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I bought this about 30 years ago and about 10 years ago sold it to my younger brother.
Last week he said he was thinning the herd and would I like to buy it back.
I accepted, pickups sound great it plays like I believe it did new in the 60s so it’s rough but I’m going to be working on it to get it a bit more tunable and reliable.
I would say it’s 9 out of 10 for condition.
My first wife was a graphic artist and did the image on the pick guard
What do you think?
 
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Grab it, at the expected brotherly discount price :naughty: Amber knobs, trim pickguard to carry it straight thru. Set it up just right, you'll wonder why you ever let it go :cool2:
 

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Would any of you knowledgeable folks have a good web resource for the Harmony guitars in particular serial number/to production year?
 
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hey that looks pretty cool. nice to get an old guitar back after those years I'd imagine.
 

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I like it. The pickguard design is cool too, reminds me of an old tatoo.
 

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Would any of you knowledgeable folks have a good wed resource for the Harmony guitars in particular serial number/to production year?
While I may not be knowledgeable, I have one that looks close to yours. I got it a year or so ago in a partial trade for my Crews KTR LS (bad move, I miss it!).

Look down inside the upper F hole, and it should have some ink stamps. My are : "6-72-?", Made in USA, and: 6151H56-1.
So, mine is a H56-1 from 1972.

Hopefully you can find/see them in yours. Good luck!
 

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hey that looks pretty cool. nice to get an old guitar back after those years I'd imagine.
thank you I am having fun with it the graphic was painted by my ex-wife it is in part why I passed it on to my brother, now 30 years later whatever bad memories have faded and the guitar is a blast to have back and the pick guard and art belong together
 

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I worked on a similar guitar recently, a Harmony-built Silvertone, same body-style, three DeArmond pickups, that was a surprisingly good guitar. Do you know what your pickups are?
 

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Pickups are the double mustache
Serial number was poorly stamped model was clear but its definitely a H54
And it’s either a 66 or a 68 though I lean towards the 66 stamp is just not 100% definitive
 

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cracking cool photo, and a pair of classic guitars
Thank you.
They are probably of similar age. The Tele, I'm told, is an early ('65?) CBS with some pre - CBS left over parts. My Meteor has 'June 5 1964' stamped on the rear of the bridge pickup. In '74 I removed the bridge pup and hacked out the top for a T-Top! I gave the DeArmond away but was re - united with it some 30 years later. The T-Top found its' way into a hand built DC guitar and the Meteor is waiting to be restored.
 

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friends please indulge my update on the Rocket, we have lift off.
I received it back 2 weeks ago today, $91.00 and about 6 hours of parts replacement later and going back and forth tweaking the set up I now have a killer rockabilly guitar.
Honestly I thought it would be as it was before cool vintage guitar that did not play well and took up space more of a novelty.
After completing the work this afternoon I'm very pleased, I figured I would get the bug for a archtop with a wiggle stick and maybe get a Chinese Gretsch or maybe a Reverend Pete Anderson PA-1, but now all I need is a proper case for taking it to jam with my drummer buddy from work.
The only thing that could use some love is maybe the electronics the control pots are a bit wonky so I may try spraying with contact cleaner in the hopes it improves function.
parts
Graphtech nut
Gotoh tuners
ebony bridge from Stew Mac
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