Acoustic Parlor models by Harmony & other Chicago makers, from the Depression & Wartime eras, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".


The current selection of 1920s to 1940s Harmony & other Chicago Made Parlor models I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.

Many of the features of these earlier guitars can be identified still in the 1950s and 1960s Harmony made Stellas, and other branded models I have sold so many off, including the Silvertones, Regals and Airlines, but a Depression or Wartime era Parlor has a character all of it's own.

Properly restored these are not only great looking guitars, but play with a highly individual sound and character which it is impossible to find in any other type of guitar.
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.


HARMONY H1009 - 1936 ALL SOLID BIRCH CHICAGO, USA PARLOR 12-FRET - dating from internal date stamp, although Harmony Guitars Database indicates production 1940 - link:- http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1009TL/391.htm - VTG1505. - Photo/description to be added.


HARMONY H1030 - 1938 ALL SOLID BIRCH MODEL - ANOTHER RARITY - A Fixed Bridge Version - Harmony Guitars Database records a floating bridge H1030 with "Idento" tailpiece in 1935, but this later dated model with the Faux Pickguard is clearly the forerunner of the Post-War Stella - VTG1340 - Photo #2.


HARMONY H1074 "HAWAIIAN MOON" - ALL SOLID BIRCH 1936 STENCIL DECO MODEL - Hawaiian Design Black with Green and Silver - VTG1466. - Photo #1 & Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1074/11.htm.


HARMONY H1118/SUPERTONE 209 - LA HABANERA - 1930s MODEL STENCIL DECO - "La Habanera" dance from "Carmen" pictured on top - VTG1370. - Photo #9 & Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1118/477.htm. - Now see "VTG CURRENT RESTORATION" page for this guitar, which has been reserved & is currently being restored on "Pre-Order".




HARMONY/SUPERTONE F-HOLE PARLOR SIZE ALL SOLID BIRCH FLATTOP - 1936 MODEL - May have model number for Supertone S228 inside, but similar to Supertone S240 & another unidentified model simply described as "F-holes Flat Top" from the same year, shown in Harmony Guitars Database "My Harmony Guitars" page - VTG1270. - Photo #7 & Harmony Guitars Database "My Harmony Guitars" link - http://harmony.demont.net/myguitars.php. - Now see "VTG CURRENT RESTORATION" page for this guitar, which has been reserved & is currently being restored on "Pre-Order".


LYON & HEALY PARLOR - 1920s model - VTG1052 - Description & Photo to be added - also very similar Terz size guitar in stock.


OAHU STYLE NO. 51K REGAL MADE VINTAGE c.1939 DECOR BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Restoration Completed & CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - For Full Details See Individual "VTG Live" Listing Page now available - VTG1349 - Photo #8 NOW COMPLETED & SOLD.


OAHU VINTAGE 1930s SQUARE NECK ACOUSTIC - VTG1358 - photo & further details to be added.


P'MICO COLLEGIATE VINTAGE - 1930s model - description to be added - VTG1330 - Photo #5.


STELLA H917 - ALL SOLID BIRCH 1945 MODEL - Wartime Wooden Tailpiece Slotted Headstock Shaded Sunburst Finish - Photo #6 & Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H917/235.htm. - Now see "VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 2 - RESTORATION" for full details on this guitar.


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 - photo #4 & Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H928/238.htm. - Also see "VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 2 - RESTORATION" for full details on another 1958 version of this model guitar.


STELLA H929 - ALL SOLID BIRCH 1945 MODEL - Wartime Wooden Tailpiece Vertical Faux-Flame Sunburst Finish - Same model as Library Photo #10 & Harmony Guitars Database link - VTG1445 - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H929/239.htm. - Also see "VTG AVAILABLE - PAGE 2 - RESTORATION" for full details on another c.1954 version of this model guitar.

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 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.


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 many YouTube clips of similar Parlor Guitars from this era, including the one I have embedded here.....entitled "1930's Supertone Hawaiian Stencil Parlor Guitar. Restored." by James Ralston, the well-known American Pro-Guitarist & Guitar Restorer.

Despite what I said above, "Useful Link" #1 is a rare opportunity to show one of the actual guitars I sold previously...entitled "Lyon & Healy Lakeside 1920's Parlor Guitar Test" by "Tim Pan Alley", recorded very shortly after the sale to the buyer in Belgium.

The second Link is back to another of James Ralston's superb clips....this time "1920's/30's Regal Parlor Guitar. Restored."
Useful links
YouTube Clip - Lyon & Healy Lakeside 1920's Parlor Guitar Test - Tim Pan Alley
YouTube clip - 1920's/30's Regal Parlor Guitar. Restored by James Ralston
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