1960s Harmony H165 000-Size Guitar

Tone: It's mids-forward, has a nice, chunky, woody, darkness to it, and a balanced response. I like how it "clunks" chords -- it would sound killer with a mic in front of it for tracking acoustic parts on "Americana" albums.

Feel: The neck is slimmer and faster than earlier Harmony boxes and so most folks will find it more of a modern feel than the older ones. Still, it's 1 3/4" at the nut, so the spacing is wider than your average modern guitar. 

Interesting features: Well, it's solid mahogany throughout the body, of course! The ladder bracing gives a drier tone and quicker attack than x-bracing, too. It has more of a satin finish and, unlike earlier variations of the model, this one (which dates to the late '60s but has an illegible date stamp) has an adjustable truss rod.

Repairs included: Between a few of us here at the workshop it got a neck reset, fret level/dress, bridge reglue, new bone saddle, side dots, and setup work done.

  • Maker: Harmony (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Model: H165
  • Body style: 000-size
  • Weight: 3 lbs 8 oz
  • Scale length: 25 1/8"
  • Nut width: 1 3/4"
  • Neck shape: medium C/D
  • Board radius: 10"
  • Body width: 15"
  • Body depth: 3 3/4"
  • Top wood: sold mahogany
  • Back & sides wood: solid mahogany
  • Bracing type: ladder
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Fretboard: rosewood
  • Neck wood: poplar
  • 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: It's in good shape overall with just minor scuffs, scratches, and dings throughout. Its one bad spot is an old crack repair to the side where it was patched with... bondo! ...and glue. It's stable enough.

It comes with: Sorry, no case.

Consignor tag: AR


Ken said…
That's a lovely one--they're not all so pretty with such figure in the mahogany.