Late 30s Harmony 0-size 14-fret in ladder braced spruce/birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 1/2” string spacing, great parlor for fingerstyle blues

051120A

Old small body arch tops have become popular thanks to Dave Rawlings and others. Early Epiphone and Gibson examples are as scarce as they are expensive. But Harmony also produced a version of the parlor size arch top and it delivers the look, feel and sound that’s no less cool than its cousins born of a different pedigree. This guitar plays easy and sounds surprisingly full for an f-hole design top. Completely rebuilt for modern play, it’s a good value for an American example from this period

SPECS: 0-size body, 14-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid spruce book matched top in faint finish, birch sides and back in natural finish, top and back binding, poplar neck with steel neck reinforcement added, period tuning machines, soft “V” neck profile, new radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood floating bridge, bone nut and saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 1/2“, Scale length: 25.46”, Upper bout: 9 1/2“, Lower Bout: 13 1/4”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 38”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 15/16”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing to accommodate modern steel strings. Other work included neckset, new radius fretboard/frets, bridge, setup. Repurposed woods may have underlying scrapes and scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Full and resonant with bare fingerstyle tone coming rather easily. Flatpick voice is crazy vibrant. Generous string spacing at the saddle. Action can be adjusted to suit your playing style.

PRICE: $699

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