Harmony HARMONY 57-1401 THREE TONE SUNBURST ELECTRIC GUITAR USED 1970’s Tri-sunburst

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Similar to what Mac Demarco played on Rock and Roll Night Club and Mac Demarco 2, if your trying to imitate that twang this is the guitar for you!

Hard Case included.

Harmony 57-1401 - This is a very similar guitar to the H-802 but is different in body shape and it has a vibrato unit in a lot of cases (the H-802 never had a vibrato bar to my knowledge). This seems to be derived more off the Teisco Tulip ET-110 guitars than the H-802 despite having the H-802's wiring, bridge, and general overall squat styling.


Variations in body shape aside, the Harmony H-802 recipe has been in general the same - a top contoured plywood body about 3/8" (2CM) thick, routed for 2 pickups, 2 knobs, and 2 switches, with a neck made of maple, or bleached mahogany, and a maple (Maple necks only) or rosewood fretboard clad with 22 small frets, fake plastic pearl dot inlays, a zero fret, a plastic string guide "nut", either a bar or butterfly clip string guides, six on a plate tuning machine heads with white knobs and white bushings, a 2 ply pickguard, cast clamshell tailpiece, and cast non-adjustable (intonation-wise) bridge with adjustable string spacing (3 slots per string), a skinny 4 bolt neckplate reading "Harmony Est 1892" on it, and generally painted Black, White, Red, 3-Tone Sunburst, Blueburst, and occasionally is found in other colors as well. The 802 holds the distinction of being the only guitar on these pages aside from the H-801 that has the "ANti-Foil" pickups.

NECKS

The earliest guitars had "lawsuit" Fender headstocks on bleached mahogany necks with a single bar string guide that attached through holes in the headstock via a pair of nuts on the other side. These necks ALWAYS had rosewood fretboards on them, some even with binding, and they had 22 Frets, and dot inlays.

I'm guessing CBS sent them a C&D letter about the headstocks because not much long after appeared Bleached Mahogany Harmony headstock necks, later with Butterfly clip string guides added, probably to cut down on parts inventory since they were already using the same string guides on the H-80T Stratocaster copy model by that point.

Sometime by the late 1970's/early 1980's, the neck wood changed from bleached Asian Mahogany to a rock maple, and was available with an actual rosewood (Pau Ferro or Indian Rosewood) or maple fingerboard. These necks tend to be a pretty good sign it's an 80's model guitar.

BODIES

As I said before, three different bodies, the "Mustang" style, the "Tuplip" style, and then the "Standard" Style. I'm thinking the model may have started out as a Mustang copy - fitting since the Fender Mustang was a student guitar, then they decided to use a new body design, but they took the treble side horn from the tulip, then they adjusted it to fit in more with the modern guitar market and gave it a regular treble side horn instead of the flat Tulip horn. The last of these designed remained with this series until it's discontinuation in 2010.

PICKUPS

The H-802 is best known for it's bizarre pickups. The pickups appear, to the inexperienced, to be chrome "P-90 type" pickups. But these pickups are actually NOTHING like a P-90, they are more like a tiny version of the Fender Jazzmaster pickup - or their closest match is the "Goldfoil" pickups that have become popular recently - actually the construction is directly lifted from the "Goldfoil" style pickups found on Teisco and Guyatone guitars back in the 60's, just without the Goldfoil inserts and cut-open spots in the cover, giving them that kind of chintzy chromed up bar appearance. I call these "Anti-Foils" because they don't have any of the decorative foil background showing through the pickup cover, but use the same basic design as a Goldfoil. These measure in at around 4-6K Ohms, and are described as having a very "tin can/low-fi" kind of sound to them.

CONTROLS

The H-802 was the most elaborate of any on this page as well, as it actually had a method by which to turn the pickups on/off - which was apparently lifted from the Fender Jaguar. Each pickup has it's own 2-way single pole, double throw switch that turns them on and off. These then feed into a pair of 500K Ohm Potentiometers for Volume and Tone, and then out of a regular 1/4" phono output jack. One of the biggest ways to date one of these guitars (when intact) is the knobs. The earliest ones had Teisco style knobs, sometime around the early 1980's, Harmony started using regular Stratocaster copy knobs on this guitar until prodocution/sale ended in 1987.

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