Choice of Original, Prof. Restored Depression Era Square-Neck guitars - Great Condition, Character & BluesTone - ready to go "In the Workshop" for restoration, and available for "pre-order".
Selection of "Restoration to be Completed" 1920s & "Depression Era" Parlor 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!

These "Depression Era" & earlier guitars are always interesting....the old saying about 1930s USA guitars production, in Chicago & other centres...."Many makers, large & small, all making similar guitars, using similar materials & often the same parts, sometimes making guitars for each other, all making guitars for numerous distributors, usually using distributors own brand names....and nobody was taking notes!"

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.
I have sold many 1920s & 1930s from the other USA makers, apart from Harmony, including Kay, Oahu, Lyon & Healy etc.several Supertone models (Supertone was the pre-war brand of Sears, Roebuck) over the years.


BRONSON ART-DECO SQUARE-NECK 1930s LAP SLIDE ACOUSTIC - VTG1538 - Price: please enquire - photos & further details to be added, but Bronson Guitars, Detroit was founded after a split of the two founding partners of were made by other manufacturers...many later Bronson models by Harmony

OAHU SQUARE-NECK 1930s LAP SLIDE ACOUSTIC - VTG1358 - Price: please enquire - photos & further details to be added. Oahu Publishing Company, Cleveland, Bronson, Oahu had guitars made by other manufacturers.

NOW SOLD! - HARMONY STELLA H929 "HAWAIIAN" 1959 LAP SLIDE, BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY, BLUES, DOBRO GUITAR - VTG1539 Price: SOLD - - Sold immediately to Toby Wilson pro-musician & Online Session Player, from north Staffordshire! - Photos 1, 2, 3 & 4 and link to Harmony Guitars Database link:-

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

Set up with high action, tall nut fitting, essential for lap style slide playing, Dobro style - these are superb sounding, scarce and hard to find as square-neck, but straight acoustic guitars, rather than the more usual resonator square neck Dobros.
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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Can't find any of the Stella Hawaiian, but there are various demo clips of similar type Square-neck guitars, mainly from around the 1930s, and mainly Oahu brand you can see on YouTube....some have poor video or sound quality, but I have embedded & linked a couple of good ones......

"Oahu Square Neck Slide Guitar" by "Brad"....and..........

"Playing a 1930's Oahu slide guitar" by "Dan Howell".

....added to that a second additional link to a clip entitled "Breeze & Wilson - Jackie D Live at Quorn - Jan 2019" the gig immediately following the last time I saw them at the Floodgate Ale House in Stafford, at which Toby gave his newly arrived Ozark Square-neck Dobro it's first public airing, before he bought my Stella "Hawaiian"!

.....if that is not sufficient, try adding a dose of the maestro, Jerry Douglas giving a fresh slant on one of my all time favorites, Hey Joe..... Joe | The Jerry Douglas Band.

.........and then some regular "Transatlantic Sessions" playing, as the second additional link..... Douglas (Transatlantic Sessions, Glasgow Celtic Connections 1 Feb 2013)......there is much, much more where these came from!

Useful links
Playing a 1930's Oahu slide guitar by Dan Howell
Breeze & Wilson - Jackie D Live at Quorn - Jan 2019
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