PAGE A12 - VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE TENOR GUITARS - CHICAGO, USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA 4-STRING MODELS FROM 1950S & 1960S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic 23" Scale Tenor guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Tenor Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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Intro
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, which usually don't hang about long at all - with excellent feedback from buyers!

Within the last coupe of years I have restored one 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.

Another was partly rebuilt and restored, and sold 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 a Harmony Sovereign.
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 STELLA H929TG VINTAGE LATE 1950s/EARLY 1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - General Overhaul & Bridge Re-Seating before sale to buyer in Shetland - VTG1196 - 110903.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG VINTAGE EARLY 1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Extensively Restored with New Ebony Bridge & Fingerboard Re-Levelling & Re-Fret for sale To well-known Midand-based Bluesman, David Bristow - VTG1296 - 120206.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Restored Condition Excellent Sound, All Original, except for Replacement Bone Saddle I purpose made. Partial Rebuild completed before sale to Richard Hawley - VTG1348 - 120808 - Photo #4.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1962 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Restored Condition Excellent Sound, All Original, except for replacement Ebony bridge & Bone nut I purpose made & correctly adjust scale length, before sale to well-known Munich-based Singer/Songwriter/Recording Artist, Claudia Koreck - VTG1383 - 130301 - Photo #5.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Excellent Condition & Sound All Original Minor Overhaul Completed - VTG1398 - 130504 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Restored Exceptionally Good Condition Excellent Sound, All Original. Restoration included re-fixing and adjusting the bridge, before sale to well known Traditional Folk Musiciam, Steve Harrison, West Yorkshire - VTG1425 - 130803 - Photo #2.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Restored Condition Excellent Sound, All Original, One of the Smartest I've sold. Restoration included re-fixing and adjusting the bridge, before sale to buyer in Italy - VTG1457 - 140201 - Photo #3.

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2015 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE C.1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE TENOR GUITAR - Really Excellent Condition, Low Action, Minor Overhaul Completed, Great Sounding 4-String for Blues/Folk/Banjo Player - VTG1468 - 150901 - Photo #6.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE C.1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE BLUES PARLOR TENOR GUITAR - Ladder Braced, Really Excellent Condition, Low Action, Great Sound, General Overhaul Completed, inc. Fret Stone & Re-profile & Replacement Fretwire Saddle - VTG1503 - 151001 - Photo #7.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE 1970 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR BLUES TENOR GUITAR - Professional Restoration Completed, including LEFT-HANDED CONVERSION, Ladder Braced, Really Excellent Condition, Low Action, Great Sound - to excellent gigging player from Nottingham, to add to an interesting & varied family of vintage & luthier made guitars, dobros, mandolins & ukes - "It looks and sound wonderful." - VTG1520 - 160501 - Photo #8.

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2018 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929TG USA VINTAGE C.1960 ALL SOLID BIRCH 23" SCALE PARLOR BLUES TENOR GUITAR - Ladder Braced, Excellent, Professionally Restored Condition, Great Sound - sold to a gigging player in N.Ireland - "She's here all safe and sound Bob, a little beauty, delighted with it!" - VTG1526 -

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Condition
All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Stellas and branded versions of the Stella design produced by Harmony throughout their long ownership of the Stella name from around 1940, up to the termination of USA production in Chicago in 1975, 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 Tenors 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, 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
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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*** GENERAL TENOR GUITAR INFO. ***
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Experts and Tenor Guitar/Banjo players will know far more than I do about the tuning options for Tenor Guitars, but there is also information available on the web, and I previously had a copy of the very useful "Tenor Guitar Chord Bible" by Tobe A. Richards, which I passed on with one of the Tenor Guitars I sold. available on line from Fretted Friends, with chords for CGDA (Standard Tuning) and GDAE (Irish Tuning), as opposed to the Chicago tuning, derived from the 6 string. Various string makers produce string sets specifically for Tenor Guitar, and the excellent Huddersfield based Eagle Music sell their "Eagle-Puretone" dedicated Tenor Guitar Strings in 3 sets:- "Chicago" 13/17/26W/34W, "Standard" 10/13/24W/32W, and "Irish" 12/18W/28W/38W - in both loop end & ball end Nickel & Bronze - I will consult the buyer as to their choice of preferred string gauges, according to the tuning they use.

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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In addition to the video, which I have embedded here, of David Bristow playing the guitar I restored for him, you can find more really exiting clips on YouTube, showing what can be done with a Tenor Guitar, including the one of "Hard Luck Child" by "gadaya", which I have included as "Useful Link" #2.
Video
Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Harmony H929TG
Additional YouTube clip Hard Luck Child by gadaya
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