Harmony guitars are by and large phenomenal bang-for-your-buck instruments – or were until the vintage market realized just how nice some of their guitars from the ’60s and ’70s were! Fortunately, the quality of Harmony instruments from the ’80s have not quite been discovered, and the H80T Strat copies are a shining example of that.
This particular H80T was a great instrument to start with – the dimensions are very strat-like, the maple neck feels excellent, the frets are clean and level, and the weight is good. That said, a great deal of care went in to making this H80T a an awesome-sounding and phenomenal player. All of the stock, relatively-crummy electronics were replaced with CTS equipment and the jack is a Switchcraft piece.
Pickups-wise, the middle and bridge positions have been modified with magnets from a J-bass set, giving them a huge, sweet tone. The trem is a Wilkinson and is set up to float, and the action on this guitar is set to play fast, play easy, and play right. Finish-wise there are no huge blemishes, and the color is a pleasantly-deep red-approaching-burgundy.
All in all, this ax is a honey, and with the careful additional equipment it sports, it would make a great addition to a player’s collection as a primary axe or ‘Strat-in-the-toolbox’ alike.