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Monday, March 14, 2011
Harmony Acoustic Archtop
Here's a little something I picked up at the South Carolina Guitar Show. It's a Harmony Archtone acoustic archtop from about 1951. I've been looking for one for quite some time. Although these are quite common - Harmony must have cranked out a blue million of them in the 50s and 60s - most of the survivors are hanging on by a thread, barely playable, and usually in need of a neck reset. This one is a fine player, though, and a looker to boot! Though the pickguard has been replaced, the funky "green flame" finish is in amazing condition. I've also heard that these archtops were made with a solid birch top, unlike some later budget pressboard guitars that followed.
Great for snappy folk-blues and actually quite passable for low-budget jazz comping, a good clean Harmony archtop is getting to be hard to find, so I just had to snatch this one up.