VTG SALE COMPLETED!: AFTER OVERHAUL - VINTAGE CLASSICAL/FOLK ACOUSTIC - HARMONY H6144 KOREAN-MADE 1970S NYLON-STRUNG GUITAR, IDEAL FIRST INSTRUMENT - VTG1591 - NOW SOLD!
Excellent, Original Condition, Full 653mm. Scale, but slightly slimmer 49.5mm. nut width - Overhaul, Set-up, and re-string with La Bella Flamenco strings.
SOLD
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Update! - 18/11/2021....Now Sold and on it's way to Buyer in London!
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Not the earlier USA-made "Classic" models Harmony produced in the Chicago years ending in 1975, particularly the H173/H174 associated with Jerry Reed, but a similar guitar made in Korea in the years immediately following the demise of the Chicago factory.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1591.

Nicely detailed, but understated, and un-fussy construction, with traditional classical guitar fan-bracing to the top. As shown in the photos single black binding to the coloured Spruce top, and to the back, gives a clean and smart look to the guitar. Traditional pattern soundhole rosette and bridge stripe. Very nice Rosewood faced headstock with nice quality Lyre-style, embossed plate tuners

Guitar is as original, except that front and rear strap button have been added the past....not required for classical play, but if Folk type use is envisaged requiring standing play, these may be useful, so are retained.

Condition
Good condition for a 40-odd year old guitar....normal use markings only of minor nature. Top is flat, and no lifting to the rear edge of the bridge.

Overhaul completed, including dressing the bridge, plus new bone saddle, dressing & polishing the frets, cleaning & Lemon Oiling the fingerboard and adjusting the nut string slots, for set-up.
Action, strings & cases
Final set-up to be completed, when new strings have settled in, but already has spot on correct action for classical guitar, between 3mm. & 4mm. at 12th. fret.

New La Bella Red Nylon Flamenco strings, which I thought would sit the guitar well, but if you find they don't suit your playing, it is an easy matter to change the, and strings are consumables after all.

There is no case with the guitar, but I may be able to offer additional options of Gig Bag or case, possibly Hiscox hardshell case if required.

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Embedding a YouTube clip for this one was a bit of a challenge.....there are no clips of the H6144 on YouTube, and I could not find any of the other Korean-made classicals that were suitable....so I have gone for the nearest available options...the earlier USA-made Harmony classicals or "Classic" guitars, as they tended to call them, produced by the Chicago factory.

In other contexts I'd prefer to stick to calling them classicals, but with these instruments possibly Harmony (and also Kay) had a point in stressing the versatility, and different playing styles available on nylon-strung guitars. Not only are these suitable for true classical play, but remember that in the '60s & '70s we were at the height of the folk boom, and many "Folk" players of that time adopted these nylon-strung guitars....not to mention Brazilian Bossa Nova, etc.

Of those available I have embedded a clip entitled "Nylon-string parlor guitar demonstration" by "Nashville Guitar Guru". Usually I prefer to avoid the demos with lots of talk, but this one gives a good insight into the point I made about flexibility of playing styles, ranging from classical itself to folk style, which appeared to make it very suitable here.

I have followed that up with a clip from the indispensable Jake Wildwood, "Country Guitar Doctor", as additional link below....there are others, but I chose this one as he specifically mentions that it has classical style fan bracing, as does the guitar for sale, whereas some of the "Classic" guitars have ladder bracing as on the steel-string parlors.

I must ask you to remember that the instruments in these demos, although they are indeed Harmony guitars, they are all USA-made ones, produced in the Chicago factory, before it's demise in 1975, not from the Korean production that took over shortly afterwards, as this one is!
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JAKE WILDWOOD - 1960s Harmony H173 "Classic" classical guitar
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