Harmony Monterey H-1457 Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1957)

Harmony  Monterey H-1457 Arch Top Acoustic Guitar  (1957)

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Harmony Monterey H-1457 Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1957), made in Chicago, serial # 3242 H-1457, natural lacquer finish, maple body with spruce top, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.
 
Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This is a nice clean example of a fairly high grade Harmony archtop, just set up with a perfect neckset so a much better player than most! This beautiful blonde is equipped with a great-sounding period DeArmond Model 41 Pickup permanently attached to the top, with a top-mounted control box and endpin jack. The acoustic sound is good but when plugged in it really comes alive and makes a great little swing, blues or early R & B guitar. There are two repaired back cracks and one sealed top grain crack, all off the back edge. There is some light play wear all around but this was not a heavily used guitar, especially considering it is just passing its 60th birthday. This fairly conventional but nicely made guitar cost all of $77.50 in 19657, and then as now is a great bargain in a cool period archtop. Overall Excellent - Condition.