Harmony Stratotone Electric Guitar 1960's
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-12-18)
Price : US $225.50
This is a 1960's Harmony Stratotone. It apparently was someone's project guitar, and its brand name and model have been removed from the peghead. Because of basic construction and its peghead shape I thought it might be a Kay, or maybe a Dano or silvertone, and I thank the fellow ebayer who correctly identified it. I would guess that the guitar has been refinished, but its current matte blond finish looks good and appears professionally done.
The guitar is completely hollow, save for a block under the adjustable bridge. The neck is comfy and meaty, and the frets have some wear (I'm guessing they're original), but are evenly worn, not pitted, and have no divots. I think there's room for a re-crowning. Sighting the neck I can see a slight twist, and some relief, but nothing that gets in the way of getting all over the neck without buzz or problems (I'm a long-time pro player). The scale is a very playable 24'; total length is 38'; lower bout is 13'.
The big surprise for me was the pickup. I don't know the story with these pickups (a very quiet single coil? The tiniest minihumber?), but it actually sounds pretty great: It has a low output, but is tight, even, and twangy through a black face deluxe, and quiet and clean through a tweed champ. The hollow body definitely comes through in a nice way; there is a pronounce 'plunk' that adds warmth to the twang and sparkle, and the sound is not at all brittle.
The pickguard (a rather majestic 'mother-of-toil') is a newer repro%
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-12-18)
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