1965 Harmony 0-size 12-fret in ladder-braced solid birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/16” string spacing, great strummer/flatpicker with tons of mojo

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Guitars made at the Harmony factory during the 1960s never cease to amaze me. Their consistent practices, in the use and quality of materials and finishes, is the reason why many guitars from this period are still around today for us to enjoy. This former 910 model enjoys being strummed and flatpicked more than any other style. I don’t know why, exactly, but the guitar has spoken and I choose to listen.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with paddle headstock, ladder-braced solid birch all around in applied vintage amber burst finish, poplar neck in matching lacquer finish, steel neck reinforcement added, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding white side dots, Golden Age tuning machines, “C” shaped neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, unbleached bone nut, saddle with ebony pins. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/16”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 9 1/2”, Lower Bout: 13 3/8”, Body length: 18 5/8”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 37”, 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. Hairlines and cracks were cleated underneath. Evidence of repaired seam separations. Other work included neckset, updated bracing, bridge, setup. Please note that repurposed woods and vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Full and resonant tone when flat picked or strummed and sounds great in blues mode. Can be setup as a bare fingerstyle guitar but the tone is more, let’s say, intimate without a more aggressive attack to draw it out. However, I will say that this guitar is very easy to fret given its short scale length.

PRICE: $699

 

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