PAGE 8.1 - PRE-ORDERED - VTG RESTORATION IN PROGRESS - BLUES VINTAGE PARLOR - HARMONY STELLA SUNDALE H902 USA 1956 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1423.
Rare example of an iconic design used for the front illustration on the "Harmony, The People's Guitar" book by Ron Rothman - "In the Workshop" to complete the restoration & already "pre-ordered"!
£479
Intro
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Preliminary Announcement - showing photos of the guitar with restoration part completed.

Update! - Already reserved for existing customer in Germany!
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One of several models in the "Colorama" range of Stella Sundale models, produced between 1955 & 1958, which as Jake Wildwood points out in his Blog, the link to which is below, "featured bright, automotive-inspired painted finishes rather than the usual natural or sunburst look."

Of those several colour schemes this is the iconic one that is widely known as the image on the front cover of Ron Rothman's excellent little book, "Harmony, the People's Guitar", on this link....http://harmony.rothguitar.com/

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I am now finding that I regularly "pre-sell" my guitars, at the stage where I am still working on them, and although previously I had my doubts, this arrangement has now worked well in quite a number of cases, so I have decided to list some of the guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, and welcome further enquiries.
Description
Stock Number: VTG1423.

An iconic Chicago made, 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 a three-quarter size version of the Stella H929 model (one of which I have in the workshop at present) which is much smaller, this being the full size model with standard Stella dimensions:-

Overall length - 36.25"/96cm., body with 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 H902 model identification ink stamp inside is clearly readable, and the date stamp of F-56, is just about readable, within some blue over-spray via the soundhole,indicating that it was made in one of the 1956 production runs.
Condition
Restoration work carried out to date, in the workshop of the highly respected professional luthier I work with, includes removal of body back panel, which was already partly detached, cleaning off back, rib edges & linings, re-gluing braces and re-fixing back.

Finish is mainly good/intact for age, but there are some scratches and other markings, typical for age, as shown in photos. Otherwise there are small pin hole adjoining the perimeter of the back, where some one previously attempted re-securing the back panel, without aid of professional assistance, or glue!

The back panel is one of the closest aligned we have ever achieved. Slight back panel crack, visible as a finish score line, at treble edge, lower bout, has been re-glued, but did not require cleating inview of proximily of re-glued brace.

Original fittings are generally good....original tuners show only modest age-related discolouration and work fine. Original wooden nut is chipped on the base corner, but otherwise intact & operational. Original metal tailpiece is intact, generally bright & shiny. Original wooden floating bridge is intact, but a little too low. It could be raised....see "Action..." section below.
Action, strings & cases
Action at the 12th. fret is lower than it needs to be on a shorter scale Stella, at around 2.5mm., but can easily be raised by adding black hardwood veneer fillet to the underside of the bridge. As it is, it does not play cleanly fretted above the 12th. This would not be an issue to a bottleneck player (although I would still wish to raise the action for that style), but to restore full playability all the way up the neck I would need to remove the original frets, re-level the fingerboard, re-finish it, including restoring the painted fingerboard position markers, and re-fret.

Strings can be fitted to purchasers choice, but I would normally re-string with Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings....with which these guitars sound tremendous - and loud!

There is no case (although the guitar will be well packed and securely boxed for posting), but I do have the odd period case, and may be able to supply one of the type these guitars originally came in, or alternatively I may be able to supply it with a virtually unused Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. These cases of course do offer much better protection, but even the smallest case produced by Hiscox does require a couple of their extra internal pads fitting, in order to hold the small guitar correctly. I will be happy to advise whether I can marry the guitar to a suitable case, and agree with you an inclusive price for Guitar + Case.
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PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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There are many clips of Harmony-made Stellas and the structurally identical branded versions, such as Silvertone, Regal & Airline, and I have embedded a Youtube clip, by "wsbluesbox" of a 1964 Stella H929, to demonstrate the tailpiece/floating bridge models. There are many other YouTube clips to be found, including ones by "62dan57", "keonling", and by Daniel Guareschi.

Additional Link #1 is to the H902 page of the Harmony Guitars Database, and Link #2 is to Jake Wildwood's Blog on the restoration of a Sundale H904 Stella....same age, same build, different paint-job!
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Useful links
Harmony Guitars Database - Stella Sundale H902
Jake Wildwood's Blog on Restoration of '55 H902 Sundale, incl. Soundcloud Audio Demo.
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