1942 R. Foley 00-size, 12-fret in ladder braced solid spruce over solid birch, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, great projection and sustain


The Harmony-made Red Foley model came and went rather quickly, with wartime production being as limited as it was. The features I like best about this model are the 00- body size, solid spruce top and overall vintage vibe. This crack free example has lost its cowboy and pickguard stencil but otherwise retains the original finish. Great value for a 40’s era American made flattop.

SPECS: 00-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced spruce top, birch sides and back in original burst finish, paddle headstock, period tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with chunky “V” profile, bound soundhole and top, original tortoise style pickguard, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, rosewood bridge, ebony pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 10 1/4“, Lower Bout: 14”, Body length: 18 7/8”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 38” , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 15/16”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 1”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: Crack free, all solid woods in great condition. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Evidence of prior tailpiece install. Top bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, new fretboard/frets, rosewood bridge, finish touchups and a sweet setup.

SOUND: Fine all-around player capable of handling a variety of music styles. Scale length provides a little extra punch. Sweet projection and sustain. The chunky neck might discourage some thumb wrappers but overall playability is a dream.

PRICE: $799

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