Old Harmony Hollow-bodies

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hidesert, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    In spite of my being extra naughty this year, Santa still came through with a couple of funky old hollow-bodied Harmony basses. I am hoping that these babies will see some real use and not simply take up space at home as curiosities while other "serious" basses get played.

    First up is a Harmony H-22 from 1966. Here's pics, but it's still en route from The North Pole. image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg

    This one is already here...a 1971 Harmony H-27. Here's some pics of that one.

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    I got into hollow-bodies last year via the obscure Yamaha SA-70 model from the same period. Like the Yamaha, this Harmony is engineered and built to a reasonably high standard of quality. More importantly, it is endowed with a pair of magical DeArmond Golden Tone pickups which sound fantastic.

    I don't hear a lot about either of these Harmony basses. Clearly, when new, they were for the budget minded or beginning player. Today, they remain, in my opinion, an excellent value when compared to the new or nearly-new Asian mass produced hollow-bodied basses in their price range.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2014
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  2. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    I like mine, it has a unique voice and is fun to play. The PUP is magic.

    Since I got a Guild Starfire I tend to pick that up instead, very different animal and in a different league quality wise.
  3. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    To get a litmus on how these basses sound, YouTube up some Spencer Davis Group performances. If you do enough diligence you will discover that Spencer Davis can no more pronounce "Houston" correctly than John Fogerty can pronounce "Thibodaux" correctly.
  4. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    Sent both of these back to the North Pole. Cool, but not for me.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Hardly gave them a chance, but oh well.
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  6. Hidesert


    Oct 7, 2011
    Santa Fe
    I am really picky about setup and action. If a bass can't be adjusted to my admittedly high standard, no matter how unique and cool and funky it is, I wont end up playing it. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives out there...and I do love my old Yamaha hollowbodies.