Harmony H-22 Electric Bass Guitar

Harmony  H-22 Electric Bass Guitar

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Harmony H-22 Model Electric Bass Guitar, made in Chicago, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

One of the 1960s finest bass bargains, the Harmony H-22 "Hi Value" Electric Bass retailed originally at $99.50 and was the company's first bass guitar offering. The H-22 was officially introduced in Harmony's 1962 catalog; it remained pretty much the same into the late '60s when the body design was altered to a double cutaway.

This 1966-made bass features a lightweight flat-topped fully hollow-body mounting one excellent-sounding DeArmond pickup down by the neck. The neck itself is thick but comfortable, with a 30" scale dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard. This one has the later single-piece stamped metal tailpiece unit -- otherwise, it is identical to earlier models.

The bass' most distinctive cosmetic feature is the large white plastic off-center pickguard, which has limited function but certainly gives the bass an unmistakable look! Controls are simple, with single tone and volume knobs and large "klunk" switch that works with the tone control for instant tone modification from dark to "baritone."

The H-22 was used extensively in the mid-1960s by both Muff Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group and Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces, and its aggressively thumpy tone can be clearly heard on many recordings. Popular up into the late 1960s, the H-22 has recently again become a much used and sought-after item with new generations of players discovering its quirky charm, extremely easy handling, and excellent sonic qualities.
 
Overall length is 44 1/2 in. (113 cm.), 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 30 in. (762 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is a well-worn but still fully functional and *great* playing example of this Harmony budget bass classic. The finish is darkened and heavily checked overall, with a very smoky patina. There are lots of dings, chips, and flaked spots, although really overall it doesn't look bad. The most notable loss is to the lower side region; it looks like the bottom edge of the bass was exposed to dampness for a time. The finish on the side between the control region and tailpiece area has flaked quite a bit along the bottom edge. There is corrosion to some of the metal parts, but everything works as intended.

Everything is solid with no warping or separations. There is one cleanly repaired crack to the laminate side in the bass side waist area. The wooden bridge is a carefully crafted modern repro, the upper strap button is changed, and the pickguard is a replica of the originals. All other hardware is original including oft-missing pieces like the small rosewood finger rest and small-button strip tuners. While definitely not the cleanest H-22 we have had, this one is a very good playing and sounding example and a nice gigging example of this very popular bass with a cool vibe. Very Good + Condition.