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models H952 - Monterey
Acoustic archtop - Faux-pruce top, sunburst body
Production year(s) : 1944-1945 (other years possible, not verified)

H952 model number was used during wartime for a Monterey model, with faux-spruce finish on top. Same model number was used later in mid-fifties for the black and red Colorama Monterey model.

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Top woodBirch
Body woodBirch
All solid woods

Scale25"1/4642 mm

7 comments | Add your comment !

  • - 2006-04-25
    The faux spruce top H952 made during WWII is really unique!
  • Bob... - 2010-01-05
    I found a H952, that was missing a bridge and strings, at a thrift store for $5.00. I wasn't sure of the model number or year until I found this website. Thanks !
  • seventh day adventist guitar player - 2010-08-27
    a friend just gave me his harmony monterey 952.
    the story is that it had been sitting in a closet at Weimar College for years...and just got passed around like an unwanted child.
    now shes home...
    she sounds so good...thin lightweight...there are a lot of chips and signs of age...if there ever used to be a cherry sunburst that has faded...the pickguard is gone...but i will do my best to make her glory days ahead of her!
  • ScottD - 2010-10-11
    Found a Harmony Monterey at a garage sale. Thanks (!) to the Harmony database site, I've identified it as a H952. The top isn't painted like others shown. Cellulose pickguard that looks like tortoise shell, w/ no logos or art. Wood tailpiece really helps to place these in wartime (and it's a great bonus to the sound of the instrument!). Mine had no hint of lacquer on the top, so I suspect they oiled and waxed the tops if they weren't painted, much in the same way as fine furniture. Pics are coming.
  • Jim Harduby - 2015-11-23
    My Father Gave Me This Exact Guitar As A Kid. He Thought I Was A "Natural" And Maybe I Am. In Trying To Preserve This Guitar, I Essentially destroyed it. I Am Looking For Another, Look Me Up On Facebook If You Have One That You Want To Go To A Good Home. I Love This Guitar, & I Have One Similar, But It's Just Not The Same. Please Help.
  • Anders R - 2015-12-04
    I got this exact h952 to, cherry burst has faded and there are some sign of age ;)though but she is still in completely original condition, i got this from an old lady, i played for her on her death bed, when she was gone her family wanted me to have it so here it is, ive searched the internet for information but nothing till i stumbled on this page, Thanx
  • Old Timer - 2018-01-10
    How much is one of these worth?

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