2.1. VTG RESTORATIONS - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - ACOUSTIC BLUES VINTAGE OM/GC GUITARS - HARMONY H162 & H165 & SILVERTONE H623 & S1214 CHICAGO, USA 1960S & 1970 MODELS.
Choice of Original, Prof. Restored Condition All Solid Spruce/Mahogany, All Mahogany or Spruce/Birch - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and available for "pre-order" - Individual Restored Prices Below.
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Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" Vintage Harmony Guitars - fully restored prices indicated below or available on request - meantime, showing photos of the selection of models available, before start of restoration - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration & available to "pre-order"!

A Full Set of Details of each of the guitars listed can be provided on request, but I have felt for some time that I needed to rationalise the amount of information confronting folks....hope it works for enquirers!
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Although demand has resulting in me spending more time these days in restoring Harmony & Stella Tenor Guitars, and Parlors, the "family" of Harmony Grand Concert Guitars remain some of my favourite guitars to restore.

Along with the H162 and the all-Mahogany H165 (as played by Lightnin' Hopkins) version, the Silvertone branded variants are also interesting.
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I have sold many 1950s and '60s Harmony OM size or Grand Concert guitars, as Harmony originally labelled them, over the years, in their standard variations of the same basic model/design.

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**** CURRENTLY AVAILABLE OM/"GRAND CONCERT" MODELS ARE.....
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HARMONY H162 CHICAGO, USA 1966 ALL SOLID SPRUCE TOP & MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC OM/"GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTG1514 - Price: £599 - photos 1 & 2 and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H162/87.htm

NOW "PRE-ORDERED"! - see full details "Restoration Completed" below - HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC OM/"GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTG1390 - Price: £599 - photos 3 & 4 and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database -
http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H165/89.htm

HARMONY H165 CHICAGO, USA 1970 ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC OM/"GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTG1552 - Price: £599 - photos 7 & 8 and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database -
http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H165/89.htm

SILVERTONE H623/S623 CHICAGO, USA MID-1960s ALL SOLID MAHOGANY ACOUSTIC OM/"GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTG1334 - Price:£599 - photo 9, but no link for any details or images on Harmony Guitars Database, but guitar is all solid Mahogany as H165, but with Tortoiseshell binding like H162.

SILVERTONE S1214 CHICAGO, USA 1969 ALL SOLID SPRUCE TOP & BIRCH ACOUSTIC OM/"GRAND CONCERT" GUITAR - VTG1407 - Price: £529 - photos 5 & 6, but no HGD link, but search HGD for S1214 (not H1214 which is an Archtone archtop) for photo images, but no other details...dimensions & structurally identical to other models here, except that back & sides are solid Birch, rather than Mahogany.

Set up for either Fingerstyle Blues or Bottleneck playing, or mixture of both - these are superb sounding acoustic blues guitars, with great looks, lots of vibe and historic All-American character - all original condition - an iconic Chicago made, 14 fret-to-the-body, Blues Guitar, with the Grand Concert waisted body shape....much more comfortable for seated play, than say the ever so numerous Dreadnought body guitars - all solid timber, ladder braced construction!

Links are provided to The Harmony Guitars Database, which unfortunately does not currently include full description pages for the guitars Harmony made for other brand names, but searching "Silvertone S1214" or the other non-Harmony branded guitars in the HGD search box does usually still bring up a series of photos, if no further description.
Condition
Individual condition report and repair/restoration schedules can be supplied for each of the guitars mentioned, on request.

All are in either entirely or essentially original condition....finish & colour in my view as good as you are likely to find on any guitars of this type, ranging between 50 & 60 years old - inevitably there is a little edge wear and minor surface chips/scratches...in the main, really the minimum for a vintage of this type and age, and I've seen quite a few! I hope that you will agree that the photos show that these remain handsome & characterful vintage guitars.

All the guitars are inspected in conjunction with the professional luthier I work with, in order to determine the schedule of restoration works required, whether it may include a neck reset or the need to re-level the fingerboard, on which if we cannot avoid losing the painted position markings, we do have stencils in order to replace them, or alternatives to install dot markers, etc. to retain the character of guitar as much as possible. Major jobs are carried out in the luthier's workshop, and the whole restoration completed under his supervision.

The original tuners do generally show some typical age-related discolouration but, in the main they work fine, amd are retained wherever possible, but if that is not practicable there are good options for repro parts or I do have a stock of original parts to call on. Original very good hard plastic nuts, are re-used whenever possible, but if not practicable replacements are individually purpose-made in Ebony or Bone.
Action, strings & cases
Following whatever restoration/repair works are required on the individual guitar, on completion of the set-up adjustments we will be looking for an action of around 2.5mm./3mm. at the 12th. fret, which I reckon that is ideal for an"all-rounder", good for Bottleneck play, but with fretting aided by the shorter scale length and consequent lower string tension, therefore ideal for a mixture of finger-style and bottleneck play. Within reason it can be a degree higher or lower to suit individual requirements.

Additionally these guitars could also be used for full-time slide with a nut riser costing no more than a few pounds. The sound is typically loud and pokey, just as a Stella should be - a great Bluesy voice! It has "That Sound" in spades - even, woody, bright, clear, ringing tone! They are usually strung with Martin Bronze Light or Martin Retro Monel Light gauge 12-54 strings, and really sound tremendous - and loud!

There is usually 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 somee 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, at the time of purchase, and if so 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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**** PREVIOUS SALES & "PRE-ORDERS" ****
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Previous sales have included one for which I purpose-made and fitted a new American Black Walnut bridge, and sold to Dave Beckett - Acoustic Blues & Roots - http://www.deebeeblues.com/....who came all the way up here to try it out, and went back with the H162 and also a nice little 1930s Harmony parlor. He was very happy with the H162, and last I heard had fitted an L R Baggs pickup & was gigging with it.

I am now finding that I "pre-sell" the majority of my guitars, certainly the vintage restoration Stellas and other guitars from the same era. Hence many, but not all of the guitars I have in stock are now listed on the website, in advance of restoration, or the stage where I am still working on them. This "Pre-Order" arrangement has now worked well for a good number of years....buyers reserving guitars coming through the workshop, in advance of them being fully ready, without any formal or binding commitment, and I welcome, and thankfully receive a steady stream of enquiries.

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**** DIMENSIONS ****
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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 - 40.5"/102.9cm., body width lower bout - 15.25"/38.7cm., upper bout - 11.75"/29.8cm., body length - 19.25"/48.9cm., body depth front - 3.35"/8.5cm., rear - 3.75"/9.5cm, with standard Harmony nut width of 1.75"/44.5mm. - just a tad wider than most modern acoustics - and a 25.25"/642mm scale.

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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, plus a second demo by James, for which he puts a question-mark against H165, and says it has Tortoise binding....that probably makes it the also all solid Mahogany Silvertone H623 I have for sale here and finally also Lightnin' Hopkins playing the H165 model guitar on "Going Down Slow", which is included in "Useful Links" below, to hear the great tone these guitars have!

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Video
Useful links
!966 Harmony H165?. Solid Mahogany/Tortoise Binding. Restored. by James Ralston
LIGHTNIN HOPKINS GOIN DOWN SLOW
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