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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by DHart, Aug 22, 2019.
Nope. I remember them.
With the right marketing they could possibly do good and over come the old stigma. Greg Rich did the same thing when he left Gibson. While there he bought all the rights and patents for the old Recording King line of banjo that Gibson sold only through Montgomery Ward back in the 30's. Then they were pretty much a poor man's banjo. Greg has brought them pretty much to the top of the mtn among banjo builders. High quality instrument, banjo ,guitars ,resos ,and others. I wish'm much success!!
Whatever the early model Harmonys were like way back in the day has no bearing whatsoever on these new guitars. To let a bad experience with the early Harmony guitars taint one's view of these (completely new) instruments is like falling on one's own sword, in my view - that old bias is totally inapplicable to these guitars.
I love the comeback! My first electric was a Rocket, I still mourn the loss. I presently have a Taiwan-made junker Harmony from c.1970 that I absolutely love.
Regarding the video demo on the first page, I share the complaint of one commenter: "Why didn't we hear any clean tone or neck pickups?"
One issue I have is the humbuckers they put on most of the new models; this goes astray from the originals, but again, some clean tones in the demo night help better assess the HBs.
I agree... I don't care to hear any demo with distorted tones. I want to hear how a guitar sounds clean, with full open chords, arpeggios, and single notes. Distorted guitar tone tells me nothing.
having not lived in the US before, and reading about these old low quality guitars, any come back is a good thing in my books!
I love the look of the doube cut! at these pricing, theres a lot of competition with US made guitars, like Dhart said, if there's a good deal for a used one, maybe, but if the pricing is the same or close to a tele, Id probably choose the Tele..
Hertiage guitars is making them. Means nothing to me. I love old Harmonys. But people hate them. Yes they had some pro models. Some had nitro finish some told me? But they get labled as studen models. And some were not. But they will always have a stigma. And they are rissuing old models as well. These. But are they wanted? Time will tell.
Harmony tried to come back twice. Failed. Silvertone was made By Samick. Owned by a group of people. Failed. Why? Juptior was great. Danelectro 2 styles from Silvertone was mahogany but failed. We will see.
They are doing Teisco as well. Have you seen the pedels?
I would probably go Supro f I wanted an updated version of a quirky, retro guitar.
there's a vintage meteor on a classified site near me. i would looooooove this:
The thread is splitting into two related threads. First, yes, Harmony was an economic, entry-level, "clone" type company, but they did have some unique innovative features from time to time, and they had the occasional high-end offering that was actually competitive. Some folks still see them as a badge of shame. If it was all you could afford, or a hand-me-down, you just had to grin and bear it. But some 10-20 years ago, they and many other "Ameri-trash" guitars became popular, as alternatives to escalating top brands (and you know who they are). As a result, entry brands like Kay and Harmony were re-discovered, including by some well known artists. A good player can make great music on anything, and exploit what anything does well. We all know why Jack Pearson plays a lowly unmodified Squier - because he can. There's a new level of competence demonstrated, when you can do that. I've got a few of these old "Chicago" brands, and they make good instruments with adjustments (we should discuss the hamstring brass frets they used sometime though).
Second, the instruments being made in Kalamazoo have to be quality instruments made by quality folks. If they decided to lend tribute to a blast from the past (everyone had a Harmony at one time from that era), they can do so with no shame, and with respect. They look nice, faithful repros, and no doubt with great quality materials and workmanship. They make perfect sense, that a high quality US maker would offer an entry-level US made brand, using a US made brand name from the past, that was also an entry level. I'm guitar poor, but I'd have no problem playing one of these out.
I do not consider 2000 or 1500 as a affordable model. That is expensive to me.
"Affordable" only in TGP-speak.
They are more than I thought (assumed under $1000), $1299 at MF right now. That's still half of a new Heritage.
I might have got the price wrong. Still to high for me.
And stickers give a muddy sound. I love expensive just as much as they next fellow. But have you ever read there at that page? Chuck Barry died. So I ask my wife if I could get a Gibson 335 just like he had. She said sure. It was on 3900. That was a real bargin. Wow baby!!!!!
I found a custom builder. Cool guitar some one will say. What did it cost? Some will say I would rather not say. Or I spent 5000 dollars. Wow.
I like reading at that place. They are a nice group of people. But do not get me started on the custom amp price of the brands I never heard of?
The greatest Harmony guitar that ever was.
Mabye that price is for the 60's reissues instead of the ones thet got out now?
He was more identified with a red 355, similar to a 335 but his was unique. Related, he started on a Kay Thin Twin: