50s HARMONY H88 STRATOTONE GUITAR SOLIDBODY NECK THRU
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2007-06-15)
Price : US $2,046
1950’S HARMONY / ALDENS STRATOTONE
SOLIDBODY “NECK-THRU” DESIGN
The “Other Stratocaster”
NO ISSUES AND THE LOWEST ACTION I’VE EVER SEEN
ON A HARMONY SOLIDBODY STRATOTONE.
BIDDING STARTS AT JUST ONE DOLLAR.
You’ll have a hard time finding another...anywhere – and it’s 100% original right down to the pots. Honestly, yet another guitar I said I’d never part with... But I still have my beat-up H88 to fulfill my tonal needs...
These have been referred to as the “other Stratocaster” tough I’ve always thought of them to have much more of a 50’s Telecaster vibe. Some players have compared them to the early Les Paul Jr while others, the aforementioned Fender guitars, but to me these guitars have a fantastic vibe that’s uniquely its own – I LOVE these guitars.
While it’s currently raining Harmony H44 Stratotones here on the bay, there are none of the two pickup “Stratotone Doublet - Professional” models. It’s safe to say that for every 20 H44 Stratotones listed on eBay, there’s one H88, but this is not just another H88. This is the far more obscure than even the Harmony H88 models seen here on eBay. This is the H88 Alden model, which Harmony finished with a super funky black lacquer, gold-fleck finish. (Difficult to photograph but the photo below of the back of the headstock is indicative of the finish on the entire guitar – I guarantee the guitar looks much better and shinier in person) Harmony only did this for the Alden models and in my humble opinion, it’s far cooler looking than the flat black that Harmony used for the guitars with the Harmony moniker on them. I’ve seen only one other Aldens H88 model here on the bay, and that was about a month ago. That one had a $2000.00 “Buy it Now” and it didn’t last long.
Other than the crazy gold Lamae finish, this particular H-88 has one other thing I can’t say about any other solidbody Stratotone I’ve ever played (figure around two...
This guitar is sold (sold on 2007-06-15)
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jody b. said...
you have been very informatable on your h88 aldens stratotone. i have a 50s harmonony h88 aldens stratotone soild bod yneck with 2 pickups .honestly i didnt know what i had until i seen yours.
Frankie R. said...
Mission accomplished! Found the stacked pots, wiring diagram, knobs and put it all together. Installed Gibson vintage strings for an unbelieveable vibe. If you get the chance, get one of the Eastwood H44's and mod it, you'll never put it down or regret it! Although it's not the original, this is definitely a close second.
Frankie R. said...
These are very cool guitars. I bought a jet black Eastwood Airline H44 with two pick ups...I know - it's actually H88 with two pu's.(That's what Eastwood is calling them.) I'd like to find and install a pair of stacked pots on mine that the originals had! I can only imagine the sound from an original H88.