1939 Harmony “Encore” model 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced solid birch, 1 11/16” nut, 2 1/4” string spacing, fingerstyle player with bluesy intentions


This Harmony-made parlor was born around the time that the company purchased Oscar Schmidt of New Jersey, its equipment and its parts inventory. For a time there was some “sharing” of parts between and among the two makers’ brands. This example shows evidence of typical OS features including primitive linings, sound hole decal and tuning machines as well as some of the “bark” that later OS ladder braced birch parlors offer blues players today. Nice example in original finish.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, ladder-braced solid birch all around, poplar neck in matching lacquer finish, steel bar reinforcement added, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding white side dots, original tuning machines, “C” shaped neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, painted top binding top, original decal around sound hole, unbleached bone nut, saddle with ebony pins. Nut width: 1 11/16”, String Spacing: 2 1/4”, Scale length: 24 1/8”, Upper bout: 9 1/2”, Lower Bout: 13 3/16”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 36”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 3/4“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 13/16”, Action: 3/32” - 1/8” to customer choice, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ16 light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing and bridge plate to accommodate modern steel strings. Repaired hairlines were cleated underneath. Endblock repaired and reinforced. Chunky neck profile was “upgraded” and re profiled to a more modern “C” shape suitable for average hands, Lacquer checking and wear visible throughout with lacquer touchups here and there. Evidence of prior bridge placement. One bent tuning machine button. Other work included neckset, bridge, setup. Please note that repurposed woods and vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Fun little fingerstyle blues guitar for someone with a less-than-aggressive attack. Plays like fingerstyle guitar but the setup can be adjusted, within reason, to suit your playing style and most alternate tunings.

PRICE: $699



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