Thursday, July 7, 2011

Harmony H165 in Mason City Iowa for $20

Here is one of those cool local finds for somebody in the area. This seller is offering an old Harmony H165 solid Mahogany acoustic guitar for only $20. This was one of the most popular American made guitars for many years. The Headstock logo indicates this one is pre-1968, probably from the early to mid 60's. Put light strings on it and she will play well. Mason City/Dumont is in the North part of Iowa.


Harmony Guitar - $20 (Dumont)

Date: 2011-07-05, 2:01PM CDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

This guitar has been in our attic for at least 15 years. One string is broken. Dont knowmuch else about it except that it is old. call 641-*******

•Location: Dumont


  1. As I have your blog bookmarked, I was checking in one day while on vacation in the midwest & found this post. Dumont wasn't far so I called the number & it was still available. I went by & picked it up on my way home to CA.

    No markings whatsoever, but the strip-tuners are in great shape. A couple of adjustments here & there & i'm pretty sure this thing will be a good player. Even with the nasty corroded strings, this thing sounds good so far. It looks to have a laminate top, maybe ply like my FG's, but i'm not the authority. The cigarette burn on the PG is a nice touch. Also, it has a nice tort binding around the body under all the dirt.

    The seller said her husband, who is 45 yrs old, played with this thing as a child. I'll have some investigative work to do.

    Thanks for the blog btw.

  2. Nice score. I was in Iowa at a writers workshop at UofI right after I posted this but I didn't have a car so I couldn't do any guitar shopping. Amazing that it found its way back to California anyway. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  3. Hi Jim,

    Found the faint number inside the body last night. It's a H162. Might take the bridge down an 1/8" or so to get the action better. Other than that i'm pretty stoked to have scored it. Gonna finish cleaning the frets & putting some Fret Dr. on the board tonight & string it up with some Martin silk/steel I have laying here.

    Great blog! Keep it up.


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