Water Damage, cracked, warped and brown sugar glue. Turned out lovely!
Great player! Action is super low and the sound is great!
I still say the Chicago Three -- Valco, Harmony and Kay were the coolest. But by the end of the 60s it was over for them all. Harmony and Kay may have merged for a bit towards the end.
My National Valco bass is great. Kay Value Leader bass (when I find one WITH adjustable truss rod) will also be cool.
Never had an archtop like this one tho.
Sweet ole gal. Congrats!
My first acoustic was an old Harmony archtop like that. I was young and it was quite old, but honestly, I never had any complaints about how it sounded or played. My recollection of it is that I liked it quite a bit. I have no idea what happened to it. It was replaced by a 1940s Gibson L-7, but I can't imagine I bothered to sell it in the 1990s. It would have been worth next to nothing. I suppose I probably gave it to somebody.
Lovely old guitar, I'm glad you fixed it up and continue to play it.
The respected luthier, Scott Baxendale, has made restorations of these guitars a pillar of his business: http://baxendaleguitar.com/...
I just bought a lot of 6 of them
May have some questions
Love the old archtops,,
My original broadway, signed by Buddy Guy
got stomped to death by a really upset woman
Been in love with em ever since
Wish I still had that old Harmony Sovereign I once did.
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