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If you're looking for a great deal on a snappy archtop, you've found it. This Biltmore is a very Harmony like in its construction (it may have been built by Harmony), and features a laminated spruce top on laminated maple and mahogany back and sides. The Maple neck has a 1 3/4" wide nut and tinted fretboard with dot inlays. Its profile is somewhat triangular, but is very adept for jazz and blues chord styles. 


Overall this guitar is exactly what you want from an old budget-friendly archtop. It has that great top-end snap you want when wailing on some blues progressions. The sound is delightfully snappy and balanced.

The body has some checking on the top and sides but is in great shape overall. There's some light scratches on the back as well as more with finish wear on the sides. The headstock just has minimal traces of wear on the top edge, but this is minor considering the guitar's age. 

The action is at a medium height in the lower registers, higher in the upper. It does have some intonation issues past the twelfth fret with a few dead notes, but nothing too bad when playing on the lower registers. The neck has been reset resulting in a long-repaired crack along the neck and a small crack on the heel. The finish has had some touching up around the crack repairs. The bridge has been sanded down for better playability.

Weight: 3lbs 12oz

Case: Non-original vintage softshell

Product Specs

Condition:
Very Good
Make:
Biltmore
Model:
Herald Archtop
Finish:
Sunburst
Categories:
Vintage (pre-1980), Archtop
Year:
1950s
Made In:
United States

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Chicago Music Exchange
Joined Reverb: Oct 25, 2012
Chicago, IL, United States

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Your instrument will be shipped using the highest level of industry-standard packing materials, in every attempt to make sure it arrives in ready-to-play condition. We will notify you prior to shipping your instrument if additional steps need to be taken in the packing process.

Our shipping team works closely with the CME Repair Shop and our vintage experts to inspect, secure and pack every instrument with the utmost care. As musicians, these guys know what it takes to keep an instrument protected and how important it is that you receive your CME package in perfect condition.


We strive to ship all orders out the same day, however we guarantee it will ship within 1 business day. (after full payment has cleared) Some exceptions to this include guitars that receive a setup and inspection prior to shipment, as well as some tube amps that require removal of tubes prior to shipment for safe transit.


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Japan
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*USPS is typically less expensive than UPS, but their international tracking system is not as accurate, arrival times may vary from country to country.

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New Items: Most new, untouched, unopened items may be returned within 30 days of the date of delivery for a full refund, less outbound shipping costs. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs, unless return is a result of incorrect shipment or defective item. Chicago Music Exchange reserves the right to refuse any return if item is not in new, untouched, or unopened condition.

Vintage & Used items: Most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days from the date of delivery. Our unique and comprehensive quality certification process allows us to stand behind every vintage and used instrument we sell with the utmost confidence. If you are not satisfied, please contact us immediately as we must evaluate all vintage and used returns on a case by case basis. All vintage and used refunds may be subject to a small 5% restocking fee, as well as original outbound shipping costs. Buyer assumes responsibility for all return shipping costs unless return is a result of incorrect shipment.

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This listing sold on 3/01/2013

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