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Harmony Model: H42/1

Silvertone-Harmony - model H42-Newport Sunshine Yellow, solid body electric guitar 1952 This is an extremely rare and very clean, Silvertone, Newport (H42/1), solid body, electric guitar made by Harmony of Chicago (Harmony model: H42/1) from either 1952 or 1953. The pot date is 1952. (So it's as old as the earliest Les Pauls.) It's fully functional and plays great. The neck is straight and thick. All the electronics work properly. It's 100% original. The original rubber bumper binding is all there and in excellent shape. The guitar has stacked volume and tone controls along with a tone-defeat switch. The sound is rich with a bit of a bite. When you play this guitar you'll feel like you're there with Les Paul inventing the first sold body "slab" guitar. It comes with a gig bag. Both players and collectors will appreciate this guitar.Description from

The body is painted Sunshine Yellow and is made from solid piece of wood. The body uses Harmony's Harmometal trim which is aluminum with a inner rubber "bumper." The guitar does not show much playing wear at all. But, there is some paint flaking off on the edges. There's also some crazing in the finish. But overall, it's very clean for 57 years old or so. There was a repair to the bridge. It had partially cracked and come loose from the body. But it was repaired and is now in proper working condition.
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Tuners, in good working order with the original black knobs. All original. The headstock has a nice painted Silvertone art-deco-style logo.
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Neck-thru, straight, 19 frets in good shape with virtually no wear, action is set medium. There are quite beautiful mother of pearl circular inlays on rosewood fretboard. The fretboard has very minor playing wear at the first two frets.Description from

One single-coil pickup possibly an early DeArmond with strong, biting tone. One tone kill switch to turn off the tone control. Nice stacked bakelite knobs in black and white. All original pots and wiring. All the electronics are in proper working order. The pot number is 173 5255 (the last 5 is hard to read). So it was made in either a 1952 or 1953.
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The Dimensions are:
    Overall length: 36 1/4"Description from
    Body width: 11"Description from
    Body thickness: 1 1/4" with neck 1 7/16"Description from
    Scale: 25"Description from
    Width of the nut: 1 11/16" (depth 7/8")Description from
    String height at 12th fret: 3/16" (approximately)Description from
    Width at 12th fret: 2 1/4" (depth 1 1/4")Description from

Here's the original description from the 1956 Harmony catalog:

"Stratotone Newport"
Cutaway Model with HARMOMETAL TRIMDescription from
More colorful -- lighter to handle (thinner, too) -- That's the story of Harmony's newest -- The "Newport". Have bright, chrome-like Harmometal wide edge bindings, with resilient black fluted plastic insert for smartness and protection. Steel-rod reinforced neck for strength. Ovalled fingerboard. Responsive built-in pickup. "Stack-mounted" tone and volume controls. Slide switch permits quick change for bass or treble emphasis.Description from
H42/1 Guitar, Sunshine Yellow ...... $69.95Description from

Silvertone Newport model #H42/1 Item #: h3043 SOLD

Silvertone-Harmony - model H42-Newport Sunshine Yellow, solid body electric guitar 1952

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