Another NGD -archtop

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RodeoTex, May 19, 2019.

  1. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    A recent tread here caused me to realize that I have never owned an archtop guitar, maybe never even played one, which caused me to go brouse Ebay....
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    An old Harmony, probably 50s or 60s, probably an H6415.
    It cleaned up pretty well and sounds ok with new strings.
    The action is a little high so I'll have to address that.
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    Gotta love that painted on binding.

    So much for my New Year's resolution that I can't get any new guitar without first getting rid of two.
     
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    And the painted ‘flames’. What is the logo on the headstock? Harmony? Kay? Housebrand?
     
  4. RodeoTex

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  5. RodeoTex

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    Actually I have a complete glued-up NOS archtop body from that old Chicago factory.
    I bought it back when Ebay was fairly new.
    Never had the nerve to try to route in the dovetail. I've been meaning to ask @guitarbuilder about that.
     
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    That's very similar to my '44 Cremona II....except mine has the War Time wooden tailpiece.

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    Love those old things. This one belonged to my late stepmother’s father. Her mother broke it over his back in the 70’s because he spent all his time and money playing it in the honky tonks. The repair looks decent though. After she passed nobody on that side of the family wanted it. I don’t understand why.
     
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    There is always next year :lol:
     
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    Congratulations!

    My favorite player of the Chicago arch tops is Jeff Freling of Victor and Penny, who are based in Kansas City. I’ve seen this duo in small rooms and was hugely impressed. “Penny” is Erin McGrane, who married Jeff a couple of years ago. If you play your arch top as well as Jeff, you might win the heart of one as beautiful as Erin.

    She’s also an actress, who had a small part in the movie “Up in the Air,” in the role of the neighbor of George Clooney’s character, who accepted his package while he travelled the country firing people.

    She does a great job playing “rhythm uke” while Jeff goes to town at 1:25.
     
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    Nice~fun guitars when set up right with a good neck.
    Enjoy!
     
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    I do love archtops and would love to get another one of these days. Not the most versatile instrument, but a lot of fun
     
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    I've got my grandfather's old Kay, very similar to your Harmony except it's got a pickup. I have mine tuned to open G, really opens up the sound.
     
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    ^^^ I've really been toying with the idea of sawing in a P90 this weekend.
     
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