ORIGINALLY PRODUCED: 1961 - 1969
TYPE: Thinline semi-hollow, single cutaway, twin f-holes, Passive 4-string
BODY: Laminated maple top, back & sides, celluloid body binding
NECK: Maple, bolt-on, 20 medium frets, painted neck
SCALE LENGTH: 762mm (30-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Ebonised maple, dot inlays
HARDWARE: Guitar sized Waverly tuners with plastic buttons and ganged in pairs, adjustable rosewood acoustic styled single saddle bridge, covered tailpiece
PICKUPS: DeArmond GoldenTone
CONTROLS: Volume, Tone & Bass Enhancer (Bass/Baritone)
FEATURES: Stealth Fighter Jet single ply white scratchplate with wooden finger rest, 3 bolts to fix neck to body, truss rod adjusted at headstock
FINISHES: Sunburst Walnut
COMMENTS: This budget priced bass proved very popular from the outset as it offered a pocket friendly alternative to the mighty Gibson EB2 and the Epiphone Rivoli basses, and it sounded good too!
Light in weight, it was big on sound thanks to the DeArmond pickup and the Bass/Baritone selector switch that gave it just a little more edge if you wanted. The tailpiece was set at the edge of the body so long scale strings could be used successfully. This was important at the time as short scale strings were not that easy to find.
Championed in the UK by Muff Winwood with the Spencer Davis Group and Ronnie Lane of the Small Faces it has rightfully become an icon of the sixties. In 1969 it evolved into the H-22/1 with a twin cutaway body. The Harmony Company was finally wound up in 1975 but recently a reissue has emerged that is actually somewhat better constructed - and it’s still relatively cheap.