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    Member OctoberBassRCA-4's Avatar
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    Harmony H22

    Hey Adam,
    How about a Harmony H22 Bass? I've recently seen these over and over again. Never knew about them, then, like a car you want, you see them again and again. Just watched a documentary on The Small Faces, again, Ronnie Lane wearing a Harmony H22 Bass with a BLACK Pickguard. This is a really cool bass!
    I might commit to another build.

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    Possible copyright/trademank issues. Whilst the original Harmony company shut up shop in 1975, there was a distributor, Westheimer Corp, who sold reissue Harmonies (including an H22), and since 2018 there is a new Harmony company that currently sells new design guitars, but looks to be ready to sell some reissue types as well. https://www.harmony.co/

    So you'd have to search into the details of what is and what isn't currently protected.

    It looks like the H22 was created by utilising the body from a Harmony Rocket (H53, H54 and H59 models) and fitting it with a short scale neck, which, by necessity of fitting the existing pocket, was thin all the way up. Which means that once you've made the body, you can also do a guitar neck for it and make a Rocket model as well.

    But the secret to getting anything like a decent copy is sourcing some decent gold-foil pickups. The pointy rotary selector switch is also fairly unique and is likely to be hard to source.

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    Being in the land of American built Harmony guitars, I'd have thought you'd see old Harmony thrift store bargains relatively often. I know over here in Australia, they're rare as hen's teeth, and typically, no bargain!

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