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Once we have identified the model we may be able to determine when it was made.

All Harmony models that I have listings for begin with the letter "H" and are followed by 2, 3, or 4 additional numbers.

Hide gluedoesn't loosen under heat, but heat and moisture.

I think that you should DEFINITELY get the bridge reglued, and considera new bridge patch as well.

Maybe the glue ( hide glue) came loose while the guitarwas stored in too hot temperature conditions. Using light gauge and tuning in DADGAD ( lower tension) combined withhumifier in the soundhole, the belly at the bride started to sink. I think that you should DEFINITELY get the bridge reglued, and considera new bridge patch as well.

Would I risk to take the bolts off ( after removing the strings), andrestringing carefully after checking the bridge fixation? Cripes, it might be worth it to do what Mike Dotson on MIMForum did a while ago - he took an old Harmony 1203,took the top off, thicknessed it, and rebuilt it with X-bracing. I've done that to a 1260 and it was verygood afterwards...I have seen many Harmony guitars with bolts (as well as glue) holdingthe bridge down, and am certain that the factory did this on someexamples.

So ifnecessary, I would have the bridge removed and glued again; frompictures on the net I understand that originally the bridge of the1203's was glued, not bolted.

Kind regards, Stef Post by Matt Hayden If the neck is getting loose, reset it (or have it reset by a propertechnician).

What do you mean by "more vibration-friendly" bridge mounting?

If you do take the bridge off the top, be certain to patch theold bolt-holes prior to re-gluing the bridge - it will add strength tothe Hi Matt,thank you for your information, I will take that along to the luthier. I don't recall seeing any on anyof the Sovereign 1260s (the jumbo-dreads) I've worked on.

I keep wondering why the bridge has ever been bolted on the top; fromthe messy finish around the bridge I would think that somewhereearlier the bridge has slided and come off due to too much tension (too heavy gauge)yet the wood does not show traces of woodnerve gettingripped out. Hide gluedoesn't loosen under heat, but heat and moisture.

If you do take the bridge off the top, be certain to patch theold bolt-holes prior to re-gluing the bridge - it will add strength tothe Post by Stef Hi Matt, The neck sits firm allright, I will have a luthier have a look at itto see if a neck reset is in order.

By vibration - friendly I meant: now the bridge is bolted through Post by Steftop, through the bridge counterplate inside the body.

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