Up for sale, a 1967 Harmony H78 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original two-tone chipboard case. This particular USA-made Harmony iteration is branded "Heath by Harmony," indicating that it was distributed by Heath (of Heathkit fame), and the H78 was at the tip top of Harmony's vintage guitar line. The guitar features three DeArmond gold foil pickups, a figured curly maple body, factory-installed Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece, and nitrate tortoise appointments. In recent years the three pickup H78 Harmony model have been in the spotlight due to its 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.The guitar weighs a mere 6lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation action.
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 H78 also feature adjustable pole pieces, so you can really dial in the balance between the strings. All three pickups have strong 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 very round and substantial baseball bat C profile carve, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The original pearl inlay and aged multi-ply binding are in great shape, dressing up a very nice piece of tight-grained jet black Brazilian rosewood on the fretboard. The original fretwire is remarkably clean, and the frets have well-rounded crowns and exhibit no wear. The scale length measures 24 1/4", and the bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The headstock sports a swirly reddish orange nitrate tortoise veneer and matching truss rod cover, made from the exact same material as Fender tortoise pickguards of the era, and very three dimensional and glossy. There is some shrinking of the tortoise on the headstock veneer, which sits flush with the maple on all edges, and the headstock wings sit perfectly flush with the “core” of the headstock, with finish checking across the seams. The original nickel Waverly tuning machines are positively gleaming and turn very smoothly.
On the body, the guitar boasts all of the original hardware, with the stock Brazilian rosewood bridge with nylon insert saddle, Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece, stock tortoise pickguard, sextet of perfectly clear mini DeArmond bell knobs, and original Brazilian rosewood pickup risers. All of the extensive electronics work as they should, including the pickup switches and all six volume and tone knobs. Additionally, all three Rowe Industries DeArmond gold foils have positively gleaming chrome pickup surrounds with their original "Rowe Industries" foil labels on the baseplates, each individually dated to September 14th, 1966. Visible through the segmented F hole on the body, the 1967 date stamp is present, along with the H78 model stamp.
Cosmetically, this guitar is remarkably well-kept, and the 100% original nitro lacquer Red Sunburst finish highlights ripples of curly flame figuring in the maple on both the top and back of the body. The guitar exhibits some light marks of cable worming in the nitro on the treble side of the back, with a few scuffs central to the lower bout, and a few faint finish scratches and tiny chips on top. The neck profile gloss is clean and smooth, free of palm wear.
Straight and clean right down to the original plastic strap buttons and gleaming chrome, this Heath-branded Harmony H78 is a genuine USA-made vintage example, professionally setup and dialed in to play its best.
The original two-tone gray/blonde chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the guitar.