1960s Harmony H1270 Sovereign Jumbo 12-String Guitar

H1270 Sovereign 12-strings are among my favorites. They're lightweight, sound tremendous when the work is done and they're setup properly, and have a tone that's somewhere between the clunky and wonderful '20s Stella/Oscar Schmidt 12-string voice and the brash, giant, deep, Guild-style voice.

While this one appears rough due to the darkened (and played-in) finish, it's actually structurally in good order. We did all the work needed to get it running spot-on and now it's a happy camper. These are such big guitars that they tend to love to be detuned to open C, C#, or D -- and sometimes I've fit them for B-B tuning for customers -- but they also have a fun, woody, bouncy sound when tuned-up to standard (as in the video).

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, new compensated saddle, new pickguard and truss cover, cleaning, minor crack repair touch-up (old ones), minor seam repairs, setup, etc.

Weight: 4 lbs 14 oz

Scale length: 25 1/8"

Nut width: 2"

Neck shape: medium-bigger D

Board radius: 10"

Body width: 16 1/8"

Body depth: 4 1/4"

Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: ladder

Bridge: rosewood w/bone saddle

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 24w/48w, 17/38w, 12/28w, 9/22w, 15/15, 11/11

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-lower

Condition notes: the original finish has been oversprayed with lacquer that has darkened to a "nicotine orange" look. It's unusual and actually pretty flattering on this big old guitar. The pickguard and truss cover are new and it has a few replacement (same type) parts in the tuners. There are some old hairline crack repairs in the bass-side-lower-bout (pictured) that are all good to go and I cleaned-up some of the residue around them. I did have to reglue the seams a little bit near the endpin area on the back. The top and back appear crack-free.

It comes with: no case at the moment (these bodies only fit the largest dread cases), but I might be able to scrounge a gigbag to ship it in.

Consignor tag: A26