1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Fun with a Harmony archtop

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by charlie chitlin, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    Always wanted to electrify this one...it's a nice player.
    It's a Montclair.
    Never bothered to find out the year.
    It's got some mystery wood.
    Mother-of-pegboard maybe.
    The poles on the pickup are close together for one of those Rockets or something with the skinny neck, but it sounds great.
    Maybe this will be the guitar I keep flatwounds on. IMG_20210302_170817.jpg
     
  2. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    10,697
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    Horn Lake, MS
    Looks great. Reminds me of the guitar Mark Farner used in the GFR early days.

    I ordered a set of those pickups from Allparts that was supposed to arrive Saturday, but I'm still waiting on Fedex. I'm planing a GFR tribute guitar build in the near future.
     
    crazydave911 and Flip G like this.
  3. Toadtele

    Toadtele Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    45
    Posts:
    1,574
    Joined:
    May 23, 2018
    Location:
    Idaho just the tip
    Beautiful
     
    crazydave911 and Flip G like this.
  4. blue17

    blue17 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    367
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2020
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    How's the relief on it? I've got an old Harmony Hollywood sitting around and despite saying "steel reinforced" on the headstock, if it's not adjustable, then the steel is worthless once it has some bow to it.
     
  5. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    This one has a truss rod that works fine.
    There is some weird stuff happening to the fretboard where it overhangs the body, but there's no money up there.
     
  6. drlucky

    drlucky Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    869
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2012
    Location:
    Fresno, Ca
    [​IMG]

    Not a Harmony, but a 1942 Kay K25. Guitar was given to an old friend by the daughter of the original owner. It had sat in a closet since the late 50's. Tuner buttons and pickguard were missing, and it needed a good cleaning but otherwise in great shape. It was given to me...my luthier had the tuner buttons and pickguard in his stash, cleaned the guitar up and set it up. It plays beautifully...sounds really good for 30's blues and jazz. I got an old Dearmond Guitar Mic for it but there's not really room for it under the strings. Super light and fun to play!
     
  7. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    11,141
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    Oooh, nice. That pickup looks just right on that!
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
  8. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    Nice!
    Finding the right pickup was difficul.
    This foil is super thin and it JUST makes it.
    I wanted a DeArmond Dyna, but it wouldn't fit.
    Actually...the foil is cooler.
     
    crazydave911 and drlucky like this.
  9. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,825
    Joined:
    May 24, 2010
    Location:
    Scotland
    Shine a flashlight in the f-holes. My '43 Cremona has all the date information inked into the wood......
     
  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    I'm pretty sure it's there, but there's a bunch of spotty stuff in there...looks a lot like polishing compound...I have to clean it off.
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
  11. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    OK...cleaned out the spotty stuff.
    Numbers are faint, but it appears to be a 1957.
     
    Flaneur and crazydave911 like this.
  12. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    11,141
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    Just getting broken-in!
     
    crazydave911 and charlie chitlin like this.
  13. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,348
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Flats on a mustache pickup? My first instinct is that'd be a shame, because those have such a nice bite. But now I'm curious. Maybe it'd sound great.
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
  14. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    16,374
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Kimberton
    It has a really surprising amount of treble for where it's mounted.
    It reacts to the tone control as well as any pickup I've heard.
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
  15. bottlenecker

    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,348
    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2015
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    My main guitar is a hollow body with only a neck pickup, so I'm not surprised. Two pickup guitars often seem to have really choked neck pickups, so people have this idea that they have to be muddy. I think it's the most clear and natural position on an archtop, and not having the weight of a pickup next to the bridge really helps.
     
    crazydave911 likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.