Here's an example of an important mandolin model in the history of popular
music. Blues legends Yank Rachell and (to a lesser extent) Carl Martin,
as well as Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, used the Harmony H835 as a stage
mandolin during their careers. You still see them today in the hands of
The looks of the H835 have, in my humble opinion, never
been beaten. The block inlays, modified F-holes, exaggerated bass point,
even the lovely gold foil pickup cover, all add up to a classic package.
The original DeArmond pickup is loud enough to rattle the windows. Its tone
is perhaps best described as "raw" ... listen to Rachell's Chicago Style
album if you want to know what I mean. But for certain styles of music
there's nothing better or more authentic.
The H835 may appear to be an acoustic/electric, but it isn't
really: if you took off the top you'd see that everything north of the pickup
is a solid block of wood, which tends to dampen the acoustic sound, but
improves sustain and helps control feedback from the pickup. Best to think
of the H835 as "semi-hollow." Tone and volume knobs, adjustable bridge, bolt-on
This one has been played a lot, as indicated
by wear along the neck. The pickguard has heavy pickwear and an extra hole
drilled in the end of it where someone once installed a cork support block. My
luthier has glued up a crack in the back, touched up the finish, and performed a
setup job and partial refret so that it plays well, with comfortable low action.
It has the
earlier script Harmony headstock logo in white, and a truss rod. It's stamped "F71 MADE
IN USA" inside, indicating that it was made in the first half of 1971.
It has its original hardware, including knobs, tailpiece, and tuners, as well as an
original chipboard case.
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