Retrofret Stock # 6131. Harmony H-835 Model Hollow Body Electric Mandolin (1972), made in Chicago, serial # S-72, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case. The H-835 is an unusual and fairly fancy styled electric mandolin from the later days of the illustrious Harmony company of Chicago. The single-bound scooped double cutaway body has an extended upper cutaway and eccentrically shaped f-holes, with a headstock shape that mirrors the body profile. The DeArmond "Golden Tone" pickup is centrally mounted with tone and volume controls on the lower bout, and gives quite a powerful electric sound. The bound rosewood fingerboard has pearloid block inlay. This was actually one of the best electric mandolins of the time (to be fair, there weren't a lot of choices!) and was the favored instrument of blues mandolin legend Yank Rachell as can be seen in numerous pictures of him. This one shows some general wear but remains a good player.Overall length is 28 5/8 in. (72.7 cm.), 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm.) width, and 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/16 in. (30 mm.). This Harmony shows some overall finish wear. There are added strap buttons, and the nut, small wooden knobs, and Gibson-style bridge are newer replacements. A nice player and definitely a "blues-approved" mandolin! Very Good + Condition.
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