Up for sale, a 1966 Harmony H75 in excellent condition and in good working order. This model sat at the top of Harmony's vintage line, featuring three DeArmond gold foil pickups, a figured curly maple body, harp tailpiece and tortoise appointments. Professionally refinished in a two-tone gloss Sunburst very close in gradient and saturation to Harmony's '60s Sunbursts, this H75 is an exquisite example of this uncommon model. In recent years the three pickup H75-78 series Harmony models have been in the spotlight due to their association with Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys, being used heavily for live performance and in the studio, delivering classic gold foil jangle and fuzzed out sizzle. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and a fresh set of 10-46 roundwound strings, this H75 is ready for the stage and studio, weighing only 6lbs 6oz.
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 surgically dial in the balance between the strings. All three pickups have strong, balanced 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 maple neck has a round baseball bat C profile carve with generous shoulder, filling the palm comfortably and fretting easily, measuring .925" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark and tight-grained cut of this tonewood, framed by multi-ply binding and featuring pearloid block inlay. The original slender frets retain their full factory height and are practically perfect, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. The neck is straight, the truss rod is responsive and optimally adjusted, and the guitar plays well up the 24 1/4" scale. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width, with a small shim beneath the bone to achieve the proper height. The headstock sports the Harmony logo engraved in the dark tortoise veneer, and the original nickel open-gear tuners turn very smoothly.
On the body, all of the original hardware is intact, with six transparent miniature DeArmond bell knobs and a Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert. The extensive electronics work as they should, including the trio of two-way pickup on/off switches and all six Volume and Tone knobs. The pickup baseplates are factory numbered for their position (1-3) and retain their original matching factory date stamps from April 6th, 1966. The nitrate red tortoise switch plate matches the headstock overlay, and the pickups retain their stock Brazilian rosewood pickup risers. Visible through the F hole, the original gold Harmony label is intact.
The two-tone Sunburst gloss highlights curly flame figuring extending across the body, with a touch of light scuffing adjacent to the bridge feet and a tiny bit of finish loss on the edge of the neck profile north of the mounting bolts. Extremely well-kept, wear is limited to a couple minor marks on the binding, and a few very small shallow nicks on the back, essentially minor wear below the new smooth gloss that didn’t quite sand out before the new finish was applied. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.