Here we have a 1950s Harmony H165 guitar which has undergone the famed Baxendale Conversion process. Scott Baxendale is a Athens Georgia-based luthier who has developed his own proprietary process for turning old Harmony and Stella ladder-braced guitars from fun couch players into great playing, great sounding, X-braced tone monsters.
Baxendale’s process includes taking off the back of the guitar, repairing any cracks or structural issues, removing all existing bracing, and adding his own X-braced pattern of scalloped braces in quarter sawn Adirondack or Engleman spruce, before replacing the back. He also performs a neck set and refret, planing (or replacing) the existing fingerboard to a perfect 12 or 14 inch radius. New vintage-style tuners and a bone nut is installed. Lastly, Scott makes a new Rosewood bridge with a bone saddle. The original finish of the guitar is retained so the cool vintage vibe is not lost. Pretty amazing.
We love Baxendale conversions and we’re sure you will, too. When your buddies come over and pick up your “old” guitar, their minds will be blown away with how it plays and sounds. All Baxendale guitars come with a quality hardshell case, too!
Make: Baxendale Conversion
Model: 1950s Harmony H165
Case: Modern Deluxe Hardshell Case
Condition: Excellent Modified Condition (Full Baxendale Conversion)
Modifications: Read notes above which describe the Baxendale conversion process in detail. Call if you have any questions.
Comments: What a sleeper! Amaze your friends with this gorgeous sounding Baxendale conversion!