Harmony H35 "Batwing" electric mandolin

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About This Listing

Here's an example of an important mandolin model in the history of popular music. Blues legends Yank Rachell and (to a lesser extent) Carl Martin, as well as Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, used the Harmony H35 (later renamed the H835) as a stage mandolin during their careers. You still see them today in the hands of pro musicians.
    The looks of the Batwing have, in my humble opinion, never been beaten. The block inlays, modified F-holes, exaggerated bass point, even the lovely gold foil pickup cover, all add up to a classic package. The original DeArmond pickup is loud enough to rattle the windows. Its tone is perhaps best described as "raw" ... listen to Rachell's Chicago Style album if you want to know what I mean. But for certain styles of music there's nothing better or more authentic.
    The Batwing may appear to be an acoustic/electric, but it isn't really: if you took off the top you'd see that everything north of the pickup is a solid block of wood, which tends to dampen the acoustic sound, but improves sustain and helps control feedback from the pickup. Best to think of the Batwing as "semi-hollow." Tone and volume knobs, adjustable bridge, bolt-on neck.
     I have too many of these to keep straight, so I've started giving them names. This H35 is Fatima. It has a lot number of 6668 and is labeled S-72-JW MADE IN U.S.A., dating it to the second half of 1972. It is in remarkably good shape for an instrument approaching 49 years of age. It has minor player wear and some discoloration of the rosewood fretboard, but only a few slight nicks and scratches. There is, however, some finish missing on both sides of the neck near the headstock, which is a common result of frequent playing. It has the die-cut 3-ply vinyl headplate, with the cut-out Harmony logo, as well as a matching original 3-ply pickguard. All of the other hardware is original with the exception of the bridge, which looks like a 1-piece but on closer inspection appears to be a 2-piece with the posts and thumbwheels removed and the saddle and base glued together. It is one of the more desirable H35s with an adjustable truss rod.
    Fatima has had a pair of strap buttons added—one at the tailpiece and one on the headstock—making it a little easier to use as a stage mandolin. There’s also an old set list taped to the back, which I haven't removed because I think it adds some charm—but I would certainly remove it and clean off the tape residue at a buyer's request. Original chipboard case included.

Product Specs

Listed2 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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