What's The Harm In It?

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  1. cottonmike

    cottonmike Active Member

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    Suddenly, and much to my surprise, the Harm has appealed to me in a very strong way. It was a YT video a few weeks back, of a young guitarist receiving his brand new Harm. It just looked very different and was striking against the backdrop of a human, as compared to the stock web photos. And, when he began to strum it, unplugged, it had a really earthy, woody flavor.

    I am a huge fan of DC guitars, but have never been much interested in any Rickenbacker style guitar. Have said that, these are the questions I have to the Harm owners who love this guitar-or not?

    Does Rondo plan to discontinue this model? Should I rush to get one of the remaining few. I can see the possibility of a thread a year or three down the road about wishing "the Harm's were still available". (I like the LPB color that's available).

    There are a few on the website now. How do these differ from the very earliest models that were available.

    Please explain the tonal differences between these semi hollow guitars as compared to the solid body AL's?

    Finally, could you show pictures of your Harm's, especially ones that you have modded.

    Thanks,

    Michael
     
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    tomringg Well-Known Member

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    If you rush to buy one, more will show up next week in a color you prefer.

    If you hold off, they will sell out & not return for a very long time.

    Exposure bump...
     
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  3. Mickey

    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Truer words were never spoken. :)

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    I didn't like the look of the Harm when I first saw it either, but then I got this (I designed a new pickguard for it, and had it made by a member here):

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    Before I bought the Harm, I had a Rickenbacker 330/12, which I hated... So I sold the Ric and bought the Harm to replace it. I liked it much better in terms of feel and playability, but the stock 'toaster' pickups (they're actually mini-humbuckers) aren't great. Otherwise, the guitar was perfect in every other way.

    The general rule of thumb with Rondo is; if you see something you like, you better grab it while you have the chance. If you wait too long to decide, it could disappear and not return for a very long time... If at all.
     
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    Mossman Well-Known Member

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    I should also mention that 99% of the time, Rondo guitars look much better in person than they do on the website.
     
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    The Harm's were originally the Harmony Central Forums guitar if I remember correctly. They were also all the rage at one time.
     
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    No one knows, not even Rondo. There have been cases of models disappearing without much advance notice. That said, the Harms have had surprising staying power. That said, they sometimes disappear for months. So, if you see something you like, pounce.

    There is a "LPB" B stock available, and I would definitely jump on that. Rondo B stocks usually have minor to non-existent issues, and give very good value.

    Current harms have 1 11/16" wide necks at the nut, while the originals had a slightly narrower 1 5/8"
    I don't find much of a difference between the two .
    There was a short lived solid body, strat pickup style Harm 2, and 3 pickup Harm 3's still show up every once in a while.

    My Harms have p-90's, so I can't compare them to a solid body humbucker equipped guitar. They're supposed to be "airier".

    Both of them are one-offs. The left has a factory installed Ghost piezo pickup. The right is a semi-custom.

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  8. kungphugrip

    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool Agiles!
    my Harm was wild! i miss the golden goddess!
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    WOW! That is sweet! Love what you did with the pick guard. It is symmetrically perfect, opposite to the f-hole. I like symmetry, especially in double cuts. The upper bout horn on this one looks smaller than the lefty model posted by Mickey. Or, is that just an illusion?

    I am guessing the PU's are replacement Firebirds. if so, what kind and how do they differ and combine? 3-way switch?
     
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    Oh No, how'd she get away??

    I love the natural flame top and the maple boared and the combination of neck P-90 and bridge HB.

    It looks like it was snappy with some cut!?
     
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    The difference in the upper bouts is just an optical disillusionment. :)
    Yep, 3-way switch.
    You asked about the differences between the Harm and the AS semis.....
    well, the Harms are NOT semis, they are chambered solid body guitars.
    The pic in my first post shows the size difference.
    Oh, and here's mine after my only mod...custom T.V. Jones pickups.
    (Ok, I changed the knobs too. :) )

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    Mickey what is that color, gold to or TV yellow. I'm thinking GT but I can't really see the "metallic" in this photo.

    How long ago did you get it? Is it rhe same shape as the current one ?
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Both of those guitars are gold tops.
    Strange the difference the lighting makes in the color compared to one another.
    The second pic I posted is much closer to the actual color.
     
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    :hearteyes: Love dem pics, good sir! The guitar is pretty sweet as well....
     
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    yup! very snappy indeed, it sounded great, but the neck was improperly set to where i could never achieve the proper action so i returned it, i hated to do it but i had to
     
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    Mine are stock. I saw no need to change a thing.

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