VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS - CHICAGO, USA HARMONY & KAY-MADE 4-STRING MODELS FROM 1920S TO 1970S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic 23" & 21.25" Scale Tenor guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Tenor Guitars section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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Similar models awaiting restoration may be available to "pre-order" - please see "Restoration" section for any similar Guitars currently "In the Workshop".
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If you follow my listings you will know that from time to time (i.e. as often as I can get hold of them) I do list Tenor Guitars regularly, most often Stellas, but also as frequently as I can, the Harmony Archtone and Sovereign Tenor versions, although these do tend to be scarce and difficult to get hold off.....both types usually don't hang about long at all - with excellent feedback from buyers!

Within the last couple of years I have restored a Stella Tenor as a private project for David Bristow, well-known Midlands-based Bluesman, including levelling the fretboard, re-fretting, re-setting the bridge and new nut, with which he is extremely happy. Others have gone to pro. players in this country and Germany, with another to Richard Hawley, who you will have heard off. Again I have been in touch with Richard recently, and he is very happy with his, and happy for me to use his endorsement....indeed he has since bought another Tenor Guitar from me....this time the Harmony Sovereign shown here.

My tenor guitar sales have been fascinating in regard to the quality of the players who have bought them. The Archtone archtop tenor is being gigged by Steve Harrison, Community & Traditional Folk Musician, in West Yorkshire.
www.dearmanharrison.co.uk, www.facebook.com/AnnieandSteve, www.theblackboxband.co.uk, www.phoenixdanceband.co.uk
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made Tenor 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 *** HARMONY H4101 VINTAGE 1972 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY PARLOR TENOR BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced, 23" Scale 4 String, Superb Sound & Condition, All Original, Rare Model Made in One Year only - Photo #4.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SUPERTONE VINTAGE LATE 1920s/EARLY 1930s SPRUCE & MAHOGANY SHORT SCALE TENOR GUITAR - All Solid Woods, 21.25" Scale & Small Bodied 4 String, Pearloid Fingerboard & Scratchplate, Full Professionally Restored Condition & All Original - Photo #3.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1201TG USA VINTAGE c.1970 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY PARLOR TENOR BLUES GUITAR w/CASE - All Solid Woods, Ladder Braced, 23" Scale 4 String, Superb Sound & Condition, All Original - Photo #5.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** KAY USA VINTAGE 1930s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY PARLOR SIZE 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Restored All Original Condition, including Friction Tuners, Excellent Sound Blues/Folk/Banjo Player - VTG1357 - Photo #7.

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*** SOLD *** KAY K3900 USA VINTAGE 1966/1968 ALL MAHOGANY 00 TO 0 SIZE 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Tortioseshell Bound, Excellent Sound & Condition, Blues/Folk/Banjo Player, Restored All Original - VTG1265 - Photo #6.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1201TG USA VINTAGE 1963 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY PARLOR TENOR BLUES GUITAR w/CASE - All Solid Woods, Ladder Braced, 23" Scale, Superb Sound & Condition, All Original except replacement scratchplate & Bone saddle I purpose made to replace original fretwire, Light Overhaul for sale to Richard Hawley...his 2nd. Tenor Guitar from me! - VTG1444 - 131105 - Photo #2.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215TG VINTAGE 1964 ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP TENOR BLUES 4 STRING GUITAR - All Solid Birch, 23" Scale, Superb Sound, Playing & Condition. All Original Except for Replacement Pickguard I purpose made copied from original. Light Overhaul for sale to Steve Harrison, tradition Folk Musician - VTG1456 - 140102 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215TG VINTAGE 1969 ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP TENOR BLUES 4 STRING GUITAR - All Solid Birch, 23" Scale, Superb Sound, Playing & Condition, Light Overhaul before sale to Graham Legge, Sound Engineer & Folk at the Salmon Bothy, Portsoy - "Totally chuffed with it..." - VTG1479 - 140703 - same model as Photo #1.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1201TG USA VINTAGE C.1969 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY TENOR BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Woods,Ladder Braced Parlor-size Body, 23" Scale, Really Excellent Condition, Good Action, Great Sound, 4-String Blues/Folk/Banjo Player - Sold & Collected by Buyer from Wales - VTG1517 - 160401 - same model as Photo #5.

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2017 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY ARCHTONE H1215T USA VINTAGE 1963 ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP TENOR BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Birch 23" Scale 4-string, Superb Sound, Playing & Condition - All original, except for customer's requested conversion to left-hand play & addition of our own purpose-made repro pickguard - VTG1543 - 170102 Photo #8.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY MONTEREY H950T USA VINTAGE LATE'50S/EARLY'60S ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP TENOR GUITAR - All Solid Birch "Redburst" 23" Scale 4-String in Excellent playing condition, following extensive Professional Restoration - All Original, but some professional re-finishing completed after removal of old badly applied over-finish, and repairs including Fingerboard and Body Top removal to allow crack repair/reinforcement, re-fixing & re-binding top, lining, re-fixing & re-fretting fingerboard, all for delighted, long-standing customer - VTG1475 - Photo #9.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY MONTEREY H950T USA VINTAGE 1956 ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP TENOR GUITAR - All Solid Birch "Redburst" 23" Scale, All Original + Pickup Installation, Prof. Restored, Exc. condition, pre-order for existing customer, Mat Barwick of Rusty Shackle, prominent Welsh indie-roots band, with new Armstrong pickup installed.

.....see Mat's super-enthusiastic feedback opposite! - Photo #10.
Condition
All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Harmony 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 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 around 3mm. on these guitars...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 12 string blues guitars, needing a higher action, and it may be that players will use a bottleneck slide, in which case a low/electric type action just does not work, and some fret clearance is essential.

Various string gauge options are available, according to the tuning you intend to employ. I generally use Eagle-Newtone dedicated tenor guitar string sets, 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 for the parlor size models or a suitable size for the larger guitars, offering infinitely better protection, but sometimes 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, 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".

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*** YOUTUBE ***
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I have not been able yet to find a satisfactory YouTube clip of either the H1201TG or the H1215TG, but I will look further, and meantime have provided a couple of videos sent to me at one time or another by friends and customers. Firstly I have embedded a YouTube clip titled "Hard Luck Child" by "gadaya", sent to me by the customer who is buying the Stella Tenor I'm restoring at the moment. Although played on an older 1920s/30s Stella, to me it is a great piece of Tenor Guitar Blues playing.

To that I've added as "Useful Link" #2 another YouTube clip of David Bristoe gigging the Stella H929TG I restored for him a couple of years ago. The Harmony Guitars Database link is to the H1201TG model, but once on the Database you can search for the H1215TG details.
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Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Harmony H1201TG
YouTube clip Three Fat Ladies by David Bristow
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