Choice of Original, Prof. Restored USA Harmony & Stella Terz Guitars - Great Condition, Character & Tone - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and available for "pre-order".
Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" 1940 & 1960s Harmony & Stella Three-Quarter or Terz 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!

I sell these superb little 3/4 size guitars as often as I can, both the all solid Spruce & Mahogany H162 & the all solid Birch Stella H929 3/4, but they are scarce and not easy to get hold off. The selection here also includes a similar but older Birch Harmony-made Supertone from 1940 - all real Gems, as there are definitely very scarce! A previous buyer of a Stella 3/4 said - "It's brilliant; I'm completely in love with it. I had bought it for use around the house but I'm now wondering whether I can turn it into a gigging guitar."

These Terz Guitars are the 3/4 versions - the little brothers! - of a couple of my favourite guitars, the Harmony H162 & the Stella H929, both in production continuously for 25 - 30 years, up to around 1970. They are very similar in dimensions to the iconic Martin Terz Guitars, and therefore equally suitable for that unique sounding Raised Third/Terz "G" Tuning, or other raised tunings. These are serious guitars, despite their small size, not toys in any sense, and I have sold as many as I can get hold of for some years now.

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.
On all the similar 3/4 Guitars I have sold, I have been particularly impressed by the unique sound they give, combined with great playability - these are serious guitars, not toys in any way! Small bodied 6 string and also 4 string/tenor guitars were popular in the USA, particularly going back from the 1920s/1930s on, so these 3/4 models were continuing a long tradition in American Music - but of course they are not made now, so are increasingly scarce and sought after by those who appreciate their appeal. You are looking at a guitar of basically similar dimensions to the iconic Martin 5/18 Terz guitar, associated with Marty Robbins and Bobby Gentry, in particular.
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/ 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 2.75mm./3mm. at the 12th. fret, which should be good for combined fretted and bottleneck playing, and just a little more string height than usual at the 1st. fret, aiding Bottleneck play, whilst the shorter scale makes fretting easier.

Although very small, these guitars punch like heavyweights - loud and strident - just what a pokey little Stella should be - but with it's own unique rather "old-timey" tone - hard to put into words, but there is a certain element of Banjo-ishness in the sound of the treble strings, as might be expected from the fretwire, but also with a nice rasp at the lower end, ideal for blues/ragtime and similar styles - but do believe it is not short on either tone or decibels! For full time slide playing, a nut riser can be obtained for a few pounds only!

They can be strung with either Martin Bronze or Retro Monel Light 12 gauge strings, for a standard pitch tuning, or Extra-light 10 gauge or Martin Silk and Steel strings, are probably a better choice if you will be using raised tunings. Depending on how it is played the guitar can produce a very 30s sound you might expect to hear on an old Gospel 78, and a high lilting chime, in a way somewhere between a 12 string acoustic Guitar and a Mandolin. For this some players tune them up slightly, but for this you would certainly fit lighter strings, and I have heard this model elsewhere, similarly sounding superb fitted with Silk & Steel Strings.

There is no case included with the guitar, and it is difficult to find cases to fit guitars as small as this, but I may have one of the original type & size, which would be adequate for home storage, if you are not concerned about it's condition, but no doubt you may be able to locate a modern alternative on the net. Finally what great Travel Guitars !!!

**** YOUTUBE ****

I have not yet seen a clip of a Stella H929 3/4 on YouTube, but there are excellent clips of the same size 3/4 version of the Harmony H162, showing in professional standard playing what can be done on a guitar of this exact same size, if of different woods construction. Firstly the clip by top-flight American Guitarist James Ralston, which I have embedded here, and secondly "Harmony 3/4 Parlor Guitar" by "Bravedog66".

For further interest I have also included as a "Useful Link" below another YouTube clip, this time by "imdrs" of a Martin 5-18 Terz Guitar, of the type referred to in the main description, but with the added twist that it is being played in "Nashville" or "Hi-strung" tuning.
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**** DIMENSIONS ****

A Superb Sounding late 1960s 3/4 Blues Guitar Of Great Character - do not be deterred by it's diminutive stature this is a serious guitar, and no toy! Nevertheless do please check out the description and photos, so that you are fully aware of the size of the guitar.

Sometimes the full-size Harmony Stella guitars are mistakenly described as three-quarter size. In order to illustrate the comparative size of the trus 3/4-size or Terz model, I have included a photo alongside "big brother" - the full size equivalent, in this case a Stella H931. The dimension comparison for the two models is:-

3/4 Model:- Overall Length - 32.5"/82.5mm. - Overall Width/Lower Bout - 11.25"/28.5mm. - Upper Bout - 8.5"/21cm. - Body Length - 15.75"/40cm. - Body Depth Front - 2.6"/7.2cm. - Body Depth Rear - 3.375"/8.6cm. - Scale - 21.5"/546mm. - Nut Width - 1.625"/41mm.

4/4 Model:- Overall Length - 36.25"/92.5mm. - Overall Width/Lower Bout - 13.25"/33.5mm. - Upper Bout - 9.5"/24.2cm. - Body Length - 17.75"/45cm. - Body Depth Front - 3.25"/8.3cm. - Body Depth Rear - 3.625"/9.25cm. - Scale - 24.25"/615mm. - Nut Width - 1.75"/44.5mm.

Stock Numbers & Prices: See below for list of current models available to pre-order, pending restoration.

HARMONY H162 3/4 OR TERZ 1969 ALL SOLID SPRUCE & MAHOGANY GUITAR - VTG1508 - Price: £599 - photos 1 & 2 & link to Harmony Guitars Database model details -

HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 OR TERZ 1965 ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1501 - Price: £499 - library photos 3 & 4 of previously restored example of the same model & link to Harmony Guitars Database model details -

HARMONY STELLA H929 3/4 OR TERZ 1963 ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1537 - Price: £499 - library photos 3 & 4 of previously restored example of the same model & link to Harmony Guitars Database model details -

HARMONY SUPERTONE "THE PREP" 3/4 OR TERZ 1940 ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1544 Price: £599 - photos 5 & 6 - no HGD link, but search HGD for "The Prep" photo images of various models in the Supertone "The Prep" range are displayed, but no other details...structurally similar to Stella H929 Three-Quarter/Terz.

Useful links
Martin 5-18 Terz Guitar in Nashville Tuning
Additional YouTube clip - Harmony 3/4 Parlor Guitar by Bravedog66
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