Finally, it seems all of my late night vigils and Paypal offerings to the ebay gods have payed off. Yesterday, my doorbell rang. I arrived just seconds later. At first I looked around confused thinking maybe this was another ding dong ditch perpetrated by our haunted histaric doorbell but then, way off to one side, I see it. Some dead beat postal servant has abandoned a package on my doorstep like and unwanted child, all ascue and unprotected. I had been waiting for this package. Yes this is the pakage I had been waitng for and at once I tore through its’ shappy shipping papuse and at once I gazed at the features of my new reborn baby. A Custom 1969 Harmony Rebel H82 w/Karl Hoyt commistioned neck. I held the cut away curves of it’s hollow body, and grasped the swift tapered contours of it’s hand crafted neck and again I saw this abandoned child and wondered how anyone could have given up something so beutifull and unique.
OH..WHERE DO I BEGIN! THIS IS A 1969 HARMONY H-82 REBEL HOLLOWBODY COMPLETELY RE-DESIGNED GUITAR. THE ORIGINAL GUITAR WAS THE “GREEN SUNBURST” AND PLAYED AND SOUNDED MEDIOCRE AT BEST. THE BODY HAS BEEN RE-STAINED TO THE GRETSCH “RED WINE” COLOR, BUT STILL DISPLAYS THE BINDING AND F HOLE. IT HAS A RICKENBACKER STYLE PICKGUARD, A BIGSBY TREMOLO UNIT WITH THE SWING ARM IN BRUSHED CHROME, A NASHVILLE TUNE-O-MATIC BRIDGE WITH GRAPHITE SADDLES, 2 PAF 90 HUMBUCKERS WITH CHROME COVERS IN BLACK TRIM, CHROME VOLUME AND TONE KNOBS WITH A 3 WAY TOGGLE SWITCH FOR SELECTION BETWEEN THE PICKUPS.
THE NECK IS A SOLID MAHOGONY CUSTOM NECK MADE BY KARL HOYT. KARL HOYT IS A PROFESSIONAL LUTHIER IN CAPE COD THAT ONLY ACCEPTS VERY FEW COMMISSIONS A YEAR TO BUILD INSTRUMENTS AND NECKS. THE NECK IS A 25.5″ SCALE NECK THAT MEASURES 1 9/16 AT THE NUT, AND 2 1/16 AT THE HEEL. THOSE ARE MOTHER OF PEARL INLAYS AND SPERTZEL LOCKING TUNERS.