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1935 Harmony Cremona VII

Serial # 2695. The Cremona VII was Harmony's top-tier archtop, and offered between the mid 1930's and early 1950's. The instrument features a 15.5" wide body, carved spruce top and carved figured maple back and sides, wide herringbone top trim and a dark sunburst finish. Pearl inlays and racing stripe on the fingerboard; pearl headstock inlays, gold plated engraved Martin-esque tailpiece, cream-celluloid bindings throughout, and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and adjustable bridge. The headstock features front and back overlays, and the original decal of the store in Montreal from which it sold new, back all those years.

The instrument is in beautiful condition, with original unworn finish and frets, no cracks or damage. The tailpiece hinge has been repaired and pinned, and the pickguard is a nicely made replacement (the original is crumbling, but included). The set up is lovely, but a hard attack will bring out some buzz up the neck from the original 80 year old frets.

The instrument has a full feeling soft-V neck profile, 25" scale, and 1-3/4" nutwidth. It's a comfortable neck, and combined with the instrument's smallish body, it's real enjoyable guitar to hold. It has that classic small-bodied arch top tone, with a lot of punch through the midrange and trebles, and an articulate bass-end.

With modern hardshell case

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