Strange …

August 22, 2009

Nicolai Foss

About 20 years ago, I was the unhappy owner of a Harmony H1310, their top of the line instrument, and apparently a self-believed competitor to Gibson’s cheaper archtops (like the L50). Well, no Harmony has ever — at least in my experience — been able to hold a candle to any Gibson archtop. Indeed, my 1310 was a truly bad guitar with very high action (“good for slide guitar”), lacking intonation, and crappy finish.

Surprisingly, Harmony archtops are sometimes sold at relatively high prices, particularly in Europe (I have seen some fetch as much as 1000 Euros). Perhaps this is the reason why some (Korea-based?) producers have spotted a potential opportunity by producing replicas of the H954 Broadway; see here. Elderly offers it at 599 USD.

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