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Silvertone Model H-42/2 Solid Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1956)
Silvertone Model H-42/2 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1956), made in Chicago, green metallic finish, hardwood body and neck.
Originally listed at $67.50 the Harmony Stratotone H-42/1 is about as small and simple and handy as an electric guitar gets. With a metallic green "Colorama" finish and the metal-and-rubber "Harmometal" body trim this is a fantastic example of 1950's "Populuxe" aesthetics. The through-body neck is very large, but the body wings are very thin and light. The pickup is the same DeArmond made unit as the more upscale H-44 and quite chunky sounding. The controls are a single tone-bypass switch and a cool stacked tower of concentric tone and volume controls. This example carries a Silvertone logo stencil indicating it was originally supplied to Sears-a fairly unusual variation on an already relatively rare guitar.
Overall length is 36 1/4 in. (92.1 cm.), 11 in. (27.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A very nice example overall; there is some average finish wear but it is largely confined to the edges-the lacquer on the face is actually relatively clean if somewhat faded. All original and unaltered except for a very nicely done repro bridge. There is a small visible open seam where the body "wing" joins the neck/centerpiece on the treble side, visible but not moving. The tone control currently has no effect; we could easily replace the old wax capacitor if required, but as the instrument is currently totally original inside so we'd prefer to do that only on request. A cool signature piece of 1950's guitar design, and considering its relatively eccentric design a relatively playable and great sounding guitar. Very Good + Condition.
Item # 7181
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