VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE OM/GRAND CONCERT GUITARS - HARMONY USA & HARMONY-MADE MODELS FROM 1950S/1960S/1970S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony made GC guitars - please see "Inventory: Available Now or Restorations Available to Pre-Order" pages for any similar guitars currently for sale, or contact me.
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Intro
I have sold many 1950s and 1960s Harmony OM or as Harmony themselves titled them, "Grand Concert" models, over the years, which come in various finishing and timber combinations, and brandings, including Silvertone, for Sears, and Regal.

I have invariably had excellent buyer's feedback on these guitars, but one particular purchaser summed it up - "Wonderful tone and very, very playable. I'm having trouble putting it down. It's as you said, a great fingerstyle guitar and, in open G, a fab slide guitar. Again, thank you very much, Bob."

These are classic Chicago, USA built Harmony Flattop Acoustic Guitars. The original inside ink date stamp usually gives the dating of the guitar in the form of S-** or F-**, indicating that guitar was made in the Spring/Summer or Fall production run of that year. This is one of Harmony's longest running model ranges, first made as far back as 1940, through to 1975, and part of the "family" of Harmony models which also includes the Spruce and Mahogany H165, the All Mahogany H165, and many others....a type of guitar beloved of many bluesmen of the time, for there sound quality and sheer playability, including Lightnin' Hopkins on the H165.

With it's ladder braced body, I am very enthusiastic about this family of Harmony guitars, which I think rival many far more exalted and expensive USA made acoustics in terms of tone, volume and sheer playability - an ideal addition to any collection of blues/vintage guitars!
Description
Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made "Grand Concert" or OM 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 H6362 USA VINTAGE 1972 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Great Playing & sound All Original Restored Condition - VTG1035 - Photo #6.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H941 USA VINTAGE LATE 60s ALL SOLID BIRCH OM/GC BLUES GUITAR All Original Ladder Braced Superb Sound - VTG1097 - Photo #7.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY REGAL R205 USA VINTAGE 1965 OM/GC ALL SOLID BIRCH BLUES GUITAR - Superb Sound Stella type All Original except for purpose made replacement bridge - VTG1055 - Photo #6.

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2012 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H162 USA VINTAGE c.1969/1970 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Woods Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing Restoration I carried out included installing replacement for the original broken Trussrod, re-fixing the bridge, stoning/re=profiling frets - Sold to happy buyer in Essex - VTG1356 - Photo #2.

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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY SILVERTONE S621/H162 USA VINTAGE 1965 SPRUCE & BIRCH OM/GC BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Woods Excellent Condition Play Sound & Looks All Original except for purpose made replacement bridge & bone saddle - to happy buyer in Cheshire - VTG1255 - Photo #5.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY H165 USA VINTAGE 1964 ALL SOLID MAHOGANY OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Professionally Restored Condition - as used by Lightnin' Hopkins! Restoration I carried out included levelling and re-fretting the superb Rosewood fingerboard and fitting L R Baggs S/H Pickup - 130402 - VTG1386 - Photo #3.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY H162 USA VINTAGE 1964 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Solid Woods, Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing Restoration I carried out included levelling and re-fretting beautiful Rosewood fingerboard, purpose making
/fitting replacement American Black Walnut bridge, Bone Nut & Saddle - Sold to Dave Beckett, Acoustic Blues & Roots - http://www.deebeeblues.com/ - 140801 - VTG1477 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY REGAL T-23 (H6362/H162 TYPE) USA VINTAGE 1975 SPRUCE/MAHOGANY OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Last of a Guitar-making Era! Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound & Playing, Restoration I carried out included dressing Bridge to give better playing action, purpose making and fitting Bone Saddle, before selling to "Bid Daddy of British Blues" Perry Foster - 140401 - VTG1407 - Photo #4.

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2018 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1970 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY BLUES OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC GUITAR - All Solid Woods, Professional Restoration Condition, Excellent Condition, Sound & Playing. Restoration completed as a Pre-order by a local customer, and collected. - 180802 - VTG1525.

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2020 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE MID-1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC BLUES OM/GRAND CONCERT ACOUSTIC "LIGHNIN' HOPKINS MODEL" GUITAR - Original & Professionally Restored Condition, Excellent Sound/Playing Sold to buyer in Northern Italy - Feedback "Yes, the guitar is impressive. I played a H-165 for a while almost ten years ago (a friend of a friend of mine owned one and I had the chance to grab it for a couple of hours one night) and I didn't remember how good it was. Sweet and punchy and twangy at the same time. Pretty loud too. Very comfortable when I move up and down the neck or I slide back and forth." - 200302 - VTG1390.

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2021 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY SOVEREIGN H1203 CHICAGO, USA, VINTAGE 1971 SPRUCE & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC BLUES OM/GC "MANCE LIPSCOMB MODEL" GUITAR - All Original, All Solid Spruce & Mahogany, ladder braced Iconic Guitar..the more manageable size OM, or "Grand Concert" version of the ever popular Harmony Sovereign. Restoration completed & sold to buyer in Kent! Feedback! - " I love it! I think it sounds great and projects loudly for its size and plays really well. It’s so much brighter and more interesting than my LG-1!? Anyway, I need to get acquainted with it properly but I can already feel it’s a keeper! And it looks beautiful. Thanks so much for your hard work on it"- 210102 - VTG1473.

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**** YOUTUBE ****
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Check out the YouTube video I have embedded here, entitled "Vintage 1960's Harmony H-162 acoustic guitar. Restored." by top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston. First additional link to one of the clips from "daddystovepipe" on the "Mance Lipscomb" model. Second is from the essential "Country Guitar Doctor" Jake Wildwood. There are a number of other clips worth checking, including Harmony Grand Concert guitar comparison by "Almost Aviation"
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daddystovepipe plays and talks about his "Harmony Sovereign" The Mance Lipscomb guitar
1960s Harmony H1203 Sovereign 000-size flattop guitar by Jake Wildwood
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