According to this ’60s Harmony brochure, a guitar tech should be smartly dressed for a day filled with guitar repairs. #guitar #vintage #harmony #h78 #seattle (at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar)
This guy def rides to work on a fixed gear bike.
1971 Rickenbacker 360SF Burgundyglo
Here’s a guitar that will absolutely make your heart skip a beat. See it in-person and your mind starts to figure out how to scrape the money together to take it home! SF stands for “slanted frets” because, you guessed it, the frets are slanted at an angle on the fretboard! This was an attempt at a more ergonomically friendly and comfortable playing experience, and even if it didn’t take off as a concept, we would call it a success. Chording is super comfortable anywhere on the neck. Leads can be a bit tricky at first but you’ll quickly adapt. The pickups and bridge are also slanted accordingly, adding another level of “cool” to the already iconic Ric 360 form. As a ‘71 it sports a super cool bound headstock, checkerboard binding on the back, and it’s also the last year for the crushed glass fingerboard makers. The dark Burgundy-glo finish just kills us too. A real gem.
1976 Gibson Explorer Natural
With all the changes Gibson has been making to their guitars lately, it makes you appreciate the vintage variety so much more. Case in point: this super sweet ‘76 Explorer with tons of personality thanks to the custom airbrushed original pickguard. What a beauty!
1966 Gibson J-200 Sunburst
This is the best sounding J200 you will ever hope to your lay hands ons; the fact that it’s also super clean is just a footnote on this amazing vintage Gibson. Not many guitars are so immediately impressive. This one is like a time capsule. Outstanding sunburst finish. Perfect action. Comes with an equally clean original case and hang tag.
1960’s Telestar Bass MIJ
You’ve always wanted this bass, you just didn’t know it until now. Everyone who comes within 10 feet gets a contact high off this thing. Plug it in and you’re done-for. Fall under its funky spell, wholesale seduced buy its curves and round tone.
1960’s Regal Hollowbody
We can’t find a model number or name for this beauty, but this Harmony-built Regal is a great piece of guitar history and a fine instrument. We acquired it along with a number of other pieces from the personal collection of one of the main guitar designers for Harmony in the 50’s and 60’s. We’ve not seen another like this one, so it may have a one-off sample or personally customized guitar. Tons of amazing details like the “bow-tie” fingerboard inlays, cool headstock shape, custom made truss cover and switch plate, and the multi-layered binding really ties everything together great. It has an angled neck pocket so the action is good with plenty of room to adjust the bridge to personal taste. Great playing chunky neck. The DeArmond pickups sound killer both with your amp clean and when you crank it up to 10. One of the pole pieces broke off but there is no audible drop-off in volume in relation to the other strings. Otherwise it’s in really good shape for its age with normal paint wear and some play time on the frets. We hope to find it good home with someone who will love it as much as we do.
Vintage 1960’s Vox V269 Starstream
Nothing oozes cool like Vox’s Starstream; it’s their iconic tear-drop shape done all up with a bunch of electronics, including one of the most gnarly fuzz tones of all-time, and a built in lever-controlled wah-wah! This one came and went pretty quick. Be on the look-out for it on tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!!!! For real!!!
Gotta give it up for one of the most iconic pedals out there… the Big Muff! You can dial in such a wide variety of tones with this fuzz that you find players of all genres using them. We’ve got an amazing vintage one in our shop right now, plus a ton great sounding boutique variations. Some of our favorites include: The Pharaoh Fuzz from Black Arts Tone Works, The Supercollider from Earthbound Audio, The Tri-Ram from Basic Audio, The Hoof from Earthquaker Devices, The Grey Stache from Fuzzrocious, and The Tall Font Russian from Wren & Cuff.