HOME: HARMONY VINTAGE STELLA GUITARS - CHICAGO, USA MADE, 1940S TO 1970S, ALL SOLID BIRCH, LADDER BRACED, 6-STRING PARLOR & TERZ/3-4 SIZE, TENOR/4-STRING, 12-STRING & MANDOLINS.
Made after Harmony acquired Stella name & other assets of failed Oscar Schmidt Co. in 1939. Includes identical construction models with Store/Mail Order company brand names including Silvertone, Airline, Regal & others.
 
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Many Guitars are available for "Pre-Order" or "Reservation" while I complete the Restoration Works.

I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" most of my restoration guitars, either before commencing work or at the stage where I am still working on them.

This arrangement has now worked well in so many cases that quite a few of the guitars coming through the workshop are now listed & described here, in advance of them being fully ready, but certainly not all of them, so if not hooked on any you see at the moment, I welcome further enquiries, and may have something else to interest you!
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These guitars all post-date the "Depression Era" & earlier guitars are always interesting....the old saying about 1930s USA guitars production, in Chicago & other centres...."Many makers, large & small, all making similar guitars, using similar materials & often the same parts, sometimes making guitars for each other, all making guitars for numerous distributors, usually using distributors own brand names....and nobody was taking notes!"

So starting with the significant date this side of the pond, of 1939, when the Oscar Schmidt Company, in New Jersey collapsed, and The Harmony Company, in Chicago, acquired the Stella, Sovereign and other OS brand names, together with the liquidated stock, including guitar parts. Now before entering the "Wartime" years, which for the USA were effectively 1943 to 1946, when some Stella models appeared with wooden tailpieces, replacing metal ones, known as "Wartime" models, due to metal shortages, in 1940 Harmony immediately began to produce Stella models of their own. Some of these were really straight reproductions of their own 1930s parlor models....hence looking just at models I have the Harmony H1030 becomes the Harmony Stella H930....others were transition models using some OS parts,

I am now finding that I "pre-sell" the majority of my guitars, certainly the vintage restoration Stellas and other guitars from the same era. Hence many, but not all of the guitars I have in stock are now listed on the website, in advance of restoration, or the stage where I am still working on them. This "Pre-Order" arrangement has now worked well for a good number of years....buyers reserving guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, without any formal or binding commitment, and I welcome, and thankfully receive a steady stream of enquiries.

List of some, not necessarily all, of the Harmony made Stella models I have sold, or have in stock, including the Distributor/Mail Order/Store brand models of identical design & construction....


Floating Bridge/ Metal Tailpiece:

H927 (Photo #9), H928 (Photo #8), H928 Buckeye, H929 (Photo #1 & Embedded YouTube clip), H930, Airline H7026 (Photo #10), Airline H8286, Regal R200 (Photo #12), Silvertone S/H603, Silvertone S/H605 (Photo #11)

Fixed Bridge:

H931, Silvertone S/H604, Silvertone S/H608

Slotted Headstock/ Wartime Wooden Tailpiece:

H917 1945

Sundale/ Colorama mid-1950s Series:

H902 (Photo #6), H903, H906

OM/ Grand Concert:

H941, H942, H943,

12-String:

H912 (Photo #4), H913, H922 (Photo #3)

Tenor:

H929TG (Photo #2)

3/4/Terz:

H929 3/4,

Square Neck/ Lap style:

H929 Hawaiian 1959 (Photo #7)

Mandolin:

H331 (Photo #5)

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I have been using the same short list of YouTube demo clips for the Stellas for quite some time, so for this page I have done a fresh search to find something new.

Embedded clip is entitled "1964 Harmony Stella Guitar" by Salvatore Sebergandio.....I have restored & sold dozens of the these H929 Stella, and dozens more of the numerous variants of the same design & construction, bearing different brand names, and liveries, which Harmony made for the Store/Mail Order distributors to exactly the same spec.

Additional Link #1 is the Stella H929TG model I have restored & sold many of & #2....have to have a Stella 12-string....and have to have the indispensable Bottleneck John!.

YouTube is a goldmine of further demos...so keep on browsing!

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Useful links
1954 STELLA TENOR GUITAR - Guy Luca
Silvertone (Stella) 12-string guitar!! by BottleneckJohn
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