Vintage Acoustic Harmony, Chicago OM or "Grand Concert" Guitars, not yet "In the Workshop" for restoration, but available to "pre-order".


The current selection of 1950s to 1970s Harmony OM/GC models I have in the process of, or waiting for restoration.

I have sold many 1950s and 1960s Harmony OM or as Harmony themselves titled them, "Grand Concert" models, over the years, which come in various finishing and timber combinations, and brandings, including Silvertone, for Sears, and Regal.

I have invariably had excellent buyer's feedback on these guitars, but one particular purchaser summed it up - "Wonderful tone and very, very playable. I'm having trouble putting it down. It's as you said, a great fingerstyle guitar and, in open G, a fab slide guitar. Again, thank you very much, Bob."

These are classic Chicago, USA built Harmony Flattop Acoustic Guitars. The original inside ink date stamp usually gives the dating of the guitar in the form of S-** or F-**, indicating that the guitar was made in one of the production runs of that year indicated by the two figure digits. This is one of Harmony's longest running model ranges, first made as far back as 1940, through to 1975, and part of the "family" of Harmony models which also includes the Spruce and Mahogany H162, the All Mahogany H165, the top-of-the-range Sovereign H1203, also Spruce & Mahogany, and many others....a type of guitar beloved of many bluesmen of the time, for there sound quality and sheer playability, including Lightnin' Hopkins on the H165 & Mance Lipscomb on the H1203.

With it's ladder braced body, I am very enthusiastic about this family of Harmony guitars, which I think rival many far more exalted and expensive USA made acoustics in terms of tone, volume and sheer playability - an ideal addition to any collection of blues/vintage guitars!
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.


HARMONY H1203 SOVEREIGN VINTAGE 1971 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY OM/GC ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Mance Lipscomb Model! - VTG1473 - Photo & Description to be added....meantime Harmony Guitars Database link - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1203/26.htm


HARMONY H162 USA - CHOICE OF TWO VINTAGE 1966 & 1970 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY OM/GC ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - will be professionally restored - VTG1514 & VTG1525 - similar to the H162 sold to Dave Beckett VTG1436 - Photo to be added...meantime, same model as Photo #2 & see also VTG Archive "Blues Vintage OM/Grand Concert" page & Dave Beckett's H162, which is VTG1477 & SEE FULL DESCRIPTION OF VTG1514 ON PAGE 2.


HARMONY H165 USA VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY OM/GC ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Lighnin' Hopkins Model! - VTG1390 - Photo & Description to be added....meantime, same model as Photo #1 & see also VTG Archive "Blues Vintage OM/Grand Concert" page & SEE FULL DESCRIPTION OF VTG1514 ON PAGE 2.


HARMONY SILVERTONE S1214 USA VINTAGE 1969 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & BIRCH OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITAR - Professionally Overhauled Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing - See Individual "VTG Restoration" page - VTG1407 - Photo #3 & SEE FULL DESCRIPTION OF VTG1514 ON PAGE 2.


HARMONY SILVERTONE H623 VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY OM/GC ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - sort of a cross between H162 & H165 - VTG1334 - VTG1334 - Photo and Description to be added.

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 2.5mm./3.5mm. on Harmony OM guitars...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, 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.

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 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.


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 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".


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 ****

You can find various clips of the Harmony Grand Concert models on YouTube, including one of the Spruce & Mahogany H162 by "ohgoodthinking99", which I have included as "Useful Link #2, and one of Lightnin' Hopkins playing his very similar but All Mahogany H165, or again Mance Lipscomb on his H1203 Sovereign, on the 'tube, and there is a lot of stuff on the net generally - not all of which should be believed - these are great vintage guitars - and I make sure that they are playable! - If they were good enough for Mance Lipscomb & Lighnin' Hopkins, then.........!! Check out the YouTube video I have embedded here, of Lightnin' Hopkins playing the on "Going Down Slow" to hear the great tone these guitars have!
Useful links
Additional YouTube clip of early '60s H162 by ohgoodthinking99
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