Post by thesquareknot on Jul 16, 2018 18:37:15 GMT -5
So I am rebuilding this H19 and I am running into a few issues I am not sure how to address. 1. I can't find a neck. The neck has a very specific 3 screw mounting, the original is a double trussed 24"1/4 scale so its a doosy to replace, also any other harmony necks that would fit, look like crap on it. 2. I can't track down a Hagstrom III bridge. I am willing to use something that is similar, the only concern is the bridge posts are pretty funky, and the neck is super slim so even with the original bridge the strings are in danger of falling off, I am thinking possibly a Jazzmaster or Jag bridge with threaded saddles but I am not sure if that would fit?. 3. The pickups are mounted directly to the pick guard so I have to drill holes and rivet them on. I really don't want to have to drop another 35 dollars on a pickguard for it so if anybody has a clue how to mount these things without messing it up that would be great.
Any leads on parts is appreciated. I have already looked at Ebay, Reverb, Stewmac, Allparts, Warmoth, specialty sites, I have contacted Hagstrom and Harmony. I have came up short on every corner and I really just want to play this damn thing already.
No ideas on parts. I usually suggest, in response to queries of this type, that you post to the Forums at VintAxe.com. If anyone can direct you to parts, Steve or one of the guys there can.
This has the potential to have some vintage value, appropriately restored, so you might consider putting it aside for the moment and continuing to search for parts. Can you use non-stock parts, such as a different neck, and make it reasonably playable? Maybe. But, you could also buy a used Squier on EBay, probably for less $$ than you'll likely spend on vintage parts for the Harmony- and the Squier can probably be made to outperform the Harmony in playability with minimal massaging, if any.
Often, one has to look to find a second, parts-donor guitar, so you're making one good one out of two baddies.
You don't rebuild a 1965 Harmony just to have a player- you do it because you want to have a 1965 Harmony H19, for the "cool factor", for the tone perhaps, but either way, it's worth nothing if it's not more-or-less stock. And, it's probably never going to play much better than it did in 1965- it was an inexpensive guitar to begin with.
Just my opinion, anyway. My soapbox is now in the upright, stowed position,as Cynical1 is known to say.
To address your questions, the neck is the big issue, and the rest can probably fall into place if an appropriate neck can be found. I wouldn't worry too much about the 3-hole mount, it can probably be redrilled to 4 holes, and the neck plate will cover any sins. The big issues are the tightness of the fit in the neck pocket, and the appropriate scale length. Everything else can probably be dealt with.
But, again, you might wait to find an original neck, just sayin' . . .