H51 - Spanish Electric Guitar|
Electric Archtop - Sunburst
Production year(s) : 1947-1955 (other years possible, not verified)
1 pickup - "Auditorium size", about 3"1/2 body depth - Check also Silvertone S1320, S1322, and Wards/Airline W8884.
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- steve - 2006-02-23
i have a 4751 H51 that somebody didnt love. they repainted it with some kind of shellac and a barbeque baster. has all the right hardware though and is in great shape structurally. also the owner had claws for nails and scooped out the ebony fretboard on the top three frets. but what a warm bluesy sound! thats why i fell in love with this basket case guitar. i got it from a pawn shop. the guy said he didnt really want to sell it because he liked to play it sometimes. i also had a 1951 stuart archtop. it had a super wide d style neck. it was hurtin too. it was full of bees! hahaha! when i was all done it was alcohol analine stained blue. my dad also etched a variable capacitance circuit board for switching and also active bass and treble. all you had to do was touch two studs in the pickgaurd and the preamp would come alive. thanks steve
- oldrokker - 2010-01-02
I have what I believe is a model H51 although the serial number is listed inside as 4901 H52...haven't found anything that reflects the H52 part anywhere...but all of the pictures for the H51 seem to be identical to mine...it was my grandfather's and I just inherited it...needs a little help but in pretty fair condition.
- Duane - 2010-09-29
I inherited a Harmony electric archtone with sunburst finish (SN: 3974H51 Model: F-51-E) from my father, who purchased it second-hand (along with a '52 Magnatone M199 3J Student amp). The combination has such an awesome, mellow tone! The neck of the guitar has warped and twisted slightly, making it a little more difficult to play, and the (already cracked) pickguard finally broke...but otherwise it's in great shape for being 59 years old!
- rmaczis - 2010-12-14
I've been trying to identify this guitar for years!!!! Came across this posting and bingo! Mine is exactly like this...matches all the photos, but has an H54 number inside, not H51 !?!? The Harmony name on the headstock is either worn or removed...the graphics are there, but no name. Used to work, but electronics seem to be dead now. Not sure it's possible to work on innards without removing top or back.
- Labeljohn - 2011-09-15
I bought one of these about a year ago and love it. Unfortunately it needs a neck reset. The guy that sold it said it was a 41' model is this possible? The number is 2241H51
- Steve - 2013-02-14
Don't confuse the Model Mumber with the manufacturer's date code. The small number in the box with "Made in USA" under it refers to the date the instrument was made, in this case it was manufactured in the Fall of 1951. A guitar marked "S-51" would be a Summer of 1951 guitar. The Model number is the last several digits of the much larger number printed on the inside of the instrument it usually starts with a letter followed by 1 or more numbers..
- Jan - 2015-07-24
I bought one just like this, except, it has a Silvertone logo on the headstock, and seems to have an unadjustable truss-rod, judging by the slight V shape in the back of the neck. Apparently not uncommon.. The neck isn't "fat" like the Harmonys without it.. It plays and sounds super great! It has 1066H57 printed inside. Other than that, nothing else. Wonder what it is? A platypus Harmony perhaps à la Montgomery Ward?
- Billy - 2015-07-30
I just recently inherited my grandfathers H51 Spanish electric/acoustic and was wondering how much it would be worth? If anyone knows please let me know thank you!
- Cricket - 2017-08-09
I have a H51 guitar that was my Dads...number inside is 1042H51 but looks just like the picture shown. Not that I'm willing to part with it, but is it worth anything? Just wondering. Thanks