Harmony Gene Autry Melody Ranch (1945) Not for Sale

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This Harmony-made spruce-topped guitar sounds a bit more refined than the usual cheap cowboy guitar of its era, which more typically sported a birch top. With the stenciled image of a lariat-wielding horseback cowboy rounding up cattle, the guitar is evocative of a time when crooning heroes occupied the silver screen and the airwaves, and composers in New York City (who had likely never been out West, let alone on a horse) composed enduring favorites like “Back in the Saddle” and “Don’t Fence Me In.” The Melody Ranch model was introduced in 1941 and was available through Sears Roebuck & Co., until 1955, when the model was discontinued at the twilight of the singing cowboy era. Not for Sale.

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This Harmony-made spruce-topped guitar sounds a bit more refined than the usual cheap cowboy guitar of its era, which more typically sported a birch top. With the stenciled image of a lariat-wielding horseback cowboy rounding up cattle, the guitar is evocative of a time when crooning heroes occupied the silver screen and the airwaves, and composers in New York City (who had likely never been out West, let alone on a horse) composed enduring favorites like “Back in the Saddle” and “Don’t Fence Me In.” The Melody Ranch model was introduced in 1941 and was available through Sears Roebuck & Co., until 1955, when the model was discontinued at the twilight of the singing cowboy era. Not for Sale.