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westtexasred
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:26 pm    Post subject: Harmony H-78 Reply with quote

Yeah,I know I said I'm done buying guitars but when I went to my friend's store today(gotta stop going there!) he ushered me into the back room to show me "something cool" he just got in:
a 1966 Harmony H-78.I asked how much and he was going to sell it for and said $800.I told him in was very cool and it's a guitar that I had wanted since I was little kid drooling over the Silvertone version in the Sear catalog. But I told him about my vow never to buy another guitar and he said "well how bout if it were $600?". Aww man...I would have to be tied to the mast like Ulysses to resist that sirens song!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks in great shape. Love those tort headstocks and really like the divided f-holes. How's it sound?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah you only took that vow because you got jaded , the thrill is back now that it's forbidden. nice guitar too
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris Fleming wrote:
Looks in great shape. Love those tort headstocks and really like the divided f-holes. How's it sound?


Sounds great! Has the original Gold foil DeArmond pickups.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pics I took of Dan with his at Bimbos 365 in SF

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool. It's got a Hagstrom bridge too.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats! So many kool things going on with that guitar ya just gotta love it!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. It belonged to the son of the original owner. It was an H-77 when his dad bought it but it's original tailpiece was changed to the Bigsby.





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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love this guitar. One of my favorite records when I was in college was Kevin Ayers "Bananamour".I bought it at "Peoples Place" in 73.



Kevin Played a Harmony H-78 on the original recording of the song "May I". Love that song,it has a real VU vibe(like "I'll Be Your Mirror").


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Kevin recorded a live album with John Cale and Nico(Brian Eno too!) in 74.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yowza, that thing is tits. nice one!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! I found out so more info on this guitar. This is actually is an H-76 made around 1970-1972 not 1966. I could find no date stamped inside the guitar,it just says 0095H75."The Harmony Guys" told me you The Bigsby was probably installed at the factory making it an H-76. The The H-75 and H-76s have a Sunburst finish.The H-77 and H-78 has a Cherry Sunburst Finish."The Harmony Guys" told me that you could tell it was a latter version(70-72) because of the plastic F-hole inserts and the white knobs.

Photo below is from the 1965 Harmony catalog











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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get a good look at Dan Auerbach's guitar in the vid below(at about 13:30). You'll notice the headstock on his says says "Harmony by Heathkit".
It was originally sold as "Build it yourself" kit at Radio Shack.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somebody buy this Airline guitar on Ebay and sell me one of the knobs!



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was wondering about that... crap they are attached to something
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey kids...build your own electric guitar for $219.95 !





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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the year of this catalog?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sunshiner wrote:
What is the year of this catalog?


The one above was 1967.The one below is 1968



Here is a kit built "Harmony by Heath" TG-46

It sold on Ebay for about $2000









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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Re: Harmony H-78 Reply with quote

westtexasred wrote:
"well how bout if it were $600?"


Well how about $300?
Don't want to be a total dick, but someone have to buy this one. ebay

Actually it is not the same model, but they are almost the same eggs. I made some research and think that it is an offer of the century. cause all twin models like Aria, Norma, etc. cost two or three times more expensive.







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