In 1976, Bicentennial fever swept across the nation as folks far and wide found ways to celebrate and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the American Revolution. Manufactured by Harmony, the Regal Bicentennial T-376 "Spirit of '76" is a 000-size guitar that seized on that patriotic fervor.
With its prominent Red, White, and Blue stripes, the Regal Bicentennial certainly captured the patriotic excitement of the Bicentennial milestone. The patriotic theme also includes star accents on the back and rosette ring of stars, reminiscent of the ring of stars on the early American flag. With a top that was ladder-braced and a comfortable mid-size body, the T-376 is also a great blues guitar in its own right (fitting for a guitar celebrating American history). Each guitar was individually numbered, and the series was limited to 1776 total guitars. In the soundhole, a label bearing the image of the Liberty Bell shows each guitar's unique serial number.
This 1976 Regal Bicentennial T-376 is #742 in the series. It is in remarkably clean cosmetic condition with no history of repairs or issues. The original "Spirit of '76" decal on the pickguard has worn off with time (or perhaps it was intentionally scratched off?), but at some point, a past owner affixed an American Flag sticker to the pickguard. Its frets are in great shape with plenty of life left, and its present setup is extremely playable. It has a pleasing warm sound to be expected from any good vintage Harmony, but the Bicentennial motif make it more of a presentation piece.
As an everyday vintage player to keep in the living room, this guitar has no shortage of unique appeal and mojo, but it's also a highly-collectible piece of Bicentennial ephemera. Original chipboard case included.