This tribute to the 1960's Airline H77/78 - which at the time was also available under the brands of Harmony and Silvertone - covers all the best parts of the originals, but kicks it up a notch for 2014. True in almost every detail to the original, "upgraded" features include the new Gold Foil Argyle pickups, a modern roller bridge for tuning stability, a center block for Bigsby stability and feedback suppression.
Posted by Unknown on 21st May 2014
Looks: Amazing. The Honey Burst finish is definitely one of the slickest, nicest colours I've seen on a guitar.
Sound: Really bright chimey tones when clean. It's not as fat on the neck pickup compared to other guitar but still can get real jazzy with it. Crunches really nice with some drive, overall pretty damn good.
Playability: First thing I noticed is its abit heavy towards the tail of the guitar. Which is to be expected with 3 pickups, bigsby and centreblock. But its worth noting as some people may find it abit uncomfortable coming from lighter SG's and Strats. Other then that it is fine in terms of neck profile (thin), action height and hardware simplicity. Feels great playing slide as well. Bigsby and roller bridge is a great addition, no issues with tuning.
Negatives: Pickups are slightly wonky and sit not so sturdy, especially the middle. That's being really picky though, and I don't really care to much.
What I reckon: I would really recommend buying this guitar when looking at arch top/semi hollow body guitars. If you are a fan of the more older tunes of TBK as I am, you can punch out some killer tones with fuzz chucked in. This guitar really does take the Harmony H78 and give it a modern twist . While the full hollowbody and DeArmond pickups of the Harmony are what make it so good and better in some peoples mind. Who has tons of money to pay for vintage guitars. Ive tried Gretsch eletros and Epiphones (all around $1000 or under) but I settled on this guy and Im glad. Great guitar for a pretty great price.