Up for sale, a 1972 Harmony Color Kat H618 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. The Color Kat guitars were the final (and rarest) iteration of Harmony's Bobkat platform, and this particular example boasts its original Metallic Blue nitro lacquer finish, 100% original save for one new strap button.
This Color Kat features DeArmond gold foil pickups with "moustache" covers, a white single-ply pickguard that closely follows the body's offset contours, and a vibrato tailpiece. It's hard to match the Color Kat for feel, tone, and great playability, and this example is very soulful and resonant with a snappy acoustic voice that translates well through the gold foils. One of the most coveted vintage pickups on the market today, the DeArmond gold foil is a unique design among vintage single coils, with strong output and a clear, dynamic quality. These pickups have a percussive nature and a bold, defined sound with a sparkling treble register, sweet midrange character, and taut, punchy bass. Featherweight at 5lbs 14oz, this guitar delivers a great range of sparkling tonalities and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action and a new set of roundwound 11-49 strings.
The neck has a medium C shaped profile carve with generous shoulder and a substantial feel, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The dyed maple fretboard has pearl dot inlay and the original slender fretwire which retains its full factory height, practically perfect and featuring well-rounded crowns. The scale length is 24 1/4”, and the original nylon nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The matching Metallic Blue headstock sports the silkscreened Harmony logo as well as the original set of open-gear strip tuners which turn smoothly. The seam where the two pieces of the headstock join had separated in the past and was professionally reglued.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each pickup, fitted with original larger DeArmond knobs, and a three-way pickup selector toggle. The wiring harness has untouched solder joints, with a clean May 26th, 1972 date stamp on the underside of the pickguard, and original CTS pots that date to the 4th week of 1965. A ground wire has also been added from the tailpiece to the harness to ensure an ideal noise floor.
The hardware includes the original floating rosewood bridge and the stock vibrato tailpiece which has positively gleaming chrome plating and actuates easily for warbles and shimmies. The plating on the gold foil covers is equally as clean, and the original pickguard is incredibly well-preserved, retaining all of its corners. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the guard, a couple tiny finish chips on the top body edge near the pickup selector toggle, a few light finish scratches on the back, and a small scuff through the gloss central to the lower bout. The finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, showing just a hint of greening in the clear coat. The neck profile is extremely smooth, free of palm wear with only a couple very shallow marks central to the profile carve behind the 1st fret and a small black scuff in the clear coat.