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1964 Harmony H-77

Serial # 3302. With its triple-pickup configuration, gorgeous tortoise celluloid headstock and matching pickguard, sunburst finish and amplitude of chrome and nickel, the H77 is a striking machine. This one is in near-perfect condition, too, having been well cared of by its owner for the better part of the last half-century. The original bill of sale that accompanies the guitar shows a purchase price of $329 -- or about $40 more than a Fender Strat!

16" full hollow maple ply thin body, bound in multi-layered black and white celluloid, and finish in a red sunburst; three DeArmond height-adjustable pickups with volume and tone controls and on-off switching for each. 24" scale bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, nickel Waverly tuning machines, rosewood adjustable bridge. Treble horn has a small hole from a previous strap button, the bridge pickup's switch tip is a replacement, and there are a few replaced mounting screws.

The guitar's bone nut and Tune-O-Matic bridge are replacements that we've installed here at Folkway, and the original bridge is in the case pocket.

A phenomenal sounding guitar with powerful, fat, and clear sounding pickups. There's pretty much nothing that sounds like a good H77, and players looking for a robust but articulate single-coil tone have been figuring this out quietly for years. The Black Key's Dan Aurbach has helped spread this model's gospel.

Excellent playability thanks to unworn original frets, and a fresh set-up in our shop. Scale of 24", nut width is 1-11/16. Deep D-shaped neck carve.

With padded gigbag

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