Hi, I found a secondhand Epiphone Olympic 1964 solid body electric guitar. I'm afraid it's beyond my skills or means to repair. I have one, my friend has one, and I've played a few more, none of them were good for heavy strumming. In 1975, due to flagging demand which they predicted , and increased competition from Asian sources which they in part created , Harmony closed it's doors and sold off everything, except the Harmony name. Glued-on necks must be removed with heat, usually steam. The H1213 your model was finished with a shaded-brown sunburst, the H1214 was ivory-colored with a flame effect, and the H1215 was a sunburst with a grained effect.
Find the date stamp on the inside of the guitar. The Archtone acoustics were some of the most popular guitars ever produced by Harmony. They nearly all have to be set up if it hasn't been done in the past. This was in about 1962, and it was my first guitar. Unfortunately that doesn't get you anything unless there are factory records and there are none that have surfaced as of yet. Look for the serial number in the neck pocket.
The dreadnought is a very standard acoustic shape, with the gently sloping curve in and out of the waist of the guitar. Tip A small number of Silvertone guitars have the necks glued to the body of the guitar. Serial numbers from 70' and 80's era Epiphone guitars made in Japan are not supported. Not sure this can be fixed just by messing with the adjustable bridge? I couldn't believe how much daylight there was under the bridge, so it looks like it was never fitted properly. I have not played it yet. The shop claimed its from the '60's but I can't seem to find any credible information online to back this up.
Makes me wonder if there was just a little misunderstanding on the half of the year and work shift part by the person collecting the facts. I'm pretty handy and would like to try resetting and stabilizing it myself. In general, the older the guitar is, the more it is worth. Due to this industrial level of production, it is unlikely that even its less common guitars could be called rare. It wasn't tuned up when I got it and I wasn't about to try. On the downside, almost all 1260's at this age, need neck resets, but this is a great guitar, I highly recommend it.
If not, you'll have to contact the manufacturer with the serial number to get the year of manufacture. There was glue from a previous poor repair over the letter s. It is stamped onto the wood inside and it reads 5732B410. These are not so desireable, prior to that the necks were dovetail just like a martin. The ad' said it was made at the Kalamazoo Factory at Gibson in Michigan.
If I have time I'll look for it. Yeah, I got confused too. The strings were so high off the fret board, that my fingers really did bleed, sometimes. Tons of blues players used them. I wish I still had the link to the site where I got it. When similar models were on the assembly line waiting to be routed, they looked identical and could receive an incorrect stamp.
Sales grew through to the late 1960s, when the growth of imported instruments forced Harmony into debt and eventually liquidation. I was assuming Mike was referring to my mandolin since he mentioned the serial of mine in his post. To your right you will see a list of brands that are currently supported. Everything seems to be original except the pick guard Dear Guest: You have the Make, Model Number, and Serial Number, all you really need now is the year of manufacture. More than likely, it was a consecutive production number of that particular model for either the first or second half of the year. If you have any interest in selling the one you've acquired, please keep me in mind. Flattop guitars consisted of Folk models that had ladder bracing and sometimes steel-reinforced necks, and Classic models that included the Sovereign, with its triangular-shaped pick guard.
Only people who were addicted to playing, and who persevered, could actually make music on these five and dime store guitars. You may need to shim the joint if it's loose. The finger rest is black plastic and the bridge is the standard rosewood. Looks like a simple 'classical', but has steel strings. Randall studied English, business and information studies at The Grange School.