H1407 - Patrician|
Acoustic archtop - Natural
Production year(s) : 1940-1971 (other years possible, not verified)
A classic Harmony archtop, more than 30 years production time. Some variations through the years, trussrod appears only from 1965. The H1407 is by far the most common model in the Patrician line, but the "Patrician" name was used on many different models, comprising flat top guitars and even roundhole archtops. All solid woods, solid spruce pressed top (not carved), mahogany body, tortoise body bindings on front and back.
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|All solid woods|
|Body depth||3"3/8||85 mm|
|Neck at nut||1"3/4||44.4 mm|
|Neck at 12th||2"1/4||56.3 mm|
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- h1pst3r - 2006-03-12
There's an ebay seller named "tom69442" who makes incredible repros of the Patrician pickguard. He also sells the mounting hardware. Pretty sure he stocks a lot of vintage perfect fit replacements and is very knowledgeable about harmonys, kays, etc.
- Jeff - 2010-10-25
I just purchased a 1946 H1407 and from the first time I strummed it it had to be one of the most comfortable and nicest sounding guitars that I've ever played.
- dhowsley - 2010-11-26
I have one of these that was given to me by my great uncle (married to my father's aunt). I was a student in the 7th grade and was taking guitar lessons. While visiting my great aunt and uncle with my parents on a Sunday afternoon in 1965 he went to his room and retrieved this guitar and presented it to me as a gift.
- Harmony9 - 2010-12-30
Bought mine for ten bucks ar a yardsale. Put on grovers and a gibson saddle along with some adiadario chrome strings..o so sweet sounding...
- guitar_mike_69 - 2011-02-10
I've got a '69 H1407 Patrician that is absolutely stunning! The silking of the spruce and the ribbon mahogany are out of this world. The volume and tone out of this old archtop is just wonderful and the action on it is dreamy, to say the least. This has turned into one of my favorite websites, thanks for helping to keep the Spirit of the Harmony Guitars alive!! And, by the way...My Patrician is from 1969 (S-69) and it definitely has a truss rod.
- Mark - 2011-08-28
Just purchased a Patrician. Ordering a repro pick guard with the gold "P". Mine is ser. no. 8696H1407 and has S-7D NT inside. it also has the white plastic triangle Made In USA cover up in the head which, I assume, indicates a truss rod. Haven't removed it yet to see for sure. Action, tone and neck are very good. Needs some minor neck repair. I got it for $150 with a case
- - 2011-10-09
My step father bought his new in 1940 and took it with him durning the war. He was the only one in his group that made it home with his with out being trashed. He later in 1969 gave it to me a few years before he passed away. Part of the logo was scrached off and looking for one to replace one one. Great to find this site. A friend of mine also has one and we were wondering how to find more out about ours when I found this site Keep up the great work.
- davidsimmonsluthier - 2012-01-08
A great site thanks! I'm repairing an H1407 Number 4836 Just taking off the front to put back that which someone has cut away to put in pick-up controls. There is no truss rod and the pick guards have long since vanished. The top and bottom blocks are Tulip wood(American whitewood)The linings are cut short at the neck block.I'll be making the original trapeze fitted with two screws. If anyone wants a replacement let me know. www.davidsimmonsluthier.co.uk
- old mark - 2012-04-06
Just bought a Harmony H1407...stamped 72H1407.
Minor string grooves on the top frets and some finger wear on the fret board at that area.
Looks like it lived in the case for 40 years.
I have several "lower end" Harmony archtops, and you can see instantly the Patrician is a whole different animal. It's a really well made, beautiful guitar-great wood all around, hand finished, nice thick rosewood fret board.
I'm cleaning and oiling the fretboard now, so I don't know how it sounds yet, but it is a really fine looking quality guitar. Happy !
- NoneTheOne - 2012-12-18
Just got mine (late 50s model without a trussrod) 6 months ago, i had to change the original bridge for some gretsch lower bridge, the intonation went perfect all along the board, i electrified it using some rowe dearmond pu and now i get a terrific oldy jazz blues monster that reached #1 place in my current combo ! i only get exciting feedback by people and musicians when played live. A lot harder to handle than your solid body fender or your modern thin neck archtop, but a great guitar if you find the good specimen.
- guitar_mike_69 - 2014-02-13
Just a follow-up regarding adjustable truss rods on this model. I've seen multiple examples of the 1407 Patrician with an adjustable truss rod (including the '69 in my living room) from the years of '65-71 and the "text from catalogues" even mentions the adjustable "torque lock adjustable truss rod" in the '66 and 71 catalogues. This supports my theory that 1965 was NOT the only year of the adjustable truss rod on this model. These are awesome guitars folks!
- John Paul - 2014-02-13
Been waiting anxiously to receive mine , purchased it last Thursday . It's a 1949 H 1407 completely restored all origanal parts . After reading these comments it makes it harder to wait. Ha . Beautiful guitars!
- François (webmaster) - 2014-02-13
guitar_mike_69, of course you're right. I wrote "trussrod appears only in 1965" but I meant "from"... I edited the description accordingly !
- Sheila - 2014-04-23
I have my mothers H1407 guitar with the number 3518 on it also. It also has a marking of F-64-HV made in USA. I am amazed at how great of shape it is in. I am looking forward to learning how to play this beautiful piece.