*** SOLD - 21/01/2016 - and on it's way to West Midlands buyer.
....AND THE FEEDBACK!
....the buyer phoned me within a couple of hours of the guitar arriving, to say that he had been playing it ever since it arrived & loved it!
....sorry, this one has gone now, but I specialise in restoring for sale the various Stella type guitars made by Harmony, and have more currently in the workshop, which will be available when restorations are completed, or may be reserved on pre-order in advance....please enquire if you are interested in buying one.
Many of the restored vintage guitars I sell are now "pre-sold" - their restoration is completed for a particular buyer who has enquired from previous sales.
Please get in touch if you are looking for a similar guitar - I have a good stock coming through the workshop!
*** VTG LIVE & NOW SOLD! ***
.....Newly arrived, I have already checked it over in conjunction with the luthier I work with, and done initial work to set it up play, but may well do some further tweaking to achieve what I consider to be the optimum set-up. The guitar arrived without tuning machines or bridge, both of which I have fitted from my stock of original Harmony/Stella parts. Although different cosmetically, this guitar is basically the same as the similar age Regal R200 I completed work on in July last year, which had been pre-sold from the website......feedback from happy buyer in Plymouth....."Guitar arrived safe and sound brilliant better than I could have hoped.", and also another sold to buyer in Newcastle earlier this year, whose feedback was....
"The guitar looks and plays fantastic, it has exactly that authentic Blues sound I was looking for. Many thanks for getting it to me so prompt and packaged well for a safe transit. It will be getting used in Blues clubs and events around the North East in the very near future.
The set up and playability is great for such an old girl."
Following the many '60s Harmony made Stellas I have sold, in all their many variations, this one is in the original H929 sunburst/"faux flame" produced for a quarter-century from 1945 to 1970....another of these real "Little Gems" - this one particularly clean and smart - not completely blemishless, but you wouldn't expect a 48 year old Stella to be completely mint, would you? Just as near to that as you could get, with superbly original colour to the finish, where so many have faded over the years, and full of historic all-American character!
Another 1969 vintage Harmony Regal Stella R200 is also currently available for restoration, together with a blond H927 version, and also a fixed bridge version, in the form of a Silvertone H604.
Stock Number - VTG1515.
I have sold many '50s and '60s Harmony made Stellas over the years. There are many variations of the same basic model.....both those under Harmony's own Stella name, and also the various branded versions of basically the same guitar, with different liveries, for the major Stores/Mail Order companies, including Sears' Silvertone brand, Montgomery Ward's Airline brand, and also under the Regal brand, by this time owned by Fender. If you take a look at my current listings and previous sales, you will find a number of these models. This model, the Stella H929 is the iconic original for them all! Built for a full quarter of a century, right through from 1945 to 1970, with really no basic change, just minor cosmetic adjustments through all those years.
It has the floating bridge/tailpiece which gives an advantage in the ability to make minute positional adjustments in order to optimise intonation, which can vary slightly if altered/open tunings are used. Set up for either Fingerstyle Blues or Bottleneck playing - a superb sounding parlor blues guitar, with great looks, lots of vibe and historic All-American character!
It comes in essentially original (but see further advice under "Condition" below regarding sourcing of original Harmony/Stella parts) and restored condition - an iconic Chicago made, 12 fret-to-the-body, parlor Blues Guitar - all solid Birch, ladder braced construction. Sometimes these guitars are mistakenly described as three-quarter size - there is a three-quarter size version of the Stella H929 model (one of which I have in the workshop at present) which is much smaller, this being the full size model with standard Stella dimensions:-
Overall length - 36.25"/96cm., body with lower bout - 13.25"/33.5cm., upper bout - 9.5"/24.2cm., body length - 17.8"/45.2cm., body depth front - 3.25"/8.2cm., rear - 3.7"/9.3cm, with standard Stella/Harmony nut width of 1.75"/44.5mm. - just a tad wider than most modern acoustics - and a 24.25"/615mm scale.
The H929 model identification ink stamp inside is clearly readable, as is the date stamp of S-67, indicating that it was made in one of the 1967 production runs.
If you are an acoustic blues player and wonder why that top line guitar you bought doesn't sound authentic when you play blues like those of Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, or Blind Lemon Jefferson, I can tell you why it doesn't and never will! All of those guys and many others from the 30s through to the 60s played Birch bodied guitars, some of them with Spruce tops, some all Birch, but it is the Birch which gives that unmistakable sound. No guitar made today, American or otherwise can give you that sound, for Delta and Country Blues!
If you want a fully functioning, great sounding piece of American musical history, this is it - a really exceptional addition to any collection of Blues/Vintage Guitars.
Excellent essentially original condition....finish & colour in my view as good as you could possibly expect for a 48 year old Stella guitar - inevitably there is just a very little edge wear to the painted bindings and headstock, but otherwise virtually no finish loss, the very minimum of minor surface chips/scratches...really the minimum I have seen on a Stella of this type and age, and I've seen quite a few! I hope that you will agree that the photos show that this remains a handsome & characterful vintage guitar.
I say "essentially" original as the guitar has been restored with the addition of parts from my stock of original Harmony & Stella parts, namely the wooden floating bridge & the 3-on-a-strip tuning machines, having arrived without these fittings. The bridge is the standard dyed Maple unit factory fitted to all these guitars from 1945 to 1970. The tuners I have put on are the same pattern base plate and same in all respects to the standard Harmony Stella units, but are actually the higher grade tuners with machined line decoration, which were fitted as standard to upper range models such as the renowned Harmony Sovereign.
The tuner strips are particularly clean & bright, certainly being of contemporary age to the guitar, and with virtually no age-related discolouration, and work fine. The wooden floating bridge is also entirely period correct, and an original Harmony Stella bridge. In order to provide a good action for mixed bottleneck & fretted play, I have chosen one of the taller bridges from my stock. The original standard Stella type metal tailpiece, in good condition, with hardly any finish marking. The original factory fitted white scratchplate has just a small crack around one of the fixing screws....not a problem, but I will be taking it off for a bit of remedial treatment, and re-fixing.
It plays nicely with the typical "C" profile rounded neck although, as mentioned above, a slightly taller floating bridge has been installed to give 3mm./3.5mm. action at the 12th. fret, which with just a tad more string height at the nut/first fret in order to aid bottleneck play, I reckon is ideal for a Stella "all-rounder", good for Bottleneck play, but with fretting aided by the shorter scale length and consequent lower string tension, therefore ideal for a mixture of finger-style and bottleneck play.
Additionally it could also be used for full-time slide with a nut riser costing no more than a few pounds. The sound is typically loud and pokey, just as a Stella should be - a great Bluesy voice! It has "That Sound" in spades - even, woody, bright, clear, ringing tone! It is strung with Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings, and really sounds tremendous - and loud!
There is no case (although the guitar will be well packed and securely boxed for posting), but I do have the odd period case, and may be able to supply one of the type these guitars originally came in, or alternatively I may be able to supply it with a virtually unused Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. These cases of course do offer much better protection, but even the smallest case produced by Hiscox does require a couple of their extra internal pads fitting, in order to hold the small guitar correctly. I will be happy to advise whether I can marry the guitar to a suitable case, at the time of purchase, and if so agree with you an inclusive price for Guitar + Case, and adjust the invoice accordingly.