1970 Fender (Harmony H1260 Sovereign) Jumbo Guitar

While it bears Fender on the headstock and has a Fender-shaped pickguard and bridge, this is a Harmony H1260 Sovereign through and through but with cosmetic changes. Said changes are... the pickguard, bridge, headstock veneer, and Fender-style tuners. It's interesting to think that Fender saw a need to order acoustics from Harmony in '70 because they were (at the time) in full swing production of their "in-house" Fender acoustics being built at a newer, Santa Ana factory. I've worked on 3 or 4 of these now, though, so there must have been a fair number of them produced to worm their way into the Fender brand-chain.

That said, like an H1260, it's a big-sounding, big-feeling, woody-toned, airy, punchy instrument. I love the sound of these put into open tunings and crosspicked or fingerpicked but they also make good rock-n-roll, chord-banger strummers, too. This Fender version has a huge cosmetic upgrade over the "typical" H1260 look and it has a functional, slimmer, pin-style bridge load as well.

This got the usual work these need and out the other side it's a fast player and ready to serve. As a last note -- please do check out the amasing bearclaw figure in the spruce top. Isn't that something?

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, new bone saddle, mild cleaning, headstock veneer reglue, setup.

Weight: 4 lbs 5 oz

Scale length: 25 1/8"

Nut width: 1 3/4"

Neck shape: medium D/C

Board radius: 10"

Body width: 16 1/8"

Body depth: 4 3/8"

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: ladder

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 52w, 40w, 30w, 22w, 16, 12

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-lower

Condition notes: aside from weather-check to the finish throughout and minor usewear/playwear via a few very small nicks, scratches, dings, and scuffs here and there, it's pretty clean. It's also all-original save saddle and bridge pins, too. The heel cap is chipped-out and I can leave it as-is or replace it if desired for the next owner.

It comes with: sorry, no official case, but I might be able to scrounge something useful to store it in.

Consignment tag: MM