About the Harmony Roy Smeck Vita 1929
The “Vita” name comes from Roy Smeck’s performance in a Vitaphone film in 1927. The movie became a huge hit and Harmony made an endorsement deal with “The Wizard of the Strings” Roy Smeck.
For the Vita-line Harmony made ukuleles, mandolins, tenor-guitars and “plectrum” guitars. The Vita-line was Harmony’s more high-end line. They were all built extremely light with a thin spruce top and fancy flamed mahogany back and sides.
With its pear shaped body, seal-shaped sound holes and (patent) Lindbergh-inspired “aero-bridge” it certainly is one of the coolest Harmony guitars that ever left Chicago.
This example has been professionally restored. The original dyed pearwood fretboard has been completely renewed with an ebony fretboard. The bridge plate has also been reinforced and the guitar has had a neck reset. This guitar plays like a dream and is set-up with silk and steel strings, nice low action. The Luthier truly did a tremendous job restoring this instrument without losing the old soul. For sure one of the best jobs we’ve ever seen.
The original tuners has been changed for Golden Age tuners. One of the better “old style” tuners on the market.
Comes with the original (pear shaped) Geib case with purple interior and case candy. In the case you will find a vintage capo and braided rope strap, all from the same era.
Roy Smeck Vita