Vintage Harmony Sovereign Jumbo Guitar
Up for sale I have an interesting example of the legendary Harmony-made Sov jumbo. It’s the Stairway to Heaven guitar and all that, well known and loved for its deep booming voice and clear balanced tone. I’ve played Gibsons and Martins and Taylors and a Sov jumbo will hold its own with any of them. Not match them, but it can surely hold its own. These are very nice sounding guitars!
When I bought this one it had no tuners, no trussrod cover, and the headstock had been sanded down to the bare mahogany. Looking inside I could find no model stamp (usually visible right near the neck block) and no date stamp (usually visible in the interior back of the guitar). Having worked on and played over a dozen Sov jumbos, I recognized it immediately, but must say for the record I cannot prove this is a Sov jumbo. It is, but I can’t prove it because of the lost headstock branding and the lack of a model stamp inside. But make no mistake, it has that unmistakable booming Sov jumbo voice!
So since this guitar was already modified, I took the liberty of doing some further modification. I put on a rosewood headstock faceplate, and inset a mother of pearl star. I wanted to make this a sort of one-of-a-kind Sov. I also put Grover 18:1 statite tuners on it (my favorite tuners) and made a new bone nut and saddle for it. I also added a new bone endpin. Then a simple neck reset and she was (and is) good to go. She plays well and easily and sounds…well, like a great Harmony Sov jumbo sounds.
This guitar has a solid spruce top, a solid one-piece mahogany back, and solid mahogany sides. The neck is mahogany as well, and the bridge and fretboard are Brazilian rosewood. Here are the vital statistics: Overall length is 41 ½ inches, depth at the endpin is 4 3/8 inches. Width at the upper bout is 12 inches, and at the lower it is 16 inches. Width at the nut is 1 ¾ inches, action at the 12th fret on the high E is 3/32 inches and at the low E is 1/8 inches. The scale is 25.25 inches.
This guitar has a lot of minor nicks and dings, including a cluster of scratches on the back near the lower bout (see pix). At some point someone also put a screw through the heel – the hole is visible on the neck block (see pix) and has been filled in on the exterior heel (see pix). I can’t speak to what was done here, when or why, but I can tell you when I reset the neck I found the screw gone and the dovetail in fine shape. This guitar has no cracks, no loose braces, no major structural issues. She’s well-worn but in great overall shape. This is not a collector’s guitar – obviously – but is a great opportunity for someone to get a one-of-a-kind Sov jumbo, and get to experience that great Sov jumbo sound.
This sale will be as is with no refunds offered. I have given as complete a description as I can and included many high-resolution photos. If you still have questions please ask before you offer. This Sov Jumbo will ship insured in a Uline guitar box. No case, but I will pack well – I’ve shipped dozens of guitars without an incident yet. I am willing to ship outside the USA if you are willing to wait for an invoice for the actual cost of shipping. Thanks for visiting my sale and Good Luck offerding.