Harmony Archtop

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  1. gborelli

    gborelli Active Member

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    Here are some pictures of a Harmony Patrician I just finished. It came to me as a bit of wreck, but, it turned out ok. I also added dual Piezo passive pickups and that worked out incredibly well.

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    Very nice!
     
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    Wow Gary, you are resurrecting the unplayable and giving them new life.

    I applaud you for diving right in for the trickey refin stuff. Nicely done sir! :thumb:
     
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    Thank you and Merry Christmas.

    Gary
     
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    I just changed strings on this archtop and went from a light set of Addario to a medium set of Martin 80/20 .13. What a difference this made. Got rid of the tinny sound and through an amp it is really smooth sounding. I have had on Ebay now for 3 days and have had over 200 views and 10 watchers. Hope it sells. We'll see.
     
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    Bought a jazz bridge, did some modifications and I am keeping it. Love playing it and it has such a different sound than my other guitars. This is a blues guitar from the old school
     
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    I took this a step futher and refinished top, built a custom bridge with a bone saddle and a under saddle Piezo pickup. It sounds really nice although it is a bright sounding guitar even when playing it with a 2mm pick near the neck. My guess is that this is the best you are going to get from an older archtop like this one.

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    These two pictures don't show the custom bridge. This next one does. The blue around the Harmony name on the pic guard is a camer quirk.

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    Look even better Gary!
    I really like the edge burst, makes it look much more like the time period.
    I have an old Gibson arch top that is primarily mid-range and treble dominant. It has a solid spruce top, mahogany B/S, much like yours. I'll find out where that comes from.
     
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    Thanks Dave,
    Yeah mid-range and little high pitched sums it up. I have tried heavy strings .13 to light strings .10 and am at Elixir .12 on it now and they seem to sound the best. Using a thick pick close to the neck. I have read everything I can find on this and this seems to be the norm. Not a bad sound but to bright for jazz. Would be great for blue grass. I just bought an Airline ( made by Kay ) and it seems to have a more mellow sound, but, until I restore it I won't know for sure.
     
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    Really like what you have done with it, your burst looks really good. PG looks killer, you make it?
     
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    Thanks for the great feedback. It is really appreciated. Sorry, but what does pg mean?

    Gary
     
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    I suppose he means pickguard/scratchplate.

    And that guitar looks really great. :yesway:
     
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    Yeah figured that out this morning. I bought it off of Ebay. It doesn't have the "blue glow" the picture shows. That was a camera quirk.

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