1962 Harmony 1420 H45 - Alden H-45 Stratotone - Black
It's hard to not love these little Harmony-built Stratotones. We see most of these with Harmony or Silvertone headstock script, and sometimes we get a Alden, which were originally sold through Spiegel department stores and mail-order catalogs. The guitar specs are the same, only the headstock name changed.
This 1962 has a lot of good going for it. Both "Hershey bar" pickups date to 1962 and both are strong working as they should. The rest of the electronics are unmodified and untouched. The pots, switch and jack have been cleaned and function without noise or static. The switch tip has been replaced with a new period-correct replacement...it is not on the guitar in all of the photos, but is installed currently and will come with the guitar. The original "cupcake" knobs are intact and not cracked. The hardware is original and all functions as it should. The high E tuner is slightly bent. It functions and rotates as it should, but is a little bit bent. We've had mixed results trying to bend them back, so since it is still functional, we left it alone. A newer synthetic bone nut is installed. A straight neck and low action on this one! The neck photos show a long scratch, but this is not a crack and looks worse in the photos than it actually is. You may not even notice it in person, but we wanted to be clear.