Harmony H35 electric mandolin 1967 Sunburst

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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 Gina.  It  has a lot number of 0097 and is labeled F-67-M MADE IN U.S.A., meaning it was built in the first half of 1967. It has survived pretty well, although it does have some chips and scratches along the edges, a surface crack on the back, a small crack in the pickup housing, and a small gap in the back binding at the tailpiece.
    It has the die-cut 3-ply vinyl headplate with the cut-out Harmony logo. I obtained it with no pickguard, but was able to supply an original pickguard from another mandolin, which also sports the Harmony logo cutout (the coolest version of this pickguard if you ask me, and not easy to find). The bridge appears to be a 2-piece with the posts and thumbwheels removed and the saddle and base glued together. All other hardware is original; the chrome tailpiece cover has a significant amount of oxidation covering almost half its surface.
    An endpin has been added. A leather strap attaches there and has also been riveted together around the narrow part of the headstock, just above the nut and underneath the strings, so its installation is more or less permanent. Gig bag included, or upgrade to a hardshell case.

Product Specs

Listed2 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
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  • United States

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