This is a vintage 1961 Harmony Roy Smeck signature H34/H7208 electric guitar with the original brown snake-skin-pattern chipboard soft case. Immaculately preserved in an absolutely stunning 100% all original near mint cosmetic condition, this example is the finest I have seen documented. The nitrocellulose lacquer clear coat is unfaded, the nickel parts/chrome hardware display only the slightest patina and there is no evidence of playing wear anywhere on the instrument. The ‘harmony.demont’ database claims that this early version with the starburst pickguard was produced in surprisingly limited numbers, so discovering one such a pristine survivor is quite rare.
Featuring a duet of DeArmond pickups with immense personality, this ’61 Roy Smeck H7208 is very much like the concurrently produced Harmony Jupiter H49, which has since been reissued. Made alongside one another in Harmony’s Chicago, IL factory.
The control knobs are traditional; and intuitive; both the neck and bridge pickup have their own volume and tone control. The unique rotary control engages the following tonal combinations: 1) neck pickup only 2) neck + bridge (in phase) 3) bridge pickup only 4) bridge pickup only + capacitor. With excellent action and a comfortable neck, this is a highly usable guitar. Since it is entirely all original, I did not perform an over-the-top setup. Oh, and the best part yet, it weighs less than 5 lbs., 4 lbs. and 15 oz. to be exact.