Harmony Rebel H-82G Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1969)

Harmony  Rebel H-82G Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1969)
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Harmony Rebel H-82G Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1969), made in Chicago, serial # 4781H82, green/black sunburst finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with ebonized fingerboard, black gig bag case.

"He's a Rebel and he'll never ever be any good' sang the Crystals in 1963, although of course not specifically about this guitar. Actually the H-82 Rebel is kind of a nifty little guitar, and certainly a distinctive one. While far from the top of even Harmony's late-60's line, itís still a good sounding and playing instrument with two notable features-a Burns-like green-black sunburst on the body ("the popular Avocado shading, beautifully polished") and the pickguard-mounted linear tone and volume controls. These latter were an experiment that several manufacturers tried; while the idea works well enough, the dirt and dust that enters the tracks the sliders travel on can cause audio issues it they are not cleaned out regularly. "Spectacular...tone and volume controls-now you just move your "stick-shift" on straight line for a new ease and accuracy in producing your favorite effects. You'll know your settings -visually. See a new REBEL-try it-you'll believe it. (the) Rebel's "stick-shift" volume and tone controls are the newest development in the guitar field." said Harmony in 1968, when the guitar listed at $109.50.

Apart from these specific selling points, the Rebel has a number of 1960's Harmony trademarks. The body is a flat non-arched box with a swooping double cutaway unique to this model The Fenderesque headstock was shared with the "Cat" model solidbodies, but the Rebel has an conspicuous and oddly asymmetric white plastic truss rod cover. The VERY basic trem system is screwed directly to the plywood top, as it was on the Rockets. The Japanese-made fully adjustable metal bridge is screwed down as well, making for a solider playing guitar than the typical Harmony with a floating bridge. The excellent sounding DeArmond Indox pickups were standard on many Harmony instruments, and the Rebel is sounds as good as any of them. It's a delightfully slightly cheesy oddball from Chicago, for sure. "That's no reason why we can't share a love" the Crystals concluded, and in the case of THIS Rebel we agree!
 
Overall length is 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This is a very clean and all original guitar, with some light wear but not a lot of signs of use, The headstock has numerous chips around the edge and the body some small dings and chips, but overall a nicely preserved guitar. Everything works as intended (even the sometimes cranky slider switches) and this is a good playing and excellent sounding example of this cheerfully slightly wacky Harmony creation. Excellent + Condition.