1945 Harmony H1306 Cremona VI Carved-Top Archtop Guitar

Well dang, this is one spiffy box! I don't know about you, but I'll take deco stylings throughout, a rosewood pickguard and tailpiece, big-block pearl inlay, fancy maple back, and a carved top. Sign me up!

This wartime version of the Cremona VI might actually be the fanciest version of this guitar that I've seen out there on the net. That Brazilian rosewood, sculpted tail and pickguard just really add a lot of visual appeal. It's sexier, for sure. Add to that the pearl bling, multi-ply binding, and celluloid headstock veneer, and you've got something going.

It's one of the rarer carved-top Harmony archtop models and it's stamped as such in the f-holes on the back. The top on this is thus solid, carved spruce while the sides are solid maple and the back appears to be ply flamed maple. The neck is poplar or maple (not sure) and has faux-flame on its rear. The fretboard, bridge, pickguard, and tailpieces are all Brazilian rosewood.

I had to do some glorified setup work and adjustments to it but after that it plays spot-on quick and has a good, chunky, punchy tone. It's not a Gibson or Epiphone carved-top sound -- or even a Regal one -- but it does something all its own. It has a bit more of a mids/upper-mids spike with a decent, comfortable velvet in the lower-mids and a little bit of a snappy treble response. I like it a lot for the stuff I'd do on a Gibson carved-top -- chord-chopping and midsy runs, though it does fingerpick and strum decently, too, if you're after more of a bluesy sound.

Repairs included: fret level/dress, bridge compensation/mild alteration, restring, setup.

Top wood: solid carved spruce

Back & sides wood: solid maple sides, ply maple back

Bracing type: tonebar

Bridge: rosewood adjustable

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple or poplar?

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w, 40w, 30w, 22w, 16, 12

Neck shape: medium-bigger soft V

Board radius: ~10-12"

Truss rod: non-adjustable

Neck relief: mild relief but it's removed via the fret level/dress, so effectively straight

Fret style: wide/low

Scale length: 25 1/8"

Nut width: 1 3/4"

Body width: 16 1/8"

Body depth: 3 3/8" + arching

Weight: 4 lbs 7 oz

Condition notes: it's dang clean for its age but does have minor usewear, light scratching, finish weatherchecking, and the sort throughout. There's one small hairline crack (repaired) on the side that's pictured, but that's the only crack I found. I noted this above, but the neck itself has mild upbow but I've leveled it out via the frets so it plays as if it's a dead-straight neck (fast) but frets 1-3 and 12-15 are lower in height than the others. This is imperceptible to many players but I mention it for completeness' sake.

It comes with: an older, functional, hard case (not pictured).