Agile Harm 3
There are various versions in the Harm line, but this is the most deluxe with its three mini humbuckers and a 5-way Strat-like switching system. The body shape has a little resemblance to the Rick 325, but this guitar is full-sized and sports many fine appointments like an ebony neck, 22 jumbo frets, grovers, top binding, and a crescent f-hole on this semi-hollowbody offering.
The real Rickenbacker vibe becomes clear when you flip the guitar over and notice how the set neck joins the body. Pure Rick! This could be a Rick prototype or a long forgotten model from days past, but no this is a NEW guitar and a fine one.
Unlike Ricks which are great for jangle pop, this guitar can do that in spades but can also roar as a rock machine or play nice swampy blues or lay some splanky funk grooves down. The mini-humbuckers are quite powerful and coupled with the Harm 3’s mahogany body are slightly darker than you would expect. The 5-way switch offers a nice array of tones and even some out-of-phase Strat tones can be easily obtained. The pickups are hot, but not too hot and perform quite well on clean settings.
There is lots of definition and twang even with just the neck pickup activated. The test amps were a Carr El Moto and a Fender Deluxe Reverb and both produced some nice tones from the Harm 3. Out of the box the Harm was well set up and ready to go, but the fret edges needed a little love as they were hanging out a bit and causing a bit of discomfort on the otherwise fast neck. Out come the fret files and in a few minutes, perfection.
We would like to see more color options for the Harm 3 such as with the other guitars in the Harm line (sunburst, red, white, blueburst). So far, the Harm 3 only comes in black and Lake Placid Blue is offered for the 12 string model. With a Harm strapped on at your next gig you are sure to turn some heads with its unique styling and rest assured it will fill your sonic requirements. All this for $359
Reviewed by Mike Nicholson, lead guitarist of stratocruiser, the KinKsmen, former guitarist of Bullwinkel Gandhi and legendary punk band the Village Pistols. Mike is a 30 year veteran professional guitarist and owner of too many guitars to count…