With the slight hump removed new M. The Harmony Guitar Company became the largest producer in the U. And as to collapsing, c'mon man. I was paging through my daughter's Rolling Stone Magazine today and saw a small article with three different artists that use Harmony Guitars and they were singing their praises. I've got a 30s Kalamazoo, a beat up dog of a Harmony and my fave: an old oval soundhole Kay that will eat most other flat tops on volume.
Stairway to Heaven, was recorded with one. A rose was hand-painted by myself back in the 70's due to the Sovereign logo chipping. The Harmonies are likely a mortise and tennon, rather than a dove tail, but steaming it apart is the only way to know for sure. Selected quotes All quotes and references are copyright their original owners and are included for reference only. I have a 12 string that started its life as a Harmony Sovereign in the mid 50's. Fingerboard Reshoot The frets were removed and the guitar was prepared for the reshoot. If you're lucky you'll only have to re-glue it.
However, the best is tuning it a half step down Eb and use the capo on fret one to get to regular pitch. The Sovereign series also included a dreadnought and orchestra-sized guitar. Stairway to Heaven, was recorded with one. With its jumbo body shape, the Harmony H1260 is known for its big, booming voice. The fingerboard was to be assessed after it has been removed to ascertain if it could be reused or replaced. Rosewood ovalled fingerboard and bridge.
I'm pretty handy and would like to try resetting and stabilizing it myself. Remember that the Ark was built by a lone amateur and the Titanic by a staff of highly educated, highly trained engineers. The large deep body has selected mahogany back and sides, resonant spruce top, white edge bindings, with inlays. Anybody know a site where web images of the neck assembly could be viewed? The H1260 was produced between 1958 — 1971. You can actually wiggle it to and fro relative to the body! All braces are intact with no surprises or excuses. Martin began using X bracing in the mid-1850s, with the X bring formed by braces running from the upper to the lower bouts, and crossing about an inch on the bridge side of the soundhole. This vintage instrument is in good condition with expected signs of use for it's age.
I'm willing to bet that yours actually says 2137 H1260 instead of 1060. Like any guitar, well-made ladder-braced instruments shouldn't be prone to collapse unless they've been abused. Large deep body has polished natural finish selected spruce top, carefully braced. This guitar is completely restored and ready to play! If not, you'll have to contact the manufacturer with the serial number to get the year of manufacture. I am having the bridge removed and reglued, and new tuners put on as the old ones have to much play in them for my likeing.
However, I'm unaware of any ladder braced guitar with scalloped braces, and scalloping allows the top to vibrate more freely - and with more volume - than straight braces, and still provides stability. Like yourself, i use it in open tuning for slide and has been like that for a few years. Is there a modern maker who has monkeyed around with ladder bracing to come up with something that will really bark the blues but won't deform the top when you string it with heavy strings in D? Anybody know a site where web images of the neck assembly could be viewed? But i did want to give it another try as a standard tuned guitar as i do like some of the sounds, airy and open. It has a bound Brazilian Rosewood fretboard on a nice big mahogany neck. On the downside, almost all 1260's at this age, need neck resets, but this is a great guitar, I highly recommend it. This gave the Asian manufacturers of guitars, and other instruments, a toe hold on our shores, which they've never relinquished.
. There is ladder bracing and then there is ladder bracing. Check out other Harmony 1260 - Harmony guitars 1965 Mid sixties Harmony advert, showing a solid-body H19 , an acoustic 1260 , and an electric semi-acoustic H75. From 2010 Acoustic magazine interview: I understand your favourite acoustic guitar is the Gibson J-200. My first good guitar was an acoustic made in Prague. Burnside, Big Bill Broonzy, or Lonnie Johnson, In the 50+ years I have been playing it seems the only thing I have seen even two gut bucket fingerpicking blues guys sitting in a room together agree on is it don't matter what the guitar is as long as it has a wide nut. The only course of action was to defret the guitar and reshoot the fingerboard.
Tons of blues players used them. This one was 2137 1060??? It forms the strongest geometrical figure as well, which is the triangle, that not only opposes the strongest torsional moment but also opposes the slight asymmetrical forces centered at the bridge, from varying string-to-string tensions, that are imparted to the top. In 1975, due to flagging demand which they predicted , and increased competition from Asian sources which they in part created , Harmony closed it's doors and sold off everything, except the Harmony name. It does lack bottom end and the V neck is a pain. . Back, sides and neck are of selected mahogany.
They sold 250,000 pieces in 1923 and 500,000 in 1930, including various models of guitars, banjos, and mandolins. All returns must received within 7 days of notification. Do you know how to read the Serials on these H1260's? All of the braces were scalloped except the back braces. They nearly all have to be set up if it hasn't been done in the past. The guitar is then brought back to standard tuning with the capo. P dots were inlayed the fingerboard was refretted.
I'm pretty handy and would like to try resetting and stabilizing it myself. A Renovation Plan To remove the fingerboard from the neck and body To remove the Maple veneer from the top of the neck. The sustain dies off quickly, almost sounds harp like with a ballsy aggressive direct attack with that sweet sweet gibson high end. Very woody tone over all. Other than a small ding on the top it looks barely played.