60’s Harmony 000-size, 12-fret in ladder braced solid birch, hair over 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, fun to play and pretty to look at


I’m not usually a 000-body size kind-of-guy but this example dropped in my lap and I couldn’t pass up how sweet it felt when we first met. The size offers ample projection and the solid birch body sounds way more full and resonant than you’d expect from a birch body guitar. About 50 years young, this is a good value for an American made guitar.

SPECS: 000-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced birch top, sides and back in worn burst lacquer finish, slotted headstock, period tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with “D” profile, stained maple fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, bone pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4” +, String Spacing: 2 3/8”, Scale length: 24”, Upper bout: 11 3/4“, Lower Bout: 15 3/8”, Body length: 19”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 38 1/8”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid woods in excellent rebuilt condition. Other than some paint loss, no cracks can be found. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises. Evidence of prior tailpiece install. Top bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, rosewood bridge and a sweet setup.

SOUND: Nice tone and projection. Good all-around player that’s friendly to various styles: fingerstyle, strumming, flatpicking. Generous string spacing at the saddle is a plus for fingerstyle players.

PRICE: $499

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