Late 1950's Harmony model H-165 folk guitar

I have to admit that I bought this guitar purely for reasons of nostalgia. In 1962, when I was a lad of 14 years, I saved my lawn-care money all summer to buy a guitar just like this. It was the first "decent" guitar I owned. I played it happily for about two years, then one day it was stolen out of the backseat of my first car. I replaced it with a Harmony Sovereign, which was supposed to be a better instrument, but in fact, wasn't. This close up of the face shows the original pick guard, and the rosewood bridge, which is both glued and bolted on. This body is constructed entirely of mahogany, which appears to be solid on the top and back, but is probably a laminate on the sides. Here is the back. The neck is painted to look like mahogany but I suspect it is maple, since it doesn't have the chacteristic mahogany grain. The peg head sports the standard Harmony "treble clef" logo. It is the harmony logotype shown here that identifies this as having been manufactured prior to the 1960's, when the more familar Harmony logotype was adopted. The action on this instrument was pretty bad when I got it - I had to do considerable shaving on the bridge to bring it down to a playable level. Lowering the action also opened up the sound of the guitar, which was further enhanced by the installation of a Bridge Doctor to prevent further distortion of the face.

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