Buck Owens American Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, made by Harmony (1970)

 Buck Owens American Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, made by Harmony  (1970)
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Buck Owens American Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, made by Harmony (1970), made in Chicago, serial # 9900H165, red, white & blue lacquer finish, birch back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This is a somewhat played-in but well-restored and very playable example of one of THE classic pieces of fretted Americana, the Buck Owens American guitar. This patriotic-themed flat top not only flies its flag proudly but is and a surprisingly good-sounding instrument to boot!

When Buck Owens appeared on TV's HEE HAW in 1969 with a red, white, and blue flat top guitar built for him by Semie Moseley, it seemed like an obvious idea to sell them. Buck was never one to miss a marketing opportunity, after all. A licensing deal was struck between Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Buck, and the actual guitars were built by Harmony in Chicago for sale in the retailer's catalog.

The guitars carry Harmony factory markings but no company logo, and have several Mosrite-esque cosmetic touches carried over from Buck's prototype. This one is factory dated to 1970 and looks to be an early example. It is a well-made guitar similar to a period Harmony Sovereign, straight braced with an adjustable saddle in the rosewood bridge. They ARE American made, but ironically carry Japanese tuners! This one is in excellent playing condition with some well done restoration work, a neat collectible and still a very flashy stage guitar with a surprisingly good sound.
 
Overall length is 40 7/8 in. (103.8 cm.), 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is about the best playing and sounding example of this classic period piece we have had, and shows some restoration work that helped it get there. The tri-color body finish is original with some dings and dents (and some very minor touch up) but generally well preserved. The neck has been reset with overspray to the back of it; the red and blue colors are close but have a more metallic tinge than the body. The headstock veneer has been expertly replaced long ago with a replica one "I" away from being a dead ringer; the originals have mostly deteriorated badly by now. The neck angle is excellent, the guitar plays very well and has a nice even sound; "It sounds like a "REAL" guitar is the general reaction. This is a fine gigging example of this slightly off-the-wall American classic, in a light-duty period HSC. Excellent - Condition.