VTG AVAILABLE RESTORATION SELECTION - PAGE 7 - BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS - HARMONY USA STELLA, SILVERTONE, AIRLINE & REGAL GUITARS 1940S TO 1960S.
Harmony Made Acoustic Parlor models from the Post-War years, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".
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PRICE RANGE: GENERALLY 420 TO 500 - INDIVIDUAL PRICES ON REQUEST.
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The current selection of Stella and similar Parlor models I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.
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I have sold many 1950s and 1960s Harmony made Stellas over the years, which come in various styles and brandings, all based on the classic Stella H929 Sunburst Faux-flame finish model continuously produced for a quarter of a century from 1945 to 1970. They have great looks, lots of vibe and historic all-American character - superb sounding Chicago made parlor blues guitars, set-up for finger-style or bottleneck playing.

I usually try to sell them in all-original condition - an iconic 12 fret-to-the-body parlor Blues Guitar - all solid Birch, ladder braced construction. Sometimes these guitars are mistakenly described as three-quarter size - there is in fact a 3/4 size version, an example of which I have available for restoration. The true 3/4, which I also sell, whenever I can get them, is much smaller, this being the full-size model with standard Stella dimensions of overall length - 36.25"/96cm., body width lower bout - 13.25"/33.5cm., upper bout - 9.5"/24.2cm., body length - 17.8"/45.2cm., body depth front - 3.25"/8.2cm., rear - 3.7"/9.3cm., with standard Stella/Harmony nut width of 1.75"/44.5mm. - just a tad wider than most modern acoustics - and a 24.25"/615mm. scale.

The Harmony ink date stamp usually indicates the production run date, but sometimes is not visible inside, which is not that unusual, as on occasion they were not that clear to start with, or have faded over time, but I can usually estimate the approx. year.

If you are an acoustic blues player and wonder why that top line guitar you bought doesn't sound authentic when you play blues like those of Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, or Blind Lemon Jefferson, I can tell you why it doesn't and never will! All of those guys and many others from the 30s through to the 60s played Birch bodied guitars, some of them with Spruce tops, some all Birch, but it is the Birch which gives that unmistakable sound. No guitar made today, American or otherwise can give you that sound, for Delta and Country Blues!

If you want a fully functioning, great sounding piece of American musical history, this is it - really exceptional addition to any collection of Blues/Vintage Guitars.
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Models currently "In the Workshop" - some of the photos displayed are of the indivual guitars, some are from my archive, of other examples sold in the past. Please contact me for Prices and further details.

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HARMONY STELLA H927 - CHOICE OF TWO 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - "Batwing" scratchplate late model blond/natural top version of H929 - VTG1393 & VTH1513 - similar to photo #2, but later style scratchplate design.

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HARMONY STELLA H927/AIRLINE H7055 - late 1960s model - similar to photo #2.

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HARMONY STELLA H928 USA 1940S ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ultra Rare Model Faux-Flame Ivory Finish Restored Condition Ladder Braced Great Character/Looks/BluesTone - "Wartime" 1940s model with wooden tailpiece, indicating an early example made shortly after the H928 was introduced in 1945 All Original except non-original tuners - VTG1458 - same model as photo #3, but that one has later metal tailpiece.

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HARMONY STELLA H928 USA VINTAGE 1958 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Work in progress to give Fully Restored Condition Ladder Braced Great Character/Looks/BluesTone - VTG1495 same model as photo #3.

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HARMONY STELLA H929 - at least three versions of the long-running model, made right through from 1945 to 1970...a very early "Wartime" model with wooden tailpiece & soft "V" profile neck (photo #7), a 1954, similar but with usual metal tailpiece, and two 1960s versions from 1964 & 1966 with scratchplates and more typical later rounded profile necks (similar to photo #1).

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HARMONY STELLA H930 - 1950s successor to the late 1930s Harmony H1030, using similar cosmetics with same distinctive painted "scratchplate" shape - VTG1453 - photo #4.

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HARMONY STELLA SUNDALE H902 - 1956 example of an iconic design used for the front illustration on the "Harmony, The People's Guitar" book by Ron Rothman - VTG1423 - Details & photo to be added.

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HARMONY STELLA SUNDALE H906 - 1959 dated, although Harmony Guitars Database indicates production years 1955-1957....another eye-catching design in the "Harmony Holiday Colorama" series - VTG1465 - Details & photo to be added.

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HARMONY AIRLINE H8286/H7026 - Two versions of the same model 1950s & 1960s examples....a relatively scarce Montgomery Ward Airline brand model, with characteristic looks - VTG1462 & VTG1480 - similar to photo #5.

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HARMONY REGAL R200 - 1967 model, again only restricted numbers of this model around, as it was only made for a year or so - VTG1482 - NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.

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HARMONY REGAL R200 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - branded version of Stella H929 - VTG1329.

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HARMONY SILVERTONE H605 USA VINTAGE 1958 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Scarce version of Stella H929 - VTG1533.

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Condition
All these guitars will be restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Stellas and branded versions of the Stella design produced by Harmony throughout their long ownership of the Stella name from around 1940, up to the termination of USA production in Chicago in 1975, which I have restored and sold over the years.

The concentration is on structural soundness and playability, rather than any cosmetic touching-up, and certainly no ill-advised refinishing, but of course the guitars are sympathetically cleaned, setup and re-strung, as part restoration.

For individual details on the various guitars, and the restoration work being done on them, please do contact me by email or telephone.
Action, strings & cases
I set out to achieve a 12th. fret action of 3mm./3.5mm. on Stellas...sometimes it is a little lower, but if that sounds high to you, please bear in mind that we are in a totally different world of guitar-playing here, to which we cannot apply the "all my guitars have an action of less than 2mm." approach. These are blues guitars...as mentioned above they are the 4/4 full size version, not 3/4s, and as such it is expected that players will use a bottleneck slide, in which case a low/electric type action just does not work...added to which the shorter 24.25" scale means lower string tension and easier fretting.

I fit Martin Bronze Light 12-54 gauge strings as standard.

The guitars do not usually come with cases, although I do have some of the original covered pressed-board cases originally supplied with these guitars....those who remember these will recall that they are not exactly what we would now call a fitted case! Alternatively, on occasion I can get a small classical size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protected, but these do have to be specially fitted out. Additional case prices available on request.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses 15.00 or 25 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses 30.00 to 60.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.

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**** INTERNATIONAL SALES ****
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In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.

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**** FEEDBACK AND TESTIMONIALS ****
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Bluesman's Vintage Harmony & Stella Guitar Collection.

I have a copy of the February 2011 Issue of "Guitar & Bass" Magazine, which includes an article entitled "Harmony Central"*, in which Ian Siegal discusses his adored collection of Vintage '60s Harmony and Stella Guitars!

In addition to the Testimonials on The Home Page, and this page, to see the hundreds of complimentary feedback comments kindly left for me by eBay buyers, please check out my eBay ID "vintagetraditionalguitars", and eBay Shop "Vintage and Traditional Guitars".

Also, I sold a similar Stella H927 and a fixed bridge type Silvertone H604 about 18 months ago to Rick Astley, who has been in touch recently, with the following testimonial quote:-

"Bob is very knowledgeable and is a pleasure to deal with.
I bought a 1963 Stella and a 1966 Silvertone from Bob a while back and love them both.

Rick Astley"

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**** OTHER GUITARS
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I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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There are many clips of Harmony-made Stellas and the structurally identical branded versions, such as Silvertone, Regal & Airline, and I have embedded a Youtube clip, by "wsbluesbox" of a 1964 Stella H929, to demonstrate the tailpiece/floating bridge models.

I have also included as the "Useful Link" #1 another YouTube clip, this time a fixed bridge model, the Silvertone H604 by "62dan57".

Useful Link #2 is again the H604, by "keonling", showing what you can get with a soundhole pickup in one of these - I'm certainly not suggesting that you go drilling holes in it, but I like the sound and playing, so wanted to share it with you.
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Additional YouTube clip by Daniel Guareschi
Additional YouTube clip by keonling
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