Professionally Overhauled, Set-up & Re-strung, by Colin Keefe, Luthier, Long Eaton, Nottingham. Really Excellent Condition, Sound & Play!

VTG LIVE & READY TO GO! - New Listing - 15/12/2017.

26/12/2017 - Now sold and on it's way to a customer in Donegal!

FEEDBACK! - "....very happy with it, action is fantastic, sitting playing it now and taking it to pub tonight for a few tunes."

Selling on commission on behalf of Colin Keefe, the Long Eaton, Nottingham based, highly respected professional luthier, I work with......not only one of the finest restoration and repair luthiers you will find, but a maker of Fine Guitars & Mandolins.

Colin has overhauled/re-fretted the Mandolin, including re-levelling fingerboard, installing new frets, and upgrading the bolt-on neck joint, re-strung & set-up the Mandolin, to play beautifully!

Stock Number - VTGC1042.

The predecessor to this model was the USA-made Harmony H35 "The Batwing" model, also available as an electro-acoustic mandolin with DeArmond gold foil pick up. Apparently a "Batwing" Mandolin was played by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

"The Batwing" Body Mandolin.
Spruce Top, Maple Back & Sides.
Maple Neck with Block Inlayed Rosewood Fingerboard.
Floating Wooden Bridge. Cream/black binding/purfling, multiple binding Top, Single Back, bound Fingerboard & Headstock.
Original Chrome Hardware, including Chrome-button 4-on-a-strip machines/tuners.
Tortoiseshell colour fronted 3-Ply T/W/B Pickguard.
Nut width: 31mm.
Width at 12th fret: 37mm.
Scale length: 350mm.
Body depth: 46mm.
Body width: 254mm.
No Frets: 20.
Overall length: 704mm.
Made in: Koreaa.
Model No: H8026.
Excellent condition, just overhauled, re-strung & set-up, by Colin Keefe. Re-levelled & re-fretted fingerboard, so plays like new, with no fret & fingerboard playwear. Finish as near unmarked as you will get, on a possibly near 40 year old Mandolin, but inevitably small marks here & there.....edge finish wear on the headstock & superficial play marking, plus there is a faint lighter "shadow" to the top, where the floating bridge was previously incorrectly positioned....will disappear over time.
Action, strings & cases
Excellent 12th. fret action around 2.25mm./2.75mm.

Re-strung recently, with Rotosound Mandolin Strings........
High quality phosphor bronze wound loop end 8 string mandolin set.

There is no case included, but at the moment I do have a Hiscox Liteflite Mandolin case, which may fit....I will check that, and if so it could be available additionally at moderate price.


Bluesman's Vintage Harmony & Stella Guitar Collection.

I have a copy of the February 2011 Issue of "Guitar & Bass" Magazine, which includes an article entitled "Harmony Central", in which Ian Siegal discusses his adored collection of Vintage '60s Harmony and Stella Guitars!

In addition to this and the testimonials on the Home Page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars".


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** YOUTUBE ****

Check out the YouTube video I have embedded here, entitled "Led Zeppelin - Going To California (Live Earls Court 1975)"...plus an additional link to another clip from the same gig....really fine live performances, with great sound, and a few glimpses of the "Batwing" Harmony Mandolin JPJ is playing....the original USA version of course, with the DeArmond Goldfoil pickup, but a nice link, whilst I look for a clip of the H8026...possibly in vain. There are further however further demos of various other USA-made Harmony "Batwing" mandolins.
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You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses £15.00 or £25 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses £30.00 to £60.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

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In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years, I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.
Useful links
Additional YouTube clip - Led Zeppelin - That's The Way (Earl Court 1975)
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