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Strumdrum said:
Yamaha SA2000 on the left. It was good for my praise band gig for 2 years. Ace
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That Yamaha is a terrific guitar that was under appreciated for a long time. Try finding one for sale now. You have the bases covered with that array. You're knee deep in tradition with the sunburst strat and a gold top LP. Nice!
Recently added this Tele. Had a MIM Tele, and just love the fat frets on this American Pro. It has the selection button for the bridge pick-ups. I just need to learn to play. Ace
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My first electric guitar---1974 Ovation Breadwinner---she was only 5 yrs old when my parents bought her for me for my 14th birthday (1979) One volume, one tone, 3-way selector, and phase switch---active torroidal wound pickups, solid Mahogany body/neck, ebony fretboard, bone nut, and a custom chrome pickguard completes the package---this old girl can handle anything from blues to metal, and do it with style!
 

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Those were quality instruments and did not garner the respect they deserved. BTW, nice quilt.
 

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Only the first year of production had the torroidal pups---they went to humbuckers in mid 1975---a rare piece of history that I will never sell---and my wife's grandma made the quilt :happy11: My first guitar is a 1976 Goya (martin group made in Korea), and I still have it as well!
 

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Bought this Yamaha Classical slightly used back in '69, from Jent's House of Music, in Lubbock, Texas. Back then, everyone commented on me playing it with a flat pick. It sounded good. Then Willie came along doing it big time. Ace
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I'm not sure if this old girl qualifies as "vintage", and I can't find any info on when or where she was made---the headstock and neckplate say Harmony Est 1892---the previous owner sanded the body down to bare wood (it was red), and revealed a laminated body (19 layers alternating light and dark woods) The neck is flame maple with a maple fretboard. After a good cleaning and setup, some re-soldering, and a Graph-tech nut I added her to my arsenal of badasses!
 

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Here's my guess: Harmony H804 from early 90's, Japanese built with a replacement Fender Strat type bridge. You might check out the pots to see if you can get date codes from them. Sorry, I can't help you with Japanese pot dating, I know nothing about those but imagine you can get some info with a search. BTW, replacing that bridge would have been a challenging bit of work as it has to be perfectly aligned in three planes (side to side for sting alignment, height and length (intonation range).
 

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Olrocker said:
Not vintage but a cool guitar nonetheless...

2000 Terry C. McInturff Polaris
I have a Polaris Pro with a beautiful quilted Maple top.
I cannot get over how versatile that guitar really is.
It kills a whole bunch of the top three guitar makes guitars.
Hand wound original DiMarzio p'ups, which are wonderfully clear and sweet at the same time!
All of the 5 position switch positions are distinct and useable as well.
Best guitar under a grand I have ever held!
 

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Hi guys....Ok, so growing up in Chicago I have a love for Slingerlands, Ludwigs, and my accidental collection of Harmony gems. I'm also a signpainter/pinstriper, with a love of the decorative forms applied to the early parlor guitars. That being said, I'd like to show the steps involved in creating this latest fun piece. It's a 69' Harmony h162 (00-18 size), with 23k gold leaf, varnishes, and enamel. The pattern is based on a Harmony Supertone decal from the 30's....

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famousdave said:
Hi guys....Ok, so growing up in Chicago I have a love for Slingerlands, Ludwigs, and my accidental collection of Harmony gems. I'm also a signpainter/pinstriper, with a love of the decorative forms applied to the early parlor guitars. That being said, I'd like to show the steps involved in creating this latest fun piece. It's a 69' Harmony h162 (00-18 size), with 23k gold leaf, varnishes, and enamel. The pattern is based on a Harmony Supertone decal from the 30's....
Nice work. Was Harmony always a budget-oriented instrument company ? I became familiar with the brand name in the 70's .. as cheap, low-quality instruments, suitable for beginners. My first string instrument was a Harmony uke. Maybe their earlier output was better in overall quality ? I like that electric that you posted on the other thread.
 

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hippychip said:
My first electric guitar---1974 Ovation Breadwinner---she was only 5 yrs old when my parents bought her for me for my 14th birthday (1979) One volume, one tone, 3-way selector, and phase switch---active torroidal wound pickups, solid Mahogany body/neck, ebony fretboard, bone nut, and a custom chrome pickguard completes the package---this old girl can handle anything from blues to metal, and do it with style!
I remember those guitars ! Suddenly getting a flashback of a magazine ad with Steve Marriot endorsing this model.
 

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A lot of Harmonys were sold through Sears under various names, but most of the pre 72' models are solid woods and highly underrated.....
 

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1941 Silvertone Artist with original (as far as I know) case.

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Strumdrum said:
Yamaha SA2000 on the left. It was good for my praise band gig for 2 years. Ace
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That Yamaha is a terrific guitar that was under appreciated for a long time. Try finding one for sale now. You have the bases covered with that array. You're knee deep in tradition with the sunburst strat and a gold top LP. Nice!
Wow! Now SA2000 are on Ebay for around $1500.00.
 

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Cool thread! I have several vintage guitars. Here is my favorite, a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Recording model. This is an oddball LP that Les himself played for the last 20-something years of his life. Low impedance pickups and lots of tone shaping control.
 

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