VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE 3/4 SIZE/TERZ GUITARS - USA HARMONY & HARMONY-MADE STELLA MODELS FROM 1940S TO 1960S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic 21.5" Scale guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the Terz Guitar section, for similar available guitars or contact me.
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Intro
I sell these superb little guitars as often as I can, but they are scarce and not easy to get hold off.

This is the 3/4 version - the little brother! - of the famous Stella H929, the full size version having been in production continuously for a full quarter of a century, from 1945 to 1970. It is very similar in dimensions to the iconic Martin Terz Guitars, and therefore equally suitable for that unique sounding Raised Third/Terz "G" Tuning, or other raised tunings. These are serious guitars, despite their small size, not toys in any sense, and I have sold as many as I can get hold of over the last 5 years or so, including the same size 3/4 version of another ultra long-running Harmony Spruce and Mahogany model, the H162.
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made Three-Quarter/Terz 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 H162 USA VINTAGE 1965 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY 3/4 SCALE/TERZ BLUES GUITAR - 21.5" Scale Ladder Braced - Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option, All Original - ** See Embedded Video below! - Photo #5.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H1004 USA VINTAGE 1940s STELLA TYPE BIRCH 3/4 SIZE BLUES OR TERZ GUITAR - Very Rare Wartime Model Standard or Terz Tuning Options All Solid Woods Ladder Braced Excellent Condition - VTG1332 - Photo #6.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H150 USA VINTAGE 1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH 3/4 OR SHORT SCALE/TERZ BLUES GUITAR - 21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option, original except for the new Rosewood pin bridge I purpose made as part of the restoration - VTG1355 - Photo #2.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 USA VINTAGE 1963 ALL SOLID BIRCH TERZ SIZE BLUES GUITAR - 21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option, all original except I purpose made and fitted a new Ebony nut, and restoration also included re-fitting the bridge - to well-known Producer and DJ in London - VTG1373 - Photo #3.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 USA VINTAGE 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH TERZ SIZE BLUES GUITAR - 21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option, all original, restoration included re-fixing the bridge, slightly adjusting to correct position - VTG1424 - 130714 - Photo #1.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 USA VINTAGE 1969 ALL SOLID BIRCH TERZ SIZE BLUES GUITAR - 21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, Raised G tuning option, renovation included levelling/re-fretting/re-colouring the fingerboard, purpose making and fitting replacement Rosewood pin bridge & bone saddle, which permitted fitting u/saddle pickup for live work for gigging buyer in Belgium - VTG1379 - 131206 - Photo #4 - SOLD ON PRE-ORDER!.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H162 3/4 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY TERZ/THREE-QUARTER SIZE BLUES GUITAR - VTG1485 -
21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option, Restoration included re-levelling/re-fretting fingerboard, bridge reset &minor cheack repairs - to buyer in London, who has since pre-ordered a 1930s Parlor - "It's arrived Bob. It's beautiful and inspiring. Thank you very much."....and later...."It's absolutely terrific. Haven't been able to stop playing it all evening." - VTG1485 - 160706 - Photo #7 - SOLD ON PRE-ORDER!

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Condition
All guitars are restored to the same high standards as the scores of other Harmony & Stella guitars 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 2.5mm/3mm. on Stella 3/4 size 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, albeit nominated 3/4 size by Harmony, the overall size & scale length is of a much smaller Terz guitar. Players may still wish to use a bottleneck slide, in which case a low/electric type action just does not work...added to which the much shorter 21.5" scale means lower string tension and easier fretting. Further options for raised tunings bring further variables into the equation.

Although very small, these guitars punch like heavyweights - loud and strident - just what a pokey little Stella should be - but with it's own unique rather "old-timey" tone - hard to put into words, but usually there is a certain element of Banjo-ishness in the sound of the treble strings, which the fretwire saddle will aid, but also with a nice rasp at the lower end, still there on one where I replaced the fretwire with a purpose made Bone saddle. Ideal for blues/ragtime and similar styles - but do believe it is not short on either tone or decibels! For full time slide playing, a nut riser can be obtained for a few pounds only!

Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings can be fitted for concert pitch tuning. Extra-light steels, or Martin Silk and Steel strings, can be fitted as an alternative, which are a better choice if you will be using raised tunings. Depending on how it is played the guitar can produce a very 30s sound you might expect to hear on an old Gospel 78, and a high lilting chime, in a way somewhere between a 12 string acoustic Guitar and a Mandolin. For this some players tune them up slightly, but for this you would certainly fit lighter strings, and I have heard this model elsewhere, similarly sounding superb fitted with Silk & Steel Strings.I am happy to discuss other string types/gauges to buyer's requirements.

There is usually no case included with the guitar, and I regret that I am currently unable to offer a case to fit this small a guitar, but I'm sure that cases for smaller scale instruments such as this are available. Finally - what a great Travel Guitar!!!
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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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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".

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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 don't see the guitar 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 have embedded a YouTube clip by top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston, a nd you ca n also look on YouTube for a clip entitled "Harmony 3/4 Parlor Guitar" by "Bravedog66".

For further interest I have included as the second Useful Link another YouTube clip, this time by "imdrs" of a Martin 5-18 Terz Guitar, of the type referred to in the main description, but with the added twist that it is being played in "Nashville" or "Hi-strung" tuning.
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Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Stella H929 3/4 Guitar
Martin 5-18 Terz Guitar in Nashville Tuning
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