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c.1965 Harmony H-49 Stratotone Jupiter

No Serial number. Some of the best sounding electric guitars ever made don't say Fender, Gibson, or Gretsch on their headstocks; and word has finally started to spread about it. The DeArmond gold-foil equipped Harmony Stratotone guitars built in the early to mid 1960's are some of the fattest sounding electrics out there -- and offer something very different in the tone department than most other 60's electrics.

The Stratotones are a hollow-body Les-Paul sized guitar, with flat back and sides and laminate construction. They feature DeArmond's famous wide and flat single coil pickups, short 24" scale necks, trapeze tailpiece and floating bridge. The Jupiter model has a natural-finished spruce top, tortoise-celluloid control plates, and two pickups controlled by a 3 way switch and 5 knobs. The neck has a fairly full D shape, rosewood fingerboard and roughly 12" radius.

This example has an attractive figured maple backside and a sunburst back and neck. Frets are in good shape, and the electronic circuit has been upgraded with a couple of Sprague Orange Drop capacitors. It's nicely set up and plays well.

With original chipboard case, period/original strap, and extra hardshell case.

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