Harmony H45 Stratotone Mars ca. 1960
This Harmony Stratotone was distributed through Aldens department stores, hence the “A” logo on the headstock . From what I’ve seen, Harmony never marketed black Stratotones under their own brand name so this guitar must have been part of a custom order from Harmony by Aldens. The “tone chamber” body on this instrument is very clean with only one noticeable finish scratch on the front (see body picture) and some rub wear to the clearcoat on the back. The fretboard is ebonized maple and the action is fairly low (4/32”) at the 12th fret. The tuners are smooth and the guitar holds tune well. The knobs are replacements off of a Kay of the same era. In my opinion the Kay knobs look better than the original cupcake knobs given the black finish on this instrument. The electronics are fairly quiet for a guitar of this era but it is noticeably noisier when the tone switch is in the treble position compared to the bass position. Retrofitting a proper ground will eliminate this issue. The "hershey bar" DeArmond pickup produces great blues tone. If you like Stratotones and you like black this is definitely the guitar for you. The cool headstock logo design is just an added bonus for this unique Mars model. No Case.
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