H1201TG - Tenor Sovereign|
Acoustic flatop - Natural
Production year(s) : 1959-1971 (other years possible, not verified)
Tenor (4 strings, tuned CGDA) Flat top - same range as the H1203 Sovereign. This model appears in the 1961 catalog, but a sample is reported with a clear 1959 datestamp.
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|All solid woods|
|Body depth||3"3/8||85 mm|
|Neck at nut||1"1/4||32.7 mm|
|Neck at 12th||1"1/2||39.2 mm|
23 comments | Add your comment !
- greener99 - 2005-11-26
I cut my teeth on this guitar (H1201T), then we fell out of touch, and I found one 8 years ago in shop and we've been in love ever since!
- roskis - 2008-09-29
It's a tenor so the scale is 23". Any longer and standard tenor tuning of CGDA will snap the A string.
- Greg - 2008-10-24
I just found one at an estate sale with serial #3332. It's in great shape except for a few nicks and dings and a missing string peg. I bought it as a project and sibling for my 1971 Soveriegn 6 string.
- stevie B - 2009-01-14
I found one sitting beside a dumpster, behind a thrift store. Dumpster was full, so I probably rescued it from being crushed, either in the back of the garbage truck or at the dump. It was in it's original canvas gig bag, and both guitar and bag were in surprisingly good condition, only real damage being the bridge was off and split, but all the pieces were there. Serial number 8982H1201. Took me about four years to finally glue the bridge back together and back on the top. Tuned it to standard guitar tuning (GDBE) and it sounded okay- then I tuned it to 5ths (CGDA) and it SANG! I find learning new chord shapes to be manageable, as I am only dealing with four stings. I am having some difficulty finding it's voice in my guitar group, but I have faith it will settle into it's place, and I am enjoying having and playing it.
Great to find this Harmony resource. Thanks to the admins.
- jvcleve2 - 2009-11-14
Regarding string scale length and tuning controversy...I have an H1201TG that has 23" scale and uses D'addario J66 strings gauges .10 .14 .22 .32 for CGDA tuning but I also have Lark tenor (some would call it a plectrum) with a 26"scale that is tuned CGDA using D'addario gauges .09 .16 .23 .30 ... So longer scales using CGDA tuning is possible. A luthier/setup man can assist.
- Greg In Baltimore - 2010-10-01
I found one of these in a locate for-sale ad for $30 about 4 years ago. Played it sparingly. Came with the original case and strap. The pick guard had fallen off, but I had a luthier reglue it. Overall it was a nice looking guitar, but it sat unplayed in a closet for over 30 years. Neck was in good shape. Bought with no strings, so the neck was not bowed. Sound was OK, not great. My foremost complaint about it is the nut and bridge were too high for my taste. I had a mandolin (Gibson) and a guitar (Martin) already, so I expected the same action, for lack of better word. Since Harmony tenors are hot these days (2010), I kept it for a couple of years then sold it for a huge profit. I keep looking for another one to do it again.
- Lakerbat - 2012-12-28
So happy to find this resource! I learned on this and I remember getting it in second grade, which would have been 1968. I didn't even know that I still had it, but thought I was unpacking my mother's restored 1951 Martin tenor ... and out popped my old Harmony. It's 8998H1201 .... and I was so glad to find its twin on your site. Thanks also for the wisdom on finding a replacement pick guard, as I pried it off in junior high (what an idiot! LOL) What a wonderful little instrument.
- Frank - 2014-09-02
I picked up this Tenor #H7047. It is like brand new.
Looks like it was never played. Neck is straight as an arrow. Tuned it up W/J6601 D'addario strings.The intonation is definitely off in the upper register, on the A&D strings. Seems like the bridge saddle needed to be cut on an angle, for the proper intonation. Any thoughts on how to fix this without resetting the bridge and saddle would be greatly appreciated.
- fotoguzzi - 2016-02-28
I have # 8994H1201 was my Gramma's I think.
- MAMANANA - 2016-05-20
I HAVE ONE FOR SALE.
- Linda - 2016-07-31
Trying to determine what type of vintage guitar I have inherited. I have photos. I was recently informed that it is possibly a Harmony from the 1930s or 40s. Any help is appreciated.
- Jeff musser - 2017-04-13
I have a 1201T with a bear claw spruce top, that sounds lovely. Well, now. The dovetail slot was a 1/4" too wide and the neck was set to the bottom of the slot. The rest filled with glue. The neck had to be centered, and a bigger bridge made to cover the finish of the old position. It has a bone nut and saddle now ($400.00 later), as well as new bigger frets. But, I still have an American made guitar with choice wood, for way less than a Martin OM-18T. I will be buried with it!
- Jeff Musser - 2017-04-13
I wanted to add, that before I owned the 1201T, I had a 929 solid birch Harmony tenor guitar. This one is the bottom of the line Harmony, but has a nice tone too, just different. The upper frets of it, remind me of the tone of a vintage F5 Gibson Mandolin. Birch is a great tone wood, but plain, like most American woods (except flame walnut, maple, and Sycamore). I would imagine a total maple guitar would sound similar. If you get a chance to get one, definitely try it!
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- Adam page - 2018-06-15
Just restored 8998h1201t ended up making two different pickguards settles on my custom after making to spec an original stumbled on this page found it weird I stumbled into the guy that works at guitar center who I outbid as well without mention of guitar very small world stuff it’s got a bookmatched bear claw spruce top gorgeous without al that nitro celluloid on it used automotive urthane clear gloss body flat neck put Grover friction banjo tuners ebony bridge pins tomatch lowered action things really pretty
- Douglas Morrison - 2018-12-07
I just picked up a Harmony Sovereign Tenor #1884H1201, and love the sound! Clear as a bell, and warm as well. I am having difficulty determining the year it was built.
- Billabong - 2020-07-10
I bought this guitar at a pawn shop with the tags still on it and the case. I thought it was new. It didn't look like it had ever been played. I bought it in 72 so I assumed it was a 71. The numbers can't be read now. It has a completely different pickguard than the ones posted here. It is the exact same material but a different shape. I am trying to figure out if the pickguards ever changed over the years. It's a sweet sounding little tenor and the wood is perfectly aged. Just wish I knew about the pickguard. Will keep looking to see if theres another like it.