Harmony Made Acoustic Fixed Bridge Parlors, not yet, "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".


The current selection of Fixed Bridge Harmony made Stella and Silvertone Parlor models I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.

I have sold many 1950s and 1960s Harmony made Stellas over the years, which come in various styles and brandings, both based on the classic Stella H929 Sunburst Faux-flame finish model continuously produced for a quarter of a century from 1945 to 1970, which has the floating bridge & tailpiece, and the fixed, string-through bridge type shown here. 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.

Opinions vary as to whether the fixed bridge gives a better sound, or whether the floating bridge is preferred, because it accommodates minor adjustments of bridge position, helpful in getting overall intonation as good as is practicable with an uncompensated vintage saddle/bridge. The choice is there, and either way, I aim to get them playing as well and accurately as possible, which often means re-setting and sometimes slightly re-positioning correctly the fixed bridges.

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, these 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.
Models currently "In the Workshop" - Some of the photos displayed are of the individual guitars, some are from my archive, of other examples sold in the past. Please contact me for Prices and further details.


HARMONY SILVERTONE H608/STELLA H931 USA 1959 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES ACOUSTIC GUITAR - earlier version of H604 Restored All Original Condition Ladder Braced Great Character Looks and BluesTone - VTG1389 - photo #1 NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.


HARMONY SILVERTONE H604/STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - 1960s more traditional faux-flame sunburst version of the fixed bridge H931 - All Original Restored All Original Condition Ladder Braced All Solid Woods Great BluesTone & Looks - again I have sold numbers and always popular - VTG1418 - similar to photo #2.


HARMONY STELLA H931 USA - CHOICE OF TWO VINTAGE 1964 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition, Looks, BluesTone - one with replaced bridge - VTG1502 - similar to photo #4 & SEE FULL DESCRIPTION ON PAGE 4.


HARMONY STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1967 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition, Looks, BluesTone, New Purpose-made Cocobolo Pin Bridge fitted together with Bone saddle I made as part of restoration - VTG1476 - Photo #4 - NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.

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 between 2.5mm. & 3.5mm. on Stellas...generally towards the lower figure on Tenors, 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, 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", 21.5" or 23" scale means lower string tension and easier fretting.

I fit Martin Bronze Light 12-54 gauge strings as standard, but there are varying stringing options for Tenors, according to tuning used and for Terz/raised tunigs on the 3/4, XL 10s or Silk & Steel strings are used.

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.


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.


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"


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!

**** YOUTUBE ****

There are various clips of fixed-bridge Harmony-made Stellas & the constructionally identical Silvertone branded models on YouTube, and I have embedded one entitled "Vintage Silvertone Harmony H604 Acoustic guitar" by Daniel Guareschi.

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.
Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Harmony Stella H931
Additional YouTube clip by keonling
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