Alden / Harmony Stratotone Mars H45 Black Sparkle / Sweet Blues Guitar

+ $75 Shipping
As low as $42/month with
Watch this listing to get price drop alerts
Shipped From
Gees Gear
ABINGTON, PA, United States
Joined Reverb
Quick Responder
Quick Shipper
Reverb Protection

Buy with Confidence – Reverb Protection has you covered

  • Live support from an expert team of musicians
  • Simple and straightforward returns
  • A safe community for finding the gear you want

About This Listing

Here is a very nice Alden H45, the Stratotone Mars model made by Harmony, dating from somewhere between 1962 and 1965. It is exceptionally clean and in great shape overall, with only a few minor dings. The volume and tone pot have been replaced, and the guitar really sings through its DeArmond Hershey Bar pickup. This will be a great guitar for soulful electric blues.  

This is a hollow body guitar, though there are no open holes on the body. It is very light, with a chunky neck. It intonates perfectly and plays without buzzing, up and down the neck. The G and D strings fretted out at the fifteenth fret as I was testing the guitar. A little fret dressing should cure it. The action is a remarkably low 3/32nds on the low E and 1/16th on the high E, both measured at the body. You will notice that the tuners seem to have the remnants of a gold paint on them. I can only think that they were originally painted a metallic gold, to match the fleck on the body.

Other than the replaced pots and a replaced strap lug at the tailpiece, everything else is original. You’ll take a step back in time with the groovy, black sparkle finish and the atom logo on the pick guard. The guitar ships with its original chipboard case, which will protect the guitar for shipping, but which is shot by any other sense of the word.

Hey, what’s with the switch on a single pickup guitar? If you haven’t played one of these before, this feature might seem a little confusing. The function of the switch is to cut the tone control entirely out of the signal path. Any tone control offers some resistance and bleed to the treble signal, even when dialed into 10. On many of these single pickup guitars from the late 50’s, early 60’s, particularly the Chicago built instruments, you’ll find a switch to bypass the tone control entirely and let the pickup ring out at “full throat.” Many players will use the combination of the volume and tone controls to set their “rhythm” setting, and then throw the switch for some extra punch as a lead setting. When the slider switch is up, the tone control is engaged. Down, it is out.

Study the photos carefully and check out this really cool example of a Harmony Stratotone. There is a stress crack adjacent to the input jack, but the surrounding wood is completely stable.  This guitar is sold AS IS and is not returnable unless it arrives in a condition other than as described or portrayed, here.

Price $900 + $75 shipping

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed4 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
Made In
  • United States
Body Type
Right / Left Handed
Number of Strings

Reviews of this Shop


Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

Carbon-Offset Shipping

Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

iOS app store button
Android play store button
The Apple logo and the App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
Oops, looks like you forgot something. Please check the fields highlighted in red.