Retrofret Stock # 7779. Harmony H-22 Model Electric Bass Guitar, c. 1963, made in Chicago, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body. maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. One of the 1960's finest bass bargains, the Harmony H-22 "Hi Value" Electric Bass retailed originally at $99.50 and was the company's first bass guitar offering. The H-22 was officially introduced in Harmony's 1962 catalog, it remained pretty much the same into the late '60's when the body design was altered to a double cutaway. This 1963 bass features a lightweight flat-topped fully hollow body mounting one excellent sounding DeArmond pickup down by the neck. The neck itself is thick but comfortable, with a 30" scale dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard. This one has the early-style block rosewood tailpiece, covered by a chrome handrest (that incidentally was originally designed for Gibson steel guitars in the 1930's!) The bass's most distinctive cosmetic feature is the large white plastic off-center pickguard, which certainly gives it an unmistakable look! Controls are simple, with single tone and volume knobs and large "klunk" switch that works with the tone control for instant tone modification from dark to "baritone".The H-22 was used extensively in the mid-1960's by both Muff Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group and Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces, and its aggressively thumpy tone can be clearly heard on many recordings. Popular up into the late 1960's, the H-22 has recently again become a much used and sought-after item with new generations of players discovering its quirky charm, extremely easy handling and excellent sonic qualities.Overall length is 44 1/2 in. (113 cm.), 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This bass is a very good playing example and remains original except for a reproduction pickguard and older-style wooden tailpiece. Overall the bass shows some moderately light play wear, most notably to the neck and headstock -the edges are worn and the two top tuner shafts are bent but functional, with some plating loss to the metal baseplates. There are dings and dents to the lacquer but the only notable finish loss is to the sides of the neck, which feels nicely played in. A very good player, the neck is exceptionally good on this one and it may be the best-playing H-22 we have had recently. Excellent - Condition.
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