"FYI for Yamaki B series owners. The B series don't show up in the catalogs until 1977 I don't have a 76. Diaon only imported Harptones for sale in Asia, (Japan). None of the B series were made by Harptone. Yamaki copied the designs…"
"Great! Funny thing. I just picked up a black used EJ off of E-bay. $125 with shipping. Seems that Gibson/ Epiphone are having problems with setting action. Both EJ's are a touch too low, buzz. I've been playing some Gibson J200's with…"
"Thanks for the invite. Who says pickers can't be choosers.
I don't collect them. Just use them. The house of Musical Traditions in Tokoma Park Md. has some nice 1 mill picks by Pickboy. Called Vintage T-shell Classic. Nice and stiff with a…"
I bought my Harptone Lark 12-string brand-new in January of 1973. So, I assume it was built in 1972. Back when I bought it, I was told that it was one of the last Harptones made in the USA. Yes, the braces are…"
I bought my Harptone Lark 12-string brand-new in January of 1973. So, I assume it was built in 1972. Back when I bought it, I was told that it was one of the last Harptones made in the USA. Yes, the braces are sanded smooth and shaped a little different from the ones in the photos of your 67. Also, I notice that the pick guard is a different shape.
Thanks for the photos. Just like my Lark 12-string, yours has 3 top braces in the space between the bridge plate and the tail block. So I think the jumbos have 3 braces and the smaller bodies have 2 braces in this area. Is yours a Standel or a Harptone?
Sounds like you're putting together a great Standel/Harptone collection. I'm anxious to hear if that 67 Standel Lark 6 has 2 braces or 3 braces in the lower bout. Could you also verify if the body width is 17 inches? Firsthand information is the best. Hope all goes well with the restoration work. Do you plan to post photos?
Another Marylander! I am in Glen Burnie, near Baltimore. I see you have quite a collection! I especially like the Harptones. was in NYC last year and they had one of George Harriaon's Harptones in the window of the hard Rock Cafe. I have a picture of it somewhere...I also have a Ringo "45" record with him sitting and playing a Harptone.
According to your profile, you are not actively gigging right now. I am 55 and though I gigged a lot, every weekend, in my younger days, I am down to playing two to three times a month now...I guess that makes me a semi-retired working musician! Maybe you could find your way to one of our gigs sometime.
You might consider joining the Epiphone Owners Group I started and the Gibson Owners Group I started too! There is also a Guild Owners Group...so many groups - so little time!
Hi Eric, I am in the process of photographing and accurately measuring all details of my L-12N inside and out. This has brought up a question. On the L-12 there are 3 fin-shaped top braces behind the x-brace intersection. The question is: Do the L-6's have 3 or just 2 such braces?
Eric, thanks for the response about Harptone serial numbers. I am also trying to understand the model designations. I get it that the models were E is for Eagle, L is for Lark, P is for Pioneer, S is for Sultan, F is for Folk Master, Z is for Zodiac, and RS is for Ringo Starr. Also, that -6 or -12 is for 6 string and 12 string versions. But what about N, S, NC, BC, NS? This is where I get lost. I know the tops were all solid Sitka Spruce, and the back and sides were mahogany, rosewood, or curly maple, and that the finishes were natural, sunburst, or black. So is N for natural, S for sunburst, NC for natural curly maple, BC for black curly maple, and NS for...what??? Or am I way off on all this?