Choice of 2 Original, All Solid Birch, Ladder Braced, Prof. Restored Condition, Great Character & BluesTone - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration - available for "pre-order".
Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" Vintage Harmony Stella 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!


The page for "Wartime" and this page for "Bridging WW11 Years" Stellas, show the continuation in the post-war Stellas basic design & construction of the similar Harmony models of the 1930s into the long-running Stella H929, in continuous production by Harmony, in Chicago, from 1945 to 1970, without any major changes, and the many & various versions, both Stella & other branded models, all cosmetic variations of the one base design/construction.

What this illustrates is the direct line in the production of these guitars, progressing from the many Parlor models Harmony produced in the 1930s (a selection of which I can offer on the separate page devoted to 1930s & '40s Harmony parlors), from which the dimensions & ladder-braced, all solid Birch construction was transitioned into the post-war Stellas which Harmony produced after they acquired the Stella name, following the collapse of the Oscar Schmidt company around 1939/40.

In particular, check out the images of the pre-war Harmony H1030, and the virtually identical post-war Stella H930.
I have sold many 1940s, '50s and '60s Harmony-made Stella guitars over the years, in their many variations of the same basic model.....quite a few of them are included in the models currently ready to "pre-order" & restore, on this and adjoining pages.


NOW "PRE-ORDERED"! - see full details "Restoration in Progress" below - HARMONY H1030 CHICAGO, USA 1938 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1340 - PRICE: £599 - photos to be added & link to Harmony Guitars Database model details, but only the link for the tenor version shows any images - &

HARMONY STELLA H930 CHICAGO, USA c.1954 LADDER BRACED ALL SOLID BIRCH GUITAR - VTG1453 - Price: £529 - photos 1, 2 & 3 and link for model details on Harmony Guitars Database -

......more details on each of them will be added soon! ****

Set up for either Fingerstyle Blues or Bottleneck playing, or mixture of both - these are superb sounding parlor blues guitars, with great looks, lots of vibe and historic All-American character - all original condition - an iconic Chicago made, 12 fret-to-the-body, parlor Blues Guitar - all solid Birch, ladder braced construction!

The models on this page all have floating bridge & tailpiece which gives an advantage in the ability to make minute positional adjustments in order to optimise intonation, which can vary slightly if altered/open tunings are used.....see separate pages for other variations of the same basic Stella guitar...some with fixed bridge!

Links are provided to The Harmony Guitars Database pages on each model.
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 & 75 years old - inevitably there is a little edge wear to the painted bindings and other edges and minor surface chips/ the main, really the minimum for a Stella 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 & tailpieces 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 wooden floating bridges, wooden or very good original 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 3mm. at the 12th. fret, which I reckon that is ideal for a Stella "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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**** DIMENSIONS ****

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 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.

**** YOUTUBE ****

Disappointingly a search of YouTube did not reveal any demos of the pre-war Harmony H1030.....there are a number of clips of the post was Stella H930, but most of these are disappointing. The two I do like, which I've added as additional links below, are frustratingly both on later H930s, given a '70s makeover in 1971....same basic guitar structurally, just with a typical '70s adjustable bridge...but sounding good!

The embedded YouTube clip is entitled "Stella Acoustic Guitar" by "12Radius".....the guitar is more than likely to be a "Wartime" H917 (same as the one I have available?)....similar headstock & soundhole ring, although I can't see the tailpiece to confirm it as a wooden "Wartime" one....but certainly a similar date Harmony-made Stella...and I like the playing!
Useful links
Stella Harmony H930 by Ray V
Stella Harmony H930 - Made in USA! by CountryHitsUSA
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