VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE PARLORS - HARMONY & OTHER CHICAGO, USA MADE GUITARS FROM THE 1920S, 1930S & 1940S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic parlor guitars from this period - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Chicago/USA Blues Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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Intro
As with other VTG Archive pages, the guitars shown here reflect my likes & interests in terms of vintage guitars, particularly all types of Blues Guitars.

This time again not a single maker, but concentrating on the various Parlor Guitars produced by the Harmony Company and other Chicago based makers in the Depression period and years that followed, into the Second World War years.
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Harmony and other Chicago made Parlor Guitars I have sold in recent times - in some cases other examples of the same models may be currently available, or at least "in the workshop". Please enquire for current availability, prices and further details.

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PRE-2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** LYON & HEALY "LAKESIDE" VINTAGE 1920s SPRUCE & OAK PARLOR GUITAR - Restored Great Looks Sound & Playing - See Video! - Photo #2.

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*** SOLD *** REGAL/CHICAGO VINTAGE 1920s BLUES/RAGTIME PARLOR GUITAR - Photo #3.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** REGAL BELDEN STELLA SIZE USA VINTAGE c.1940 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Excellent Original Condition, Ladder Braced, Great BluesTone & Look, Professional Partial Rebuild Restoration Completed to secure braces etc. - Sold to happy London buyer - VTG1254 - Photo #4.

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*** SOLD *** SUPERTONE USA VINTAGE 1930s LADDER BRACED SLOTTED HEADSTOCK ALL SOLID BIRCH HAWAIIAN STENCIL DECOR PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES/RAGTIME GUITAR - Possibly made by Harmony, Regal or Kay Fully Professionally Restored Condition, Great Character, BluesTone, Volume & Condition - Great Period Looking Guitar! - Sold to happy South Coast buyer - VTG1335 - Photo #1.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H1000 VINTAGE 1930s SUPERTONE/ART DECO/STELLA TYPE V-NECK/12-FRET GUITAR - Professionally Overhauled Superb Condition All Solid Birch Ladder Braced Great BluesTone & Look - Overhaul I carried out included New Nut purpose-made from Recycled Ebony Piano Key - Sold to Dave Beckett, Acoustic Blues & Roots - http://www.deebeeblues.com/ - 140801- VTG1464 - Photo #6.

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2015 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! - HARMONY STELLA H929 USA 1949 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Restored Condition, Good Action, Almost 1930s Feel & Looks, Great BluesTone & Volume! - suspect it had received earlier neck reset elsewhere, but overhaul I carried out included New Taller Ebony nut and raising original type fretwire saddled floating bridge for customer's slide playing - Sold to 3rd. time returning customer down in Devon - 150401 - VTG1088 - Photo #7.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** OAHU STYLE NO. 51K USA REGAL MADE VINTAGE C.1939 DECOR V-NECK/12 FRET PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Birch, Ladder Braced, Slot Headstock, Full Professional Restoration, including Neck Reset & Replacement Custom-made Madagascan Rosewood Bridge - Sold to existing customer in Dorset - "Just to let you know the Oahu arrived safely on Christmas Eve - what a great present! Colin and yourself seem to have done a brilliant job renovating the old girl and she looks great. I really like the graphics. Have given her a day or so to settle down, but did play the new recruit this evening both in standard and open D tuning and it sounded fantastic. What is interesting is the Oahu has a different feel and voice to my other Supertones, which is ideal.

Thanks again Bob for your hard work and patience, it's a cracker of a parlour !!"....and more great feedback followed! - 151204 - VTG1349 - Photo #5.

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Condition
All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other USA made guitars produced by Harmony and other makers, 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 availability and 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 and other Parlors...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, but happy to discuss other string types/gauges to buyer's requirements.

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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In addition to 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".

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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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I can do no better than include YouTube clips of the same model as one of the guitars I sold & one of another actual guitar I sold, recorded and placed on YouTube by the new owner shortly after his purchase.

There are many YouTube clips of similar parlor Guitars from this era, including the one I have embedded here, which is identical to the Supertone I sold, as seen in Photo #1.....entitled "1930's Supertone Hawaiian Stencil Parlor Guitar. Restored." by James Ralston, the well-known American Pro-Guitarist & Guitar Restorer.

"Useful Link" #1 is a rare opportunity to show the actual guitar I sold...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."
Video
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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