VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - BLUES VINTAGE 12 STRINGS - HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 & OTHER HARMONY, USA 12-STRING GUITARS FROM THE 1960S/1970S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony USA made acoustic 12 string guitars - see "VTG AVAILABLE" listings, in the 12-String Guitar 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".

See also page on Harmony Stella 12 Strings Guitars.
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Whether it is Leadbelly, Blind Willie McTell or just 12-String Blues in general, these Harmonys & Stellas are the most authentic, practical and affordable option available.
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Sovereign and similar Harmony 12 String Guitars.
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.............Again, I have only managed to list a couple of these for sale. Not for the want of trying, but they are hard to come by - certainly in th sort of great condition of the last one which I sold for Perry Foster! I have always had a fondness for 12 string guitars - and this is one of the iconic ones, as those of us who remember Pete Townsend famously sporting one on the box around '66 will testify!

This is the classic All Solid Woods, Spruce and Mahogany, Chicago, USA built Harmony Sovereign H1270 Flattop Acoustic 12 string Guitar, which Harmony described as a Jumbo, although it is a 16", rather than the 17" super jumbo. As with all Harmony made Guitars there is usually an inside ink date stamp - the model was produced from 1964 through to 1971. Same original Harmony tuning advise came with these...same 2"/51mm. nut width & 25.25"/642mm. scale length, although the 12th. fret action on my last one was low at 2.25mm./3mm.

With it's ladder braced body, tailpiece/floating bridge, Solid Spruce book-matched top, Cream edges and Black Multiple Binding, Matching Soundhole Rings, Cream Bound Solid Mahogany Back and Sides, this is a much sought after 12 string - just a fabulous 12 string sound - hear and see the YouTube clips of James Ralston & Mike Russo!
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Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made 12 string 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 H1227 USA VINTAGE 1973 OM/GRAND CONCERT SIZE 12 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR - All Solid Birch - really a late Stella 12-string in Harmony clothing! Great Condition, Sound & Playing - Photos #7 & #8.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1270 USA VINTAGE 1969 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY 12 FRET 12 STRING GUITAR - All Solid Woods Professionally Overhauled Excellent Condition, Great Sound/Playing, w/TGI Hardcase, Minor overhaul completed included bridge/saddle work to renew the dual saddles, in the original formation for good action height & correct string-spacing before selling on behalf of the "Big Daddy of British Blue" Perry Foster - VTGC1012 - 131002 - Photos #1 to #6.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H1230 USA VINTAGE 1972 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY 12 FRET OM/GRAND CONCERT 12 STRING GUITAR - Rare Model! "Narrow Neck", All Solid Woods, Excellent Condition, Great Sound & Playing, Minor overhaul I completed included improving seating of floating bridge, & minor treatments to superficial finish only cracks - A "Sovereign" in all but name! - VTG1343 - 140304 - Photos #9 & #10.

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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 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.

I usually fit one of two alternative stringing options - either with Martin Bronze Light gauge 12-54 gauge needed for the suggested C, or similar tuning, but which must only be used for lowered tunings, or Martin Bronze Extra-light 10-47 gauge, with which you might still want to tune to D and capo. Other options are available & I am 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, I may be able to offer a suitable size Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case, offering infinitely better protection. 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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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 do not see what 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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YouTube is well blessed with clips of Harmony Stella 12 strings from players who really can play - try "Deepriver100" - not titled, but "She moves through the Fair", if I'm not mistaken - not Blues, but class playing to my ears - and note how he has the floating bridge angled back just a little to aid intonation across the strings - for the Blues I have embedded a video from "guitarded71" on a Stella H912.

I have embedded a YouTube clip of top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston playing a Sovereign H1270. There are also further links on the Harmony Guitars Database link below to Concert footage of Mike Russo, also playing one, which looks as though it was recorded possibly around the time this guitar was made.
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Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Harmony H1270 Sovereign 12 String
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