5.1. VTG RESTORATIONS - AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER - ACOUSTIC BLUES/JAZZ VINTAGE ARCHTOP GUITARS - HARMONY CHICAGO, USA ALL SOLID WOODS, SOME CARVED TOPS 1930S/'40S/'50S/'60S MODELS.
Choice of Original, Prof. Restored USA Harmony Archtops - Great Condition, Character & Tone - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and available for "pre-order".
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Intro
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Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" Harmony Archtop Acoustics from the 1930s through to the 1960s, including Carved Top "Cremona" models - 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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I always look forward to being able to offer another vintage Harmony Archtop....particularly one from their Cremona "family" of models, having sold over the years many other 1960s and older model Montereys, Masters, Broadways from the range in of USA Harmony Guitars - this one is still in the workshop, but will shortly be completed and ready for sale.

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.
Description
Superb classic Harmony Archtop Acoustic Guitars, both from their top-line professional "Cremona" range, originating from around 1935 through to the early '50s, and the "Family" of Harmony archtops, again commencing in the late 1930s, including the Broadway, Master and Monterey models.

All models constructed from All Solid Woods, but particularly boasting a Carved Spruce Top and Maple Back and Sides for the Cremona range.

Clearly the Harmony Guitars Database listing (see link below), giving the production dates as 1935-1940, does not reflect the full span of production dates for the Cremona IV.....the photos there include a 1945 dated example with "Wartime" wooden tailpiece, although the 1946 dated example here may be about as late as they get.

On completion of restoration all of these will be a fully playable archtop guitars with the character that can only come from a true vintage guitar.
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. Within reason it can be a degree higher or lower to suit individual requirements.

They are usually strung with Martin Bronze Light or Martin Retro Monel Light gauge 12-54 strings, and really sound tremendous! Other specialist Jazz strings can be fitted as required.

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 superior protection to the guitar. 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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**** YOUTUBE ****
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YouTube clips of similar vintage Harmony archtops appear to be quite plentiful, with a few of Cremona IVs specifically. I have embedded one of these, entitled "Noodling on a Harmony Cremona - Scott Miller 2010 by hebjo11.

I have also linked below a YouTube clip of a later H954 Broadway, because, although brief, it gives the best musical summary of what these guitars are about in an appropriate playing style. There are other demos I would have liked to have been able to use, which show exactly the same H955 model as here, right down to the "Wartime" wooden tailpiece, but there is so much off-beam commentary, that I did not feel comfortable to link them here.

In order to include a guitar from the same era, of similar type, and with the "Wartime" wooden tailpiece.....again with commentary, I have linked another YouTube video below, from GibbonsGuitars....you will find also a couple more lower range Harmony Archtones, also wooden tailpiece equipped.
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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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**** DIMENSIONS ****
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Harmony Archtops typically come in two sizes:-

Grand Auditorium - 16 1/2" Body Width - Cremona Models.

Overall length - "/cm., body width lower bout - 16.5"/42cm., upper bout - "/cm., body length - "/cm., body depth front - "/cm., rear - "/cm, with standard Harmony nut width of 1.75"/44.5mm. - just a tad wider than most modern acoustics - and a 25.25/642mm scale.

Auditorium - 15 3/4"" Body Width - Broadway, Monterey, Master Models, etc.

Overall length - 40.25"/102.25cm., body width lower bout - 15.75"/40cm., upper bout - "/cm., body length - "/cm., body depth front - "/cm., rear - "/cm, 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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**** CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER ****
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Stock Numbers & Prices: See below for list of current models available to pre-order, pending restoration.
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HARMONY MASTER H945 1955 - VTG1277 - Price: £599 - photos to be added - link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H945/251.htm

HARMONY MASTER H945 1966 - VTG1150 - Price: £599 - photos to be added - link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H945/251.htm

HARMONY MONTEREY H950 1953 - VTG1402 - Price on enquiry - photos 5 & 6 prior to restoration and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H950/252.htm

HARMONY BROADWAY H954 1954 - VTG1142 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added - link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H954/258.htm

HARMONY BROADWAY H955 1944 - VTG1567 - Price: £899 - photos 1 & 2 prior to restoration and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H955/259.htm

HARMONY CREMONA IV H1304 1946 CARVED SPRUCE TOP, MAPLE BACK & SIDES - VTG1250 - Price £899 - photos 3 & 4 prior to restoration and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1304/55.htm

HARMONY CREMONA VI H1306 1940s CARVED SPRUCE TOP, MAPLE BACK & SIDES - VTG1471 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added - link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1306/56.htm

HARMONY CREMONA VII H1307 1940s TOP OF CREMONA LINE, CARVED SPRUCE TOP, FLAMED MAPLE BACK & SIDES - VTG1226 - Price on enquiry - photos to be added - link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database - http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1307/57.htm
Video
Useful links
Demonstration of 1943 Harmony Wartime Archtop Guitar by GibbonsGuitars
Vintage Harmony Broadway Acoustic Archtop Guitar So Clean by Brad
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