I just bought a 60's Silvertone classical guitar. It was made by Harmony and it is a nice instrument: solid mahogony back and sides, spruce top, mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood headplate and bridge. Fretboard wood is a dark hardwood I can't identify.

The action is high and it needs a neck re-set. It isn't built like a typical classical guitar with a fixed neck block. I'm pretty sure it has a dovetail. The top is fan braced. 

My question is has anyone done a neck job on one of these Harmony built nylon string guitars? I don't think the dovetail pocket is under a fret. I believe I will have to drill between the 12th and 13th fret.

Any information would be appreciated.

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I haven't done a nylon string, but I have one. I have done a slot head string string that is almost identical. I did the standard drill one fret slot past the body joint at a slight angle. You will feel the bit hit the empty space. See attached photo. Tom

Thanks Tom,

I've re-set a few steel string Harmony necks, but this guitar has a shorter scale and the 13th fret is a bit too far towards the sound hole. The other Harmony dovetails are about 1/2 deep and when I measure from where the neck meets the body, 1/2 inches puts me between frets.

I'll let you know what I find. I'll post pics.


Drilled at the 13th fret at a pretty good angle as you can see by the pictures and found the pocket. Neck came off easily. 


Good job, Rich. If you don't mind could you also post these in the "Neck reset Gallery" thread. Frank has it locked at the top of the forum.


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