A 1960’s Harmony

Well.  Here’s a nice looking old guitar.

Here’s my analysis…

Harmony steel string

H162 model?, 000 shape  ?, on the inside 2222H162


  • Assessment
  • Setup
  • Strings
  • Tuners

Top is laminate/ply spruce, cracked on outside veneer

Back and sides are plywood with ribbon mahogany

Guitar is probably from the 1960s

There is no adjustment on the neck.

Current action height is about 7/64 bass, 3/32 treb (estimated – e string missing)

Lowering the action (setup) would be possible, but not much (the neck has pulled up a bit, the top has bulged a bit) .  Lowering the action by 1/128th (1/64 at the saddle) leaves only 1/64th “ of a saddle. The time involved would be 1 hour. The benefit would be small but perhaps noticeable.  Cost $50

Strings.  Any strings installed should be low tension.  That would help with playability.  For example:  D’addario EJ 16 or EJ 26  Cost of strings and installation $25

Tuning machines  https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Solid_Peghead_Guitar_Tuning_Machines/Golden_Age_Restoration_Tuners_for_Solid_Peghead_Guitar_with_Scallop-end/Reviews/Page3.html#reviews  $55 + shipping + installation  Cost estimate $100


Other.  The fingerboard has a divot under the low E string.  Filling  cost $50

If I do all of the above,  I estimate  $225 for all.

If I level and dress the frets,  it will be another $100.

I looked on EBAY for value comparatives.  Sold listings for this model over the last couple of months  range from $125 to $150.

Recommendation:  Unless this guitar has sentimental value, I cannot whole-heartedly recommend spending the money for all the things above.  To get it playable I can change the tuning machines and strings for $125.

Alternative:  Buy a new guitar… after a minute or two of checking here’s one.    (I’m a dealer for this one, and this is about my cost.  $175)


OK.  That’s my analysis and some recommendation.

Steve Ganz, luthier

About steve

Luthier in the northwest of the Northwest. Classical guitars, custom instruments, repairs and restorations.
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