1930s Harmony H1610TS Tenor Guitar (Refinished)

This 0-sized tenor guitar is strange. It's been refinished in a dark sunburst with a splotchy satin clearcoat, has a replacement pin bridge (I think this may have been tailpiece-load to begin with), new thin veneers on both the back and front of the headstock, a new rosewood fretboard that joins the neck to the body at the 11th fret, and it came with '60s-style el-cheapo tuners. I'm pretty sure I know who did the work on this by its features, but I can't be 100% sure.

At any rate, it came by a friend of mine outside of New York City, so it's traveled a ways from where it was first "mended." The neck had clearly been reset and the structural fixes were secure (it has a few smaller repaired hairline cracks into the top and back). It wasn't playing right, however. Getting it there was my job -- and after that work, it now plays spot-on and the sound is warm, open, and woody.

The Harmony mark in the body reads a very faded "xxxH161..." (where the ... looks like it might be blank space, a smudge, or something) but a kind commenter let me know that the Harmony Database has a listing for it as an H1610TS, so that's what we've got, here. Thanks!

Work included: a fret level/dress, side dots install, new pickguard to hide screw-marks from an old screw-on pickguard, replacement (Kluson-style) tuners, replacement endpin, mild cleaning, and a good setup. I have it strung for DGBE ("baritone uke" or "Chicago") tuning with gauges 34w, 24w, 16, 12. The neck is straight and action is 1/16" at the 12th fret. I compensated the saddle for the two-plain, two-wound stringing, too.

Scale length: 23"
Nut width: 1 5/16"
String spacing at nut: 1 1/8"
String spacing at bridge: 1 7/16"
Body length: 17 5/8"
Lower bout width: 13 1/4"
Waist width: 7 3/4"
Upper bout width: 9 1/4"
Side depth at endpin: 3 3/8"
Top wood: solid birch
Back/sides wood: solid birch
Neck wood: poplar
Bracing type: ladder
Fretboard: rosewood
Bridge: rosewood, bone saddle
Neck feel: medium D-shape, flat board

Condition notes: it's been totally refinished and the job is decent but not beautiful. It has a satin/eggshell sheen. It has a non-original rosewood fretboard (an improvement) with medium-sized frets, replacement bridge with bone saddle, replacement nut, and replacement tuners.


Nick R said…
The Harmony Database- that labour of love put together by Francois Demont has this as the H1600TS in the mahogany shaped option while the H1610TS is natural finish. He added the following: "Metal tailpiece but pin bridge was available as a 30 cents option."

30 cents for your pin bridge option! That means this guitar may have originally had a pin bridge. I suppose the tailpiece holes if filled might show in certain light conditions.
Phillips said…
Thanks for solving the mystery doc
Sure sounds purty...and PS..i didn't do those mods...😉