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.