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 # 9914H169, red, white & blue lacquer finish, birch back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

This patriotic-themed flat top is one of THE classic pieces of fretted Americana, 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 and with an adjustable bridge saddle and truss rod. They ARE American made, but ironically carry Japanese tuners! This one is all original and in exceptionally fine condition; 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 the cleanest of these we have ever had, all original and unaltered and as a bonus the best playing as well. The headstock veneer has no age distress at all, which is often the case. There is some very light handling wear overall, and that's it. The tuners show some minor corrosion, but the headstock veneer shows no signs of the plastic deterioration which plagues most of these 50 years on. The guitar plays as well as the best Harmony instruments and sounds better than most folks expect with a chunky, punchy midrange tone. It is complete in what may be the original black chipboard case, or at least a similar piece also in excellent condition. Excellent + Condition.