Harmony H-1233 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1972)

Harmony  H-1233 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1972)
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Harmony H-1233 Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1972), made in Chicago, serial # 8085-H1233, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

The H-1233 was Harmony's 1970's Auditorium-size 12-string, smaller than the Jumbo Stella models but neater and more solidly built than many of their earlier offerings. The 25" scale neck is quite comfortable with an arched rosewood fingerboard, 1 3/4" wide nut and an adjustable truss rod. The ladder braced solid spruce top is fitted with a pin bridge that makes the response and tone superior to the common tailpiece models. The 1970s Harmony guitars were in many ways better instruments than their earlier ancestors, if perhaps less iconic in vintage lore. The 15" wide 1233 is more player-friendly 12-string than most 12-string budget models, and this is a truly lovely example.
Overall length is 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm.), 15 1/4 in. (38.7 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 nearly 50 year old 12-string is all original and extremely clean overall, showing very little play wear. It has had a neck reset and some fret work, so is a far better player than most similar instruments. The only other repair is a long crack on the treble side that has been solidly sealed but not finished over. There is some visible blushing around the heel from the reset work, otherwise the finish just shows some light dings and dents. This is a very nice example and as good a player as the Harmonys get, with a bright but nicely even sound. This H-1233 makes for a nice recording/gigging solid wood 12-string that won't break the bank. Excellent Condition.