Up for sale, a 1965 Harmony H77 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. The H77 was at the tip top of Harmony's vintage guitar line, featuring three DeArmond gold foil pickups, a figured curly maple body, harp trapeze tailpiece and nitrate tortoise appointments. The action has been dialed in to be low and consistent in all registers, with fresh 10-46 strings and a tone that you can only get from DeArmond pickups.
There's really nothing that can match the balance, clarity, and overall tonal character of a good trio of gold foil pickups. They have a percussive snap and twang, tight bass, and a harmonically rich midrange that sounds great when each pickup is singled out or when paired together in any one of seven combinations. Unlike many gold foils, the ones on the H77 also feature adjustable pole pieces, so you can really dial in the balance between the strings. All three pickups have strong and consistent output, and when mated with the fully hollow maple body, the tone benefits from both the immediate attack of the maple and the warmth and fullness of the hollow construction. There's a good reason why the H77 was one of Harmony's top tier models!
The neck has a quintessential medium C profile that borders on the chunkier side of things, with a depth that stays consistent as you move up the fretboard. The 1 11/16" nut and scale length just shy of 24 1/2" should feel intuitive and comfortable to any Gibson player as well. The original pearl inlay and aged multi-ply binding are in great shape, dressing up a very nice piece of Brazilian rosewood on the fretboard with prominent grain and a rich chocolate brown color. The original fretwire is virtually flawless and the frets retain their full original height with well rounded crowns. The guitar plays well with no buzzing or dead spots, and there are only a few extremely faint indentations on the first couple frets, with no other fretwear to report! The headstock sports a tortoise veneer with the Harmony logo and fleur de lis inlayed through to the base mint green layer of the four-ply veneer. The original nickel Waverly tuning machines are intact as well, and turn smoothly. There is a bend to the arm on the D tuning machine, but it still works as intended.
On the body, the guitar boasts all vintage (and mostly original) hardware, with the stock Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone insert saddle, nickel harp trapeze tailpiece, stock tortoise pickguard, and original Brazilian rosewood pickup risers. Five of the six miniature transparent bell knobs are original, while the sixth is a genuine vintage knob of the same style but with a bit more yellowing. All of the extensive electronics work as they should, including the pickup switches and all six volume and tone knobs. The three tall black baton switch tips are vintage and correct for this model, but are non-original (the tips are typically white, but the black looks great with the tortoise cosmetic appointments). Additionally, all three Rowe Industries DeArmond gold foils have matching April 7th, 1965 date stamps on their baseplates. The H77 model designation is also visible through the F hole on the body.
Cosmetically, this guitar has been honestly played and maintained as necessary for optimal functionality and originality. Of note is that there was a crack around the input jack as is very common with these models, and an oversized, curved plastic plate has been cleanly mounted to the side to ensure structural integrity and allow for a new secure mount for the input jack. The redburst finish has aged moderately on the face of the instrument with a more orange-cherry burst, while the back of the guitar is still a very rich and deep red. There is moderate finish checking on the body, as well as an assortment of small dings and scratches, but no serious or structural wear of any kind, aside from the aforementioned input jack repair.