Harmony Stratotone Roy Smeck: Who else thinks this guitar is cool looking?

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  1. parker

    parker Member

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    Man, I love the '60's they were so creative in their designs, I'll bet those Dearmond Rowe p'ups scream!!

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    anybody have any experience with these or similar??
     
  2. bluesrules

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    Looks cool. That thing as more knobs on it than my old 80's rack!
     
  3. parker

    parker Member

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    yup, It looks like vol/tone for each p'up like a Les Paul.
     
  4. 57special

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    I loved my Harmony Roy Smeck flat top.
     
  5. Mikey Likes It

    Mikey Likes It Silver Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous guitar - those guys sold a red one on eBay last month. It was beautiful and super-clean, but didn't have that wild pick guard. And I believe it was hollow as well. I like this one better.
     
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    Very cool looking. I love it.
     
  7. parker

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    Can anyone tell me what those pickups sound like? Are they the regular Dearmond Stratotone sound or something different? I believe these pickups were pretty high output?
     
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    Most 60's Rowe Dearmond pups found on Harmony's are pretty hot, around 9-10K. I love the sound of them. I think the earlier 50's and very early 60's pups were lower output.
    Joe Yanuziello sticks a modern, upscale version of them Rowe Dearmonds in his electric guitars.
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  9. parker

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    Thanks, I see one of these in near future....
     
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    Pretty much the same as regular Rowe/DeArmond goldtones. The "diamond cut" version was mostly used on Airline-labeled Harmony-built guitars.
     
  11. decay-o-caster

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    I'd pretty much kill for the Stratotone with the slab body and the copper pickguard.
     
  12. burner

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    I've got an old Stratotone.
    It's not as fancy as the one in the OP nor does it sound/play particularly well.
    Mainly keep it around as something to keep in open tuning in case I get an idea and need to grab it real quick.
    That and it goes camping with me. ;)
    Somewhere I have a bootleg of Jason Becker and Marty Friedman playing on it....
     
  13. michael30

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    That one is acompletely different animal.
     
  14. bettyfordclinic

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    I have one of these guitars. Sounds great plugged out - very sixties in a quiet hollowbody sort of way. Plugged in it's one of the best guitars I own. Really pushes the amp and simply screams. Very aggressive pickups or something like that - don't exactly know why, but it's just a little friggin rock/blues beast.

    pic below is taken from this folder of pics:

    http://www.carolineconnolly.com/smeck/jpg big/

    and yeah - mine's covered in sigs. I bought it like that.

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