VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE PARLORS - USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA, SILVERTONE, AIRLINE & REGAL GUITARS 1950S & 1960S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony parlors - please see "Inventory: Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently "In the Workshop", or contact me.
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Intro
I have sold many 1950s and 1960s Harmony made Stellas over the years, which come in various styles and brandings, all based on the classic Stella H929 Sunburst Faux-flame finish model continuously produced for a quarter of a century from 1945 to 1970. They have great looks, lots of vibe and historic all-American character - superb sounding Chicago made parlor blues guitars, set-up for finger-style or bottleneck playing.

I usually try to sell them in all-original condition - an iconic 12 fret-to-the-body parlor Blues Guitar - all solid Birch, ladder braced construction.

The Harmony ink date stamp usually indicates the production run date, but sometimes is not visible inside, which is not that unusual, as on occasion they were not that clear to start with, or have faded over time, but I can usually estimate the approx. year.

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 - really exceptional addition to any collection of Blues/Vintage Guitars.
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made Stella-type Parlor 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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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY AIRLINE STELLA H8286 USA VINTAGE 1950s ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Rare Model Ladder Braced Great Condition/BluesTone/Look All Original except for Replacement Nut! Minimal cleaning, re-stringing & setup preparation completed - VTG1364 - photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SILVERTONE STELLA S605 USA VINTAGE 1956 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition/Character/Looks/BluesTone Minor overhaul I completed included re-gluing and clamping slightly parted seam - VTG1365 - Photo #6.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA SUNDALE H903 USA VINTAGE 1955 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ultra Rare model Ladder Braced All Original Time Capsule Condition/Colour BluesTone - Minimal Cleaning, re- stringing & setup preparation completed - VTG1363 - Photo #8.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY AIRLINE STELLA H7026 USA VINTAGE 1961 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - All Original Rare Model, Great Character, Individual Looks, Great BluesTone & Volume! Minimal cleaning, re-stringing and setup preparation completed - VTG1403 - photo #5.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SILVERTONE STELLA H603 USA VINTAGE 1962 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition, Character Looks and BluesTone Minimal Cleaning, re-stringing & setup preparation completed - VTG1397 - photo #2.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H930 USA VINTAGE 1954 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition Character Looks BluesTone No Play Wear to Fingerboard/Frets having Nut Riser fitted from new - VTG1409 - Photo #7.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H928 USA 1950S ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ultra Rare Model Exceptional All Original Condition Ladder Braced Great Character/Looks/BluesTone - sold to happy buyer in Germany - VTG1378 - photo #4.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H930 USA VINTAGE 1958 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition Character Looks BluesTone, All original Minimal cleaning, re-stringing & setup preparation completed - VTG1408 - Photo #3.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY REGAL STELLA R200 USA VINTAGE 1965 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Great Character, Restored Condition, Low Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! Original except for restoration work I completed re-gluing back braces, re-levelling fingerboard & refretting - VTG1463 - Photo #9.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1950s ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Restored & Slightly Customized Condition Unique Character Looks BluesTone - VTG1294 - Same model as Photo #10.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1967 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - light overhaul completed & sold to West Midlands buyer who 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! - VTG1515 - same model as Photo #10.

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2017 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY BUCKEYE STELLA H928 USA VINTAGE 1950s/EARLY 1960s ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Unusual Slimmer Fingerboard, 1-11/16"/43mm. Nut Width, Ivory Faux-flame Finish, Ladder Braced, Original & Professionally Overhauled Condition. Sold to gigging guitarist buyer in The Shetland Islands. - VTG1545 - Photo #11.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1964 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Great Character, Really Excellent Professionally Restored Condition, Great Blues Tone & Volume!Sold and and collected by local buyer. FEEDBACK! - "I love the tone and the sustain from such a small guitar." - VTG1553 - same model as Photo #10.

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DIMENSIONS:
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Sometimes these guitars are mistakenly described as three-quarter size - there is in fact a 3/4 size version, an example of which I have available for restoration. The true 3/4, which I also sell, whenever I can get them, is much smaller, this being the full-size model with standard Stella dimensions of overall length - 36.25"/96cm., body width 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.

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2019 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1959 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Great Character, Really Excellent Condition, Good Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! - "Pre-ordered" Restoration completed for customer in London! VTG1534 - same model as Photo #10.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA SUNDALE H902 "COLORAMA" CHICAGO, USA 1956 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Rare example of an iconic design used for the front illustration on the "Harmony, The People's Guitar" book by Ron Rothman - restoration completed for long-standing customer & repeat VTG buyer in Germany! - VTG1423 - Photo #12.

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2020 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1963 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Great Character, Professionally Restored to Really Excellent Condition & Sold & to buyer in East Sussex - Feedback! - "Plays really well but obviously will take a little getting used to. Haven’t tried slide yet but sounds great and projects well played fingerstyle. Looks great - in my opinion the small signs of wear and use only add to the maturity and authentic feel of the guitar. You’ve done a really good job, I’m very pleased.
Thank you again Bob" - 201001 - VTG1578 - Photo #10.

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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I have embedded a Youtube clip, by "wsbluesbox" of a 1964 Stella H929, to demonstrate the tailpiece/floating bridge models.

I have also included as the "Useful Link" #1 another YouTube clip, this time a fixed bridge model, the Silvertone H604 by "62dan57".

Useful Link #2 is again the H604, by "keonling", showing what you can get with a soundhole pickup in one of these - I'm certainly not suggesting that you go drilling holes in it, but I like the sound and playing, so wanted to share it with you.
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Additional YouTube clip by Daniel Guareschi
Additional YouTube clip by keonling
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