VTG AVAILABLE RESTORATION SELECTION - PAGE 7 - BLUES, JAZZ & SWING VINTAGE ARCHTOPS - HARMONY USA MADE ALL SOLID WOODS GUITARS FROM 1950S & 1960S.
Vintage Acoustic & Electric Archtop models, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".
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PRICE RANGE: GENERALLY 500 TO 1,000 - INDIVIDUAL PRICES ON REQUEST.
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The current selection of 1950s & 1960s Harmony Archtop models I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.
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I have sold many Harmony made Archtops from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s over the years, and have a further good number of examples in the workshop for restoration They come in various finishing and timber combinations, and brandings, including S.S.Stewart and Silvertone, for Sears, mainly either All Solid Birch construction, or Solid Spruce top & Mahogany. Earlier models often have 16.5" bodies, but later ones are nominally 15.5", and scale length 25.5" with standard Harmony nut width of 1.75"/44.5mm.

These are classic Chicago, USA built Harmony Archtop Acoustic, or sometimes Electric Guitars. The original inside ink date stamp usually gives the dating of the guitar in the form of S-** or F-**, indicating that guitar was made in one of the production runs of that year indicated by the two figure digits. Some of the model ranges, names like Monterey, Master, Patrician, Archtone & Hollywood were amongst Harmony's longest running model ranges, in the years from the before WW11 up to the finish of USA production in Chicago in 1975.
Description
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Models currently "In the Workshop" - Some of the photos displayed are the individual guitars, prior to preparation and 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 H39 HOLLYWOOD VINTAGE 1953 ALL SOLID BIRCH ARCHTOP BLUES/JAZZ ELECTRIC GUITAR - Major Restoration to be completed included Neck Reset, Fingerboard and Fret work, and Electrics checked over/rewired - VTG1260 - similar model type to Photo #1, but earlier version with "Hershey Bar" pickup and surface mounted single volume pot, fitted between 1952 & 1958, rather than the Dearmond pickup & built-in two controls on the later version - see Harmony Guitars Database page link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H39/120.htm

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HARMONY H945 MASTER USA VINTAGE 1966 ACOUSTIC BLUES & JAZZ ARCHTOP GUITAR - All Solid Birch Professional Restoration to be completed Great Sound & Play - See full "VTG Restoration Listing page - VTG1150 - same model type as Photo #2.

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HARMONY H945 MASTER USA VINTAGE 1955 - VTG1277 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H945/251.htm

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HARMONY H950 MONTEREY USA VINTAGE 1963 ACOUSTIC BLUES & JAZZ ARCHTOP GUITAR - All Solid Birch Professional Restoration to be completed Great Sound & Play - See full "VTG Restoration Listing page - VTG1289 - same model type as Photo #3 - NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.

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HARMONY H950 MONTEREY USA VINTAGE 1960s ACOUSTIC BLUES & JAZZ ARCHTOP GUITAR - All Solid Birch Professional Restoration to be completed Great Sound & Play - VTG1402 - same model type as Photo #3.

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HARMONY H954 BROADWAY USA VINTAGE 1965 - VTG1142 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H954/258.htm

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HARMONY H1304 CREMONA IV - VTG1275 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1304/55.htm

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HARMONY H1306 CREMONA VI - VTG1471 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1306/56.htm

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HARMONY H1307 CREMONA VII - VTG1226 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1307/57.htm

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HARMONY H1320 MONTEREY c.1939 Top-of-the-line model - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1320/61.htm

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HARMONY H1407 PATRICIAN USA VINTAGE 1966 ACOUSTIC BLUES & JAZZ ARCHTOP GUITAR - All Solid Spruce & Mahogany Great Professionally Restored Condition, Sound & Play - "In the Workshop" for restoration - See full "VTG Restoration Listing page VTG1443 - same model as Photo #4 - NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.

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S S STEWART 9016 ORIPHONIC ARCHTOP ELECTRIC - VTG1350 - Details & Photo to be added - meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/search.php - search 9016.

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Condition
All these guitars will be restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Vintage Guitars 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 Vintage Harmony Archtop guitars...sometimes it is a little lower, particularly on the pickup equipped electric models, 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 archtop guitars, and higher stringing is needed to drive the arched top for volume and tone, in which case a low/electric type action just does not work.

I fit Martin Bronze Light 12-54 gauge strings as standard, but other options for such as Jazz Flatwound strings may be available, or of course Electric strings where appropriate.

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 protection, 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 this and the testimonials on the Home 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".

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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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You can find various YouTube clips of demonstrations of Harmony Archtops from this period, including a number of the 1960s Redburst H950 Monterey and H945 Master models, from which I have embedded here a clip of another H945 by "bernunziouptownmusic".

I have also added in "Useful links" an additional Youtube clip entitled "1961 Harmony Hollywood H39" by daveb2575.
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Additional Youtube clip - 1961 Harmony Hollywood H39 - daveb2575
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