Premier Guitar meets up with Dan Johnson - guitar tech to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and pulls out the Harmony H78 at 13:29, "This is probably the one that people are going to be most familiar with. It's a Hamony H78. And he's been playing this for several years. Boy, maybe five years or something. This is what he still uses in the middle of the set when they do a few songs as just a two-piece again. Even though they have a bass player and keyboard player that are playing with them now, they walk off for four songs or more. And he plays this guitar because it has a very distinctive sound because it's totally hollow and has these kickin' pickups in it. I've seen a lot of guitars that have this model of them in it but this one in particular sounds amazing. I don't know what model they actually are but they are usually referred to as Gold Foils because they came in so many different guitars. But this guitar has three switches, one for each and volume and tone for each. We've never really used anything but the bridge pickup. He's always collected guitars so he's had quite a lot of them over the years, but this one he's had in his operation for some time. He bought it from one of my helpers at the guitar shop in Akron. I had a guy helping me working on this thing and it needed a little bit of work. He wasn't working on it at the time because we had other things to work on. Then Dan came in one day and saw it and said 'Woo, how much for that one?' So he didn't buy it that day, but we got it ready for the next time he came by - and he sure did. So he's been playing that for quite a while." You can see and listen to Dan Auerbach playing the Harmony H78 during [this](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMvWo6KxKeQ&feature=youtu.be) live performance for SiriusXM. An interesting [interview with Dan Johnson](http://theblackkeysfanlounge.com/2010/09/interview-dan-johnson-the-black-keys-stage-manager-guitar-tech-drum-tech-keyboard-tech-custom-guitar-builder-repairer-and-more/) - Dan Auerbach's guitar tech.more
I am luck enough to own an all original, mint condition H-75 from 1964, which essentially is identical to the H-78, however does not come with a bigsby, and I must say it is absolutely fantastic. Not only is it extremely versatile with it's 3 DeArmond Gold Foil Pickups, it comes with a volume and tone for each pickup as well as three on/off switches for each; allowing you to discover a whole variety of tones as well as providing it with that quirky 60's guitar look which I simply adore, and being a completely hollow guitar, it just roars! The neck is superb with easy access to all 20 frets, considering it's a catalog guitar too, it is made exceptionally well. I honestly do not understand why these instruments do not sell for more considering their rarity, collectability and playability. I am not parting with mine any time soon! I could not recommend a better vintage guitar to add to your collection.