If you are looking for great
vintage bass that has a great vintage sound but you do not
want to spend a whole lot of money, then you need to take
a closer look at Harmony bass guitars. They were one of the
first guitar manufacturers in the United States. Harmony was
started in 1892 and was bought a few years later by Sears.
Yes the same Sears that has department stores all over the
United States. In the early 1920s they were the largest producers
of guitars in the world.
The great thing about Harmony basses today, is the fact that
they will not cost all that much. They are great entry point
for anyone that might be interested in collecting vintage
bass guitars. You will still get a classic vintage look and
a classic vintage sound that just cannot be found in today's
electric bass guitars. You will also find that there are plenty
to choose from.
Just like any other vintage item, just because it has the
word vintage in the name does not mean that it is an excellent
condition. You should look very closely at any vintage electric
bass guitar before you give over your hard earned cash. Here
are a few things that you should look at.
- Make sure there are no cracks anywhere in the body. If
it has a bolt on neck make sure you inspect the area where
the neck bolts onto the body. This is the first place that
will usually show signs of stress.
- Make sure that the neck is not warped. I have found the
best way to do this is to look down the head stock towards
of the bridge of the bass. If the neck has any warp at all
you should be able to spot it pretty easily this way.
After you get your first vintage Harmony bass guitar, you
will most likely want to buy another because they really just
do not make them like that anymore.