During the ‘50s and ‘60s, Harmony was the largest producer of musical instruments in the world. While many of these instruments were store models meant for beginners, some of them were favored by recording artists. One of those instruments would be the H44 Stratotone, of which we have a fabulous example. This model was normally made with a copper top and some stylish branding on the headstock, but this piece is very old, circa 1953. The model was favored especially by Ritchie Valens, who can be seen holding one in promotional imagery. H-44s are unique for their neck-thru design, which was uncommon in electric guitars of the time. This instrument is in excellent condition, with a surprisingly straight neck for its lack of reinforcement or a truss rod, but is bowed to some degree. It has a reasonable amount of wear for its age and sounds great plugged into an amp with, with a vintage twang.
4 lbs. 0 oz.
8/10 (excellent condition) c.1953 Made in the USA
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