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Harmony Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B-Mac, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Tal's playing a Harmony Bass!
    What model is this?
    Is this a SS? H22?
  2. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    S. Texas Hill Country
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    That's the basss I started with. Had a lot of fun with it. Almost impossible to tune with those guitar machines.

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  3. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Any details you can provide about it?
  4. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada/Motown
    Greetings from the North,

    OMG I learned on one of those at Grinnell Brothers in Detroit back in ancient times. My instructor would have me complete a Mel Bay lesson and as a reward he would teach me a Paul McCartney bass line on a Harmony H22. Back then I didn't know how but my instructor could make that beat up (Reliced) Harmony sound just like it was pulled from a Beatle recording lol.

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  5. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Yes on both counts.
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  6. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    S. Texas Hill Country
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    AFAIK it was an H-22, I bought it at a pawn shop on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood about 1978 or '79. It played well enough, in spite of the hard-to-use tuning machines. I broke my little finger while in the Navy so I thought I would only be able to play a short-scale bass, this one seemed ideal. I soon found out that what I really wanted was a P bass. The hollow body design and slightly microphonic pickup left a lot to be desired given I was in a band with two guitars-one with a Marshall and the other playing through an SVT amp. The Harmony just couldn't keep up without feeding back. Do wish I still had it though. It was fun...here I am at my first gig as a bass player.
    And here's the guitar I replaced it with- a 1959 P, though it looked a bit different in 1979/80 in it's two tone sunburst.

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  7. Landbear

    Landbear Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Here’s my Harmony H27. I got it for $300 off Craigslist back in the early 2000s. the previous owner added active EMGs. Not your normal sounding bass but I love it. The neck on this thing is super fast

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