VTG RESTORATIONS RECENTLY SOLD *** BLUES VINTAGE TERZ/THREE-QUARTER SIZE *** HARMONY H162 3/4 USA 1966 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1485 - SOLD ON PRE-ORDER!
21.5" Scale Ladder Braced Great Condition Sound & Play, plus Raised G tuning option - "In the Workshop" for restoration, but already "pre-ordered" - now completed & sold.
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*** 21/05/2016 - Reserved as provisional pre-order for a customer in London, pending completion of the restoration.
*** 28/07/2016 - Restoration now completed, I will shortly be adding photos of the actual finished guitar, ready to go to the buyer, alongside the same size Stella H929 3/4 version which I currently have completed & ready for sale, together with a photo showing the size differential between this 3/4 size & the full size OM or Grand Concert Harmony, in order to illustrate it's diminutive size.
*** 30/07/2016 - Completed and Sold & on it's way to buyer in London!

....AND THE FEEDBACK...."It's arrived Bob. It's beautiful and inspiring. Thank you very much."....and later...."It's absolutely terrific. Have'nt been able to stop playing it all evening."

....FOR THE NEAREST THING CHECK OUT MY CURRENTLY AVAILABLE HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 - VTG1452!
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I sell these superb little 3/4 size guitars as often as I can, both the Spruce & Mahogany H162, like this one & the all solid Birch Stella H929 3/4, but they are scarce and not easy to get hold off......now here is another one - a real Gem, and a real find, as there are definitely very scarce! The most recent buyer of a Stella 3/4 said - "It's brilliant; I'm completely in love with it. I had bought it for use around the house but I'm now wondering whether I can turn it into a gigging guitar."

This is the 3/4 version - the little brother! - of one of my favourite guitars, the Harmony H162, the full size version having been in production continuously for over 30 years from 1940 to 1971.....the 3/4 H162 itself was introduced in 1951 & made until 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 for some years now, although more frequently the same size 3/4 version of another ultra long-running Harmony Stella all solid Birch model, the H929.

I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" my guitars, at the stage where I am still working on them, and although previously I had my doubts, this arrangement has now worked well in quite a number of cases, so I have decided to list some of the guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, and welcome further enquiries.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1485.

If you have been following my Harmony-made Stella guitar listings, you may have noticed that I refer to the common misunderstanding that the full size Harmony Stella is a Three Quarter Size guitar - well this is why! - this is the real Harmony 3/4 size guitar - same size as the Harmony Stella H929 3/4 guitar, and very near in dimensions to the iconic Martin Terz guitars, as discussed below!!

A Superb Sounding late 1960s 3/4 Blues Guitar Of Great Character - do not be deterred by it's diminutive stature this is a serious guitar, and no toy! Nevertheless do please check out the description and photos, so that you are fully aware of the size of the guitar. In order to illustrate this I have included a photo alongside "big brother" - in fact both the full-size H162s I have currently are not to hand just at the moment, so the photo shows my Silvertone S1214, which Harmony made to the exact same full size OM size or "Grand Concert" size as Harmony described it, H162. The dimensions of the 3/4 size are as follows:-

3/4 Model:- Overall Length - 32.5"/82.5mm. - Overall Width/Lower Bout - 11.25"/28.5mm. - Upper Bout - 8.5"/21cm. - Body Length - 15.75"/40cm. - Body Depth Front - 2.6"/7.2cm. - Body Depth Rear - 3.375"/8.6cm. - Scale - 21.5"/546mm. - Nut Width - 1.625"/41mm.

On all the similar 3/4 Guitars I have sold, I have been particularly impressed by the unique sound they give, combined with great playability - these are serious guitars, not toys in any way! Small bodied 6 string and also 4 string/tenor guitars were popular in the USA, particularly going back from the 1920s/1930s on, so these 3/4 models were continuing a long tradition in American Music - but of course they are not made now, so are increasingly scarce and sought after by those who appreciate their appeal. You are looking at a guitar of basically similar dimensions to the iconic Martin 5/18 Terz guitar, associated with Marty Robbins and Bobby Gentry, in particular.

The Harmony Guitar Database indicates that the 3/4 H162 was made between 1951 and 1970, and presence of factory fitted bushings/ferrules for the tuner posts, which Harmony only started fitting on some models in the very late '60s, agrees with the usual inside ink date stamp, which appears to show S-66, indicating that it was made in one of the 1966 production runs.
Condition
The guitar is original and, with the completion of the work I am currently doing, in excellent structural and cosmetic condition for a 47 year old Harmony! Inevitably there are some small chips and scratches from normal wear on a vintage guitar, but really minimal for the age of the guitar. The only outstanding one is a chip in the top at the rear edge. This will be treated with an impregnated Beeswax, which will soften the scar, but it is indeed a minor cosmetic issue only. Only some gentle cleaning has been carried out, but otherwise generally the finish is exceptionally good for it's age.

Original scratchplate is intact and has been re-fixed following completion of the bridge-work. The original tuner strips have some typical age-related discolouration, but have been lightly cleaned & work fine. Original tortoiseshell bindings are intact, showing just a little typical ageing.

The restoration has been completed mainly in the workshop of the highly experience luthier I work with, and under his supervision. The fingerboard has been re-levelled, involving the removal of original frets and re-fretting, but the work has brought the Rosewood of the fingerboard up spectacularly. Unlike the full-size H162, the 3/4 version has a flat, un-radiused fingerboard.

The original glued & factory bolted, Rosewood bridge has been re-set & re-glued, and it was found that the original saddle was fine & did not require replacement. Two small splits in the back, between the waists, and at the sides, on the back corner, have been glued but did not require internal reinforcement. The original position marker dot inlays survived well and it was possible to refit and adjust the original nut.
Action, strings & cases
Following the fingerboard re-levelling the 12th. fret action has reduced to around 2.0mm./2.5mm., which should be good for combined fretted and bottleneck playing, with just a little more string height than usual at the 1st. fret, aiding Bottleneck play, whilst the shorter scale makes fretting easier.

Although very small, these guitars punch like heavyweights - loud and strident - but with it's own unique rather "old-timey" tone - hard to put into words, but there is a certain element of Banjo-ishness in the sound of the treble strings - 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!

The decision on what type of strings are fitted when work is completed, is for the customer, and should be in accord with the tuning the buyer proposes to use. It can be strung with either Martin Bronze Light 12s, or Extra-light steels, or Martin Silk and Steel strings, which are probably 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.

There is no case included with the guitar, and it is difficult to find cases to fit guitars as small as this, but I may have one of, or near, the original type & size, which would be adequate for home storage, if you are not concerned about it's condition, but no doubt you may be able to locate a modern alternative on the net. Finally what a great Travel Guitar!!!
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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!

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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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There are excellent clips of this 3/4 version of the Harmony H162, and other Terz size guitars, showing in professional standard playing what can be done on these guitars, by top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston, including the one I have embedded here. Also second clip entitled "Harmony 3/4 Parlor Guitar" by "Bravedog66", is included as the second additional link below.

For further interest, you might want to search out 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 - Harmony H162 3/4 Guitar
Additional YouTube clip - Harmony 3/4 Parlor Guitar by Bravedog66
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