1940s “RANGER” Harmony 000-size, 14-fret in ladder braced solid birch all around, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, Grandaddy of old cowboy guitars!
Peel away the cowboy stencil and these old catalog guitars sold through Sears, Monty Wards and Eaton Department Stores in Canada were well made instruments that have stood the test of time. This example was made for the Canadian market and was extremely well kept for a 70+ year old acoustic. It’s been completely updated on the inside while preserving the vintage vibe on the outside. This particular model is illustrated on page 165 of Evans and Middlebrook’s book, “COWBOY GUITARS”.
SPECS: 000-size body, 14-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid birch top in original finish, solid birch sides and back in original finish, top and fretboard binding, poplar neck with steel neck reinforcement added, original tuning machines, soft “V” neck profile, new radius’d ebony fretboard with new frets, MOP markers, new rosewood floating bridge, bone nut and saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/8“, Scale length: 25.46”, Upper bout: 11 3/16“, Lower Bout: 15”, Body length: 19”, Widest body depth: 4”, Overall length: 39 7/8”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.
CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with updated 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: The 000-size body truly drives the tone on this guitar. Bright and resonant as a flapicked strummer. Subtle and understated as a fingerstyle guitar. Action can be adjusted to suit your playing style.
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