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VINTAGE 1970's HARMONY MARQUIS
I have owned this guitar for quite a few years and have
never been able to find out much about it. In fact I had
only found one other person that owned one until
A couple other Marquis owners came across pictures of
mine online and sent me some pics and info.
I bought mine at a yard sale for $100.00 and would not
trade it for a Gibson Les Paul. If you come across one for
sale I would recommend you buy it.
These first five pics are my Marquis.
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|Just wanted to let you know that I have 3 Harmony LPs. The body is
not mahogany. It is Alder. The model you have came in 3 versions,
wine red, black, and blond. Here is a picture.
I bought my first one at Service Merchandise, and paid $169 for it in
1974. Also, of my 2 wine red guitars, one has a rosewood fretboard
and the other is ebony.
This guitar has been sold and
now belongs to Gord.
|The Harmony Les Paul that you have is one of the best playing and
sounding Les Pauls ever made. They where sold in the late 70's
to very early 80's they are very, very rare in the mahogany color
and with the routing around the body.
Aldens catalog had them listed and they were also sold thru
Service Merchandise catalogs. They were probably the most
expensive guitars made by Harmony at the time, this is why they
were named Harmony Marquis, and were listed between $499 and
$599. This was a time when Gibson Les Pauls were selling for
under $900, and Fender American Stratocasters were around $500
and both included cases but the Harmony did not.
To tell the truth the quality of the Harmony is much better than a
Gibson Les Paul. In fact I have 2 Gibson Les Pauls and the fit of
the covers and binding is much better on the Harmony. The
Harmony Les Paul that you have, came with Dimarzio Humbucker
pickups that is why they don't have the chrome covers over them,
the Dimarzio's were expensive pickups and would have cost you
over $200 just for the pair by themselves.
The neck on the Harmony is a bit fatter than a normal Les Paul and
would be compare to a 50's style neck by today's standards. In fact
I remember having a hard time finding a case to fit it because it
didn't fit Les Paul copy cases so I had to buy one for a real Les Paul
for it to fit.
The only bad thing that I ever found on the guitar was that they
came out with cheap tuners on the head stock for some reason
and because of them it had a hard time staying in tune. After I put a
set of Schaller tuners on it would stay in tune for weeks it
This was one of the first guitars that Harmony made in Japan and
for the most part they really set out to build it with quality
components so it could compete with the American companies like
Fender and Gibson. This included the Dimarzio pickups and the
Tune-a-Matic adjustable bridge and even the mahogany body, but
because of this it was too expensive to make and they soon
discontinued it and made cheaper versions of it, like the sunburst
ones that you have seen with all the chrome.
Soon other companies came out with cheaper versions that were
junk but because they were made in Asia they were soon looked
down at and very few people even know about how good this
guitar really is.
I have had mine a little over 30 years and have only seen one other
in person and yours is the 2nd I have seen online. The 1st one I
saw the guy had taken out the pickups to put in his other guitar
before he listed it for sale. Says something about the rarity doesn't
it? This was my first guitar and over the years I have had well
over 40 guitars and I still own this one. Here is a picture of mine it
has held up pretty well over 30 years and I still play it. Bob
I have one of these. It looks just like a Les Paul. It is all original and
in near mint condition. Notice the neck is different than your guitar.
|OLD KAZOO MAKER COMMENT ON BILL'S MARQUIS
Bill's Marquis appears to be a very early Asian model. There
is a sticker on the pick guard that indicates American
Dimarzio Humbucker pickups are installed. The bridge also
appears to be a Tune-a-Matic. This would have only been on
the first few Asian models as most have cheaper humbuckers
and bridge. The traditional Les Paul shape also indicates an
early model as this was changed to a more rounded shape to
avoid a Gibson lawsuit on later Asian models.
Bill also reports that the neck of this instrument is true and
plays fantastic. Looks like he hight have picked up one of the
better Asian models that were made before they started
cutting manufacturing cost by using cheaper parts.
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If you have information on the Marquis
let me know that too!
Here are a few pics of my Harmony I acquired from a pawn shop in 1982. It plays
like a dream and I don't think I could ever part with it. I don't know it's exact age,
but from it's wear at the time I figured about mid to late 70's. If you have any info,
send me an e-mail, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Heres some pictures of the Harmony I purchased. It
DOES have a small sticker identifying it as an
H7000WA. I'm not sure if that is a serial number or model
number. The guy I bought it from stated this one was
actually manufactured in Kalamazoo, Mi. I have no idea
if this is really the case.
Anyway, thought you would enjoy the pics, so here ya
Here is a photo of one of mine
- Everyone who plays this
guitar is amazed at how nice it
plays and sounds - I have a
wine colored one around
|I just got this picture of
Gip's Marquis. What a
beautiful guitar. This is
the first one of this
style I have seen and to
hear he as another
Thanks Gip I am so
happy to add this one to
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