VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE PARLORS - USA HARMONY STELLA & SILVERTONE FIXED BRIDGE TYPE 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, both based on the classic Stella H929 Sunburst Faux-flame finish model continuously produced for a quarter of a century from 1945 to 1970, which has the floating bridge & tailpiece, and the fixed, string-through bridge type shown here. 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.

Opinions vary as to whether the fixed bridge gives a better sound, or whether the floating bridge is preferred, because it accommodates minor adjustments of bridge position, helpful in getting overall intonation as good as is practicable with an uncompensated vintage saddle/bridge. The choice is there, and either way, I aim to get them playing as well and accurately as possible, which often means re-setting and sometimes slightly re-positioning correctly the fixed bridges.

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. 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, these 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.

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 Fixed-Bridge 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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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1964 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition, Character Looks and BluesTone, restoration included re-fixing the bridge and insertion of small Spruce splice/fillet to repair small crack at the soundhole - Sold to London Buyer - "Fantastic sound and just as advertised, great!" - 130502 - VTG1399 - Photo #2.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Excellent Professionally Restored Condition, Character Looks and Great BluesTone - Swiss buyer says "Beautiful...authentic..." - VTG1399 - Photo to be added.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1967 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition, Looks, BluesTone, New Purpose-made Cocobolo Pin Bridge fitted together with Bone saddle I made as part of restoration - VTG1437 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY SILVERTONE H604/STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1964 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced All Solid Woods Great BluesTone & Looks, restoration has included re-fixing/re-gluing the bridge and back braces - VTG1388 - Photo #3.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY SILVERTONE H608/STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1959 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Similar to VTG1388 - neck reset, Bridge reset/glued, Frets Stoned & Re-profiled - VTG1389.

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2015 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H931 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Ladder Braced, Great Condition, Character Looks and BluesTone, Fully Restored Incl. Neck Reset & Bridge Reset - VTG1426 - 151003 - Photo #4.

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I have embedded a Youtube clip, by Daniel Guareschi of a Silvertone H604 model....coincidentally he also has a YouTube clip of a 1959 Silvertone H608, same as the one listed here!

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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Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Harmony Stella H931
Additional YouTube clip by keonling
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