Harmony Guitars has just announced a new Standard Series Juno model just in time for Winter NAMM. This guitar is based on the Harmony H44 Stratotone, reissued here with old specs and new production technology.
The Harmony Juno
It almost looks a little cute, but make no mistake: the new Harmony Guitars Juno is a full-blown guitar. Built in the USA, this guitar has one feature that’s slightly smaller than usual, namely the mahogany body. That makes it lighter and easier to transport.
Although it looks small, the scale length is 25”, so it should play like a regular guitar. The mahogany neck has a C-profile, which should be pleasant for most guitarists and feel comfortable for most playing styles. It has an ebony fretboard loaded with 22 medium jumbo frets, so playing should be smooth and support vibrato and bends.
Gold Foil P90
The pickup selection is also interesting: two gold-foil P90s with a humbucker look. They are controlled by a 3-way switch and a single volume potentiometer that can call up another voicing via a push-pull switch on the master volume control.
The hardware includes a half-bridge with compensated saddles and a ‘cupcake’ control knob on the single master volume control, plus a three-way switch for pickup selection. It comes in Rose, Pearl White and Champagne nitrocellulose finishes.
The only worry in the back of my mind is: Will the smaller body produce a tendency to be neck-heavy? I was quite impressed by the audio in the official demo video. You can follow my link below to read up on the full specification for the new Harmony Guitars Juno.
RRP: USD 1199 inc MONO Stealth case