1930s Harmony-made Electrified Archtop Guitar

This beaut probably began life as something like a Marwin-branded guitar, but it looks to have been refinished in the '50s or '60s to this hecka-cool surf-green color. The refinish job was excellent because whoever did it not only taped the binding right and shot the color well, he or she also then clearcoated it. As a result, it looks like it came this way from the factory.

The owner of this instrument bought it a while back and wasn't doing much with it, so he let me go to town making it into a gig-ready monster. He had me put both an electric pickup and a K&K Twin Spot acoustic pickup on it, and now one can take the guitar slumming in rock-land or strumming in folk-land -- and it sounds authentic either way. I was really happy with the electric pickup, as it's a $10.35 eBay special -- a Strat-sized pickup with a P90 construction layout under the cover and adjustable poles. The magnets are even Alnico V. How about that, right?

Work included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, modification and compensation to the original bridge, pickup route cut and install, modification to the pickguard, wiring harness install, general cleaning, and a good setup. The neck has only a hair of relief tuned-to-pitch and it plays on-the-dot with 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE action at the 12th fret, strung with nickel 52w-11 gauges with a wound G.

Specs: I didn't grab them, but these have a 25 1/8" scale length, medium+round neck profile, 12" radius board, and 1 11/16" nut width (some have 1 3/4" depending on who sanded it at the factory).

Condition notes: refinished, non-original pickups and harness, mild wear throughout. The hardware is mostly original except for the pickguard and my additions.