Ibanez AS153TQS Artstar Hollowbody Electric Guitar Tequila Sunburst 10373
Our 82 year old neighbor bought this beautiful Harmony H-62 guitar new some 55+ years ago. He doesn't remember which year exactly and we are unable to find a serial number to verify the age. However, he happened to have the original 1955 catalog which features this model and from which he recalls purchasing the guitar so it stands to reason that it is from that era. The catalog is not for sale although we do intend to list it at a later date. For many years, he declined any intent to sell the guitar.
After my husband pointed out to him that the same model just sold on eBay last week for $2250, he reluctantly reconsidered and asked us to sell the guitar for him which we are only too happy to oblige as he has been an exceptional steward, keeping the guitar in superb condition all these years! Here's a link to that eBay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1953-HARMONY-H-62-BLONDE-HOLLOW-BODY-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-/160671675003?pt=Guitar&hash=item2568c7327b
Like that previously listed H-62 guitar, this one is also in excellent cosmetic condition, undamaged, never repaired, and with all original parts intact insofar as we can tell. There are some age appropriate finish and wood scuffs here and there as one would expect from a vintage 55+ year old guitar but nothing significant. We've included many clear detailed pictures but don't hesitate to ask for more. What the pictures don't accurately show is that the binding on both sides of the body of this guitar is covered in a VERY attractive tortoise celluloid which matches the pickup covers, pickguard and even the toggle switch! The pickguard does have a crack but it still feels completely solid and stable.
The back of this guitar is extraordinarily flamed as is the neck! Absolutely exquisite!! Just compare the flame on the back AND neck of this guitar to the one mentioned and linked above...there's no comparison! The neck is straight and the playing action is low and comfortable. The guitar STILL has the old flat wound strings that were last put on about 25 years ago! All the electronics work, including both pick-ups and all 4 knobs. However, the pots will definitely need spraying and cleaning.
The guitar comes with an old hard shell case which has a purple lined interior. The owner believes that he replaced the original inexensively made soft case with this hard case a few years after purchasing the guitar in an effort to protect it better. Frankly the case fits the guitar perfectly and it could be easily mistaken for the original case! The case has some scuffs but is also in very good no issues condition (all hinges and latches intact and functional).
Given the price established last week for the Harmony H-62 electric arch top model, we don't see the purpose in asking folks to undergo the auction game by waiting another 10 days to bid all over again only to discover that someone else has sniped in at the end with a higher bid and won the auction. Seems like a waste of everyone's time. So we've decided to list this guitar with buy-it-now price, reflecting its market value, so that the FIRST person who stumbles across this listing has the best chance to buy the guitar (and not the last person!). We're also offering the auction format but the way eBay works, the buy-it-now price disappears as soon as someone places a bid...seems crazy but that's eBay! So if the b.i.n. price is gone, that means someone has placed a bid and decided to assume the perils of the auction format.
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ABOUT US - We are NOT experts in the items being auctioned. We are in fact a retired professional married couple with enough free time to now sell items we have had in storage for several decades and to promptly, and always politely, respond to your inquiries which we welcome. Whenever possible, we have included extra pictures with each listing so that the bidder has an opportunity to examine as many pictures as possible. However, we reserve the right to remain human! This means that we can make a mistake at times in describing an item and opinions do differ. If this happens, please contact us to address the issue before bidding as we are selling these items AS IS and not on an approval basis.
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