From 1967 - Harmony-by-Heathkit Guitar Kits Ad!

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  1. Tremoluxer

    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Harmony guitar kits! How cool is that? In 1967, not so cool. Everyone wanted a Fender or Gibson. Harmonys were dirt-cheap used guitars. Kays, too. In 1969 I bought a baby blue Kay bass for $20. It's construction was similar to a Danelectro and even had pickups that kind of looked like lipstick tubes.

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  2. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I love ephemera like this.

    However even as kits they seem pretty expensive for the time and surely those quoted weights are wrong - 17lbs??
     
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    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    My first amp was a Heathkit; my Dad helped me build it. I was ten.
    It looked like this:
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    Tremoluxer Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Shipping weights most likely.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    These weights are the total shipping weight which included case, box, packing, etc.not just the item by itself. 17lbs is exactly what that guitar weighs boxed up to ship. 52lbs for that amp is shipping weight as well.
     
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    JDug Strat-O-Master Gold Supporting Member

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    Now a Kay upright bass is another story!
    In 1999, I almost got a 1948 3/4 size plywood Kay, just missed out on it! They’re sought after.

    Their electrics, ehhh. I remember a friend of mine had a red Kay, looked like a thin ES-175 ish copy, it was pretty bad
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I just love the look of this thing! :thumb:
     
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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Aah right, thanks Scott.

    I wonder why they would quote that weight in the first place?
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    There was probably a chart in the middle of the book (along with an order form to be mailed in) that showed their shipping tiers... just look up the weight range your order fits in and it would show how much shipping would be.
     
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    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    It all becomes clear now, thanks.