H6277 - Classic|
Acoustic flatop - Natural
Production year(s) : 1972 (other years possible, not verified)
Seventies top of the line classic - nylon strings
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- Elon - 2008-12-01
I just purchased this little guitar today and cannot believe how sweet it is!
The sound is incredible and great action, it's hard to put it down.
- Wingborn - 2009-07-11
I just picked one up from eBay. It's in rough shape, but it was a really nice guitar once, and hopefully will be again. The rosette and the inlays aren't decals or paint, as I'd originally expected, but they're real marquetry. Unlike most Harmonies I've seen, the spruce top is nicely bookmatched. Even in its current rough shape it still sounds nice.
- jeff - 2010-01-10
I'm on my second fixer, the first was 40 bucks on ebay with a broken bridge. I spliced in a rosewood repair (Brazilian, no less) and fitted a new bone saddle. Warm, full mellow sound, but I traded it plus some significant bucks for a Yairi CY116 with waterfall sapele sides and back. Oh what a nice and beautiful guitar! Better low end and clear notes throughout the range than my trade-in, but not by that much.
My "new" H6277 had a severe back bow, which I corrected over time with a travel iron on low-mid heat sitting over the offending frets for hours, then I clamped the neck using an I-beam level with a shim to reverse the backbow. It plays pretty well now, but needs a refret since a previous owner shaved them too near the fretboard, and there is a buzz problem from being too shallow. This guitar sounds good enough to richly deserve that work.
My 70's Yairi classical has an edge and deepness that sounds great, yet this old Harmony has a round mellow fullness which I love. It rings, and vibrates against your side like my old Regal Jumbo Sovereign which I miss now that it has moved on. There are a lot of nice old classical guitars out there, but the Harmonys I have run across are definitely worth a look. Set up well, they reward you many times over.
- Andy - 2010-09-17
Never, ever thought I would own a Harmony. Ha - never say never. I picked a pretty well preserved one up for $100 with case, for use as a take out in public, let other people play guitar. My other guitars are a Cordoba and two handbuilts: a John Blanchard and a Millburn. I am probably an advanced beginner or low intermediate player. For the price, I did not expect much from this Harmony. Fit (wonky, low frets, cheap tuning machines) and finish (varnish and bleeding of binding dye onto soundboard at edges, for example) is poor but much better than what $100 would buy today in a new guitar. The body is an interesting shape - almost between a dreadnought and a classic - body is thin at upper bout, then gets deeper at lower bout. The shoulders of the upper bout are perpendicular to the neck as they leave the neck. This appears to give the body a tad more volume than a traditional classic shape. It just barely can be shoehorned into my hard cases, that is how different the shape is. It feels light overall. Tight grain on spruce top. Soundwise, it is fairly warm in tone with nice sustain. When I leaned on it, volume was pleasantly rewarding. It lacks what I think of as a truly musical or sweet voice, but it is far from sounding dead. This may be an unfair evaluation as I am still setting up action and strings. I've only tried one new set of strings so far, and I'm going to experiment more as I think getting that piece right will help. Action overall is low, which makes for great ease of playing. The bass strings are buzzier than I like, and the trebles are a bit higher than I am happy with, so I think some saddle and perhaps nut modification may be in the future for this guitar. Overall, I am very happy with this guitar for the purpose I bought it and think it would serve a beginning classical or flamenco player well.
- Andy - 2010-09-18
Just a little update - put on Savarez Alliance high tension strings, and oh my, what joy! More musical, livelier sound - this is the fourth sets of strings I have tried and so far the ones that have made all the difference. Cheapest online place I have found for them is juststrings.com
- Mike - 2010-12-20
Pick up a H6277 at an antique shop for $50. I sanded the frets and neck lightly with some 00 steel wool, added some $5 strings, applied some Old English to the neck, but neglected putting it on the thin bridge. You guessed it, it snapped! Glue will not work on the bridge it is to thin. Any suggestions? The vintage guitar people already yelled at me for destroying the guitar.
- Lee - 2014-12-05
I purchased a Harmony classical guitar at a church rummage sale a few years ago for $15.00. It was from the'60s and had a few nicks here and there, as well as being very dusty inside the sound hole.
I cleaned the guitar up and while I was restring it the dang bridge snapped right off nearly swatting me right in my right eye!
I've restrung several guitars and basses over the years and never had a bridge snap off. Is this something to watch out for on old Harmony classical guitars?