VTG SALES & RESTORATIONS ARCHIVE - ACOUSTIC BLUES & RAGTIME VINTAGE PARLORS - USA HARMONY-MADE STELLA, SILVERTONE, AIRLINE & REGAL GUITARS 1960S & 1970S.
Brief details of previously sold Harmony-made 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, 1960s & early'70s 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.
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Here are some, not all, of the Harmony made 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 STELLA H927 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH BLONDE/NATURAL TOP PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition Character Looks BluesTone, All original - Sold to Rick Astley! - VTG1286 - 120103 - Photo #1.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY REGAL STELLA R200 USA VINTAGE 1966 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Ladder Braced Great Condition Character Looks BluesTone All Original except for Replacement Floating Bridge with Fretwire Saddle - VTG 1341 - 120705 - Photo #7.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition/Character/looks/BluesTone Minimal Restoration I completed included Cleating repairs to a couple of fine side/top cracks and re-fixing the nut- VTG1372 - 121201 - Photo #4.

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2013 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY AIRLINE STELLA H7026 USA VINTAGE 1963 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR BLUES GUITAR - Rare Model, Great Character, Iindividual Looks, Great BluesTone & Volume! All Original except for replacement nut. Minimal Restoration I carried out inc. re-gluing 2 top braces, before sale to happy buyer in Shetland - VTG1367 - 130401 - Photo #6.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition/Character/looks/BluesTone - One of the Smartest I have seen! Sold to Gigging Bluesman/Bottleneck Player in Switzerland - VTG1394 - 130405 - Photo #5.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE c.1966/68 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - All Original Ladder Braced Great Condition/Character/Looks/BluesTone, one of the Smartest I've seen. Re-stringing & setup preparation completed before sale to well-known Singer/Songwriter from Manchester - VTG1446 - 131004 - Photo #2.

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2014 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H6128 USA 1975 BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - NEAR MINT! - Last of a Guitar-making Era! Ladder Braced Excellent "Time Capsule" Condition, Looks, Playing & BluesTone from "Big Daddy of British Blues" Perry Foster and sold to Regular buyer in Italy - VTG1467 - 140303 - Photo #3.

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2015 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H927 USA VINTAGE 1967 ALL SOLID BIRCH PARLOR ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR - Sold Quickly to Regular Buyer in Italy! - Excellent Original Condition - VTG1500 - 150402 - Photo #9.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY REGAL STELLA R200 USA VINTAGE 1967 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Ex-Perry Foster, Rare late dated Model (Database says '64-'66), Great Character, Restored Condition, Good Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! Fingerboard Re-Levelled & Re-Fret before sale to gigging player in Newcastle - VTG1482 - 150601 - Photo #8.

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2016 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY REGAL STELLA R200 USA VINTAGE 1969 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Rare even later dated Model, this time with factory fitted scratchplate not seen on this model before, Great Character, Really Excellent Restored Condition, Re-levelled & re-fretted Fingerboard, Good Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! to Buyer in N.Ireland - "hi bob,guitar arrived safe n well..its playing a lot better n sounds gr8..thank u 4 ur attention 2 detail,u obviously love wot u do..cheers" - after a return visit to raise the action for the buyer's Bottleneck play on heavier 13 gauge strings - VTG1510 - 160503 - Photo #10.

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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 USA VINTAGE 1964 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Restored with Re-levelled, Re-coloured & Re-fretted Maple Fingerboard, with Dot Inlays added in place of original painted position markers. Structural stability has been ensured by removing the back of the body to access and re-glue two loose braces, and the opportunity was taken to also stabilize the neck joint. Sold to buyer in Sicily! - VTG1535 - 161202 same model as Photo #4.

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2017 SALES:
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*** SOLD *** HARMONY STELLA H929 CHICAGO USA VINTAGE 1960s LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Really Excellent Cosmetic Condition, Prof. Overhauled, Low Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! Restoration completed having been reserved on "pre-order" for a customer from Lancashire - Buyer collected - after playing for a good time & very happy with it! - VTG1550 - same model as Photo #4.

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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 H927 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE 1970 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Really Excellent Condition, Good Action, Great Blues Tone & Volume! Restoration completed after reservation on "Pre-order", prior to restoration for existing customer in Bedfordshire! FEEDBACK! - "I think it will become a favourite of mine." - VTG1513 - same model as Photo #1.

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2020 SALES:
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*** SOLD ON PRE-ORDER! *** HARMONY STELLA H929 CHICAGO, USA VINTAGE c.1970 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH ACOUSTIC BLUES PARLOR GUITAR - Great Character, Professionally Restored to Really Excellent Condition, Good Action - Feedback - "Stella plays beautifully and I don't think it's too over the top to say that you (and of course Colin) have fulfilled one of my dreams. I first started listening to the blues over 50 years ago and to finally own the iconic guitar I'd always read about is still hard to believe - well worth the wait! Many thanks. - 200802 - VTG1555 - same model as Photo #4.

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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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