius and silkscreened block “inlay,” retaining the stock slender fretwire which shows virtually no wear. The scale length is 25” and the original hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4” in width. Action at the 12th fret measures 9/64” at the low E and 6/64” at the high E. The headstock has clean silkscreened graphics with the Academy Awards “Oscar” statuette. The headstock features a set of modern aged brass open-gear tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The steel-reinforced neck plays cleanly from frets 1-12, and there is a notable upward curvature or “ski jump” in the fretboard extension over the body, so notes beyond fret 12 are unplayable. Yet for the majority of the fretboard (and ostensibly the range where most players would fret on this instrument) the guitar plays cleanly and the action is very comfortable.
All of the electronics function as intended, with the DeArmond gold foil pickup governed by Master Volume and Tone controls. Hardware includes the original chrome-plated trapeze tailpiece and a modern replacement carved rosewood bridge. Stock plastics include the white “cupcake” knobs and Harmony-branded dark tortoise pickguard. The factory date (1962) and model stamps are visible through the bass-side F-hole.
The gloss two-tone Sunburst finish (“Brown Mahogany Shaded and Highlighted” according to the Harmony catalog description) is framed on both sides by painted-on binding. There is some finish chipping along the “binding,” and there are a few areas where the top and back had previously separated slightly from the rims which have been professionally addressed and reglued. Cosmetic wear otherwise comprises some minor dings and faint scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss Sunburst finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean.