Up for sale, a 1967 Harmony Bobkat H14 vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Branded "Barclay," this Harmony was made exclusively for Brash Suttons, one of the biggest music retailers in Australia in the '60s.
Made in the USA, the Bobkat is a simple, stripped-down single pickup model with solid maple construction and a clear, cutting acoustic voice that translates well through the centrally-located DeArmond gold foil pickup. One of the hottest vintage pickups on the market, the DeArmond gold foil is a unique design among single coils, with a strong output of 11k ohms and a clear, dynamic quality that sparkles and chimes. This pickup has a percussive nature with great midrange sweetness and focus too. Featherweight at 5lbs 7oz, we've had this Bobkat professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .925” deep at the 1st fret and .970” at the 12th. On the dyed maple fretboard, the original slender frets are in remarkable shape, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The scale length measures 24 1/4", and the nylon nut is a full 1 3/4" in width. The headstock retains the original clean silkscreened Barclay logo as well as a set of stock open-gear strip tuners.
On the body, the simple electronics work as they should, with Volume and Tone knobs governing the single DeArmond gold foil pickup, as well as a two-way Tone Bypass switch (allowing the player to preset the Tone knob and get a distinctly different sound when the switch is engaged). The solder joints are untouched, the CTS pots date to the 24th week of '67, and the inked date on the underside of the pickguard is from October 25th, 1967. Hardware includes the floating rosewood bridge and chrome-plated tailpiece, and plastics include a practically perfect single-ply pickguard and pair of black mini DeArmond bell knobs. The strap buttons are rather quaint, and while non-original are quite fun, fashioned from a couple of shirt snaps (regular strap buttons can be installed at the buyer's discretion).
The original Red Sunburst gloss lacquer finish exhibits various nicks and scuffs on the body perimeter, and to a lesser extent on the back. There is wear along the headstock edges, and the neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with one touched-up ding on the treble-side shoulder and some small shallow nicks on the profile length.
A gigbag is included.