The Bluesbox Collection

1967 Harmony H64 Thinline Electric

The tailpiece, seen in closeup here, was fashioned by yours truly. A past owner had tried to mount a Les Paul style "stop" tailpiece, and I assume, found that the top of this guitar would not support such a device. Unfortunately, the fool had already drilled the holes for the tailpiece, so when I received the guitar it had these ugly holes in the face. I covered the holes and then fashioned this tailpiece crossbar with extra depth and width to hide the evidence. The original tailpiece would have been a Bigby vibrato, by the way. I may put one on it later. I faced the peg head with some tortoise shell material. This is in keeping with several high-end Harmony models (although not this particular one). I also found the Harmony logo decal on eBay. When I received this guitar, the head was all scratched up where (no doubt the same) previous owner had tried to obliterate the fact that this was a Harmony guitar. It looks like he (or she) was trying to turn it into a Gibson ES335.

I really like this guitar a lot. The look is deliciously retro, and the tone is unique - kind of a cross between an LP and a Gretsch semi-hollow. It has that Gretsch-style twang, but is smoother. The neck is one of the thinnest I have ever played, and because it is a bolt on, I can flex it to create a nice vibrato.


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