Harmony H-22 Electric Bass Guitar (1967)

Harmony  H-22 Electric Bass Guitar  (1967)
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Harmony H-22 Model Electric Bass Guitar (1967), made in Chicago, serial # 6718 H22, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

One of the 1960s' finest bass bargains, the Harmony H-22 "Hi Value" Electric Bass retailed originally at $99.50 and was the company's first bass guitar offering. The H-22 was officially introduced in Harmony's 1962 catalog; it remained pretty much the same into the late '60s when the body design was altered to a double cutaway.

This 1967-made bass features a lightweight flat-topped fully hollow body mounting one excellent-sounding DeArmond pickup down by the neck. The neck itself is thick but comfortable, with a 30" scale dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard. This one has the later single-piece stamped metal tailpiece unit -- otherwise, it is identical to earlier models. This would be one of the last examples of the original single cutaway design; the re-vamped double cut model debuted not long after this one was built.

The bass' most distinctive cosmetic feature is the large white plastic off-center pickguard, which has limited function, but certainly has an unmistakable look! The controls are simple, with single tone and volume knobs and a large white plastic "klunk" lever switch that works with the tone control for instant tone modification from dark to "baritone."

The H-22 was very popular with teenage garage bands and also used extensively in the mid-1960s by both Muff Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group and Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces, and its aggressively thumpy tone can be clearly heard on many recordings. Popular up into the late 1960s, the H-22 has recently again become a much used and sought after item with new generations of players discovering its quirky charm, extremely easy handling, and excellent sonic qualities.
Overall length is 44 1/2 in. (113 cm.), 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is a nice clean bass overall, with not a lot of wear but a couple of notable repairs. The finish has some typical dings and chips but no major wear. There is a long repaired crack on the treble side of the body, completely solid but definitely visible. The neck is equipped with a new higher-efficiency truss rod that will keep the bass playing well through its next half-century. The small plastic cover truss rod has been replaced as well. All other hardware is original and this H-22 plays perfectly and sounds exactly as it should. The original chipboard case is still intact and functional, which is a hallelujah moment in itself. Excellent - Condition.