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1957 Aldens by Harmony H44 Stratotone DeArmond Pickup Pro Setup Original Case
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Today Lawman Guitars is Presenting…
An incredible find… A beautiful 1957 Aldens, Made by Harmony H44 Stratotone Guitar with the original soft shell Case.
This guitar is in incredible shape and is all original except for the bridge.
Most of these old timers are missing the original bridges so I had our Craftsmen make reproduction bridges just like the originals. If I didn’t tell you it was a reproduction, I’m sure you would have never known. They did a great job and I sell them thru my store to very happy customers.
We dated this beauty to 1957 from the original pots.. Date codes are 134712 (Centralab manufactured 22nd week of 1957). They did not provide any serial numbers to help with identifying dates of these cool guitars. Happy it still has the original pots..see pics 5 and 6.
This cool guitar sports the great looking Gold Finish unlike the same Harmony Models which were in the Copper finish. Exactly a like except for the headstock Logo. Aldens used this Logo for theirs. I have seen some of these gold models and even the copper ones turn green over time. The finish will react with the oils from our hands and arms. You can see this one has turned green on the back of the neck where the hand was for most of the playing..in the cowboy chord area… Happy to see how beautiful the gold still is on this one…Another area that is always missing is the input jack plate. Even the original input jack plate is still with this one..see pic 7…
All original from there to include the awesome sounding DeArmond Hersey Bar Single coil pickup, original Wavery tuners, Harmony Cup Cake knobs, Pickguard, Tailpiece, end pin and even the Tuner Grommets.
These guitar have awesome baseball bat rounded necks that are big, but feel incredible in the hand. I have small hands but love playing this guitar. The nut measures 1 3/4 inches and is also original.
The Pickup sounds incredible. Very dark and bluesy…. Slide players love these but these guitars handle all styles. Richie Valens played on just like it when he was still around in the 1950’s!
Don’t forget the awesome original Harmony Soft Shell Case. You never find these with the guitar. I was thrilled that the second owner of this guitar still had the case. All latches, hinges and original handle are still with it as well as the accessory box.. We are so lucky to have the original case with this guitar. Just as nice as the guitar. What a great guitar combo to have!
Sold as-is no returns as its vintage and used…however, I have been hand picking my customers instruments for over 18 years now and they have all loved the guitars I found them. This incredibly used Aldens H44 will certainly not be an exception.
Thanks for checking out our cool guitar.
Mike at Lawman Guitars