Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Hobby Players

Millions of hobby players have owned and played on Harmony guitars.
Now is your chance to tell us about you and your Harmony instrument!

It matters not if you have an original USA made Harmony or a newer import.
Just hit the comment button to leave your information!

286 Comments:

Blogger Scott said...

Well, I traded a brand new $1100 Ibanez a few years back when i just got started and got a 62 Harmony archtop acoustic that was sadly... pretty warped... anything after the 12th fret buzzed all the time. The action on it was almost like a slide guitar. I loved it just the same. In the trade were some other instruments too but it was the Harmony i loved. It was something about the archtop, the design, the F holes... and the thick durable design of it all. Anyways... I let it go for what it was worth about a year later and went through a whole slew of guitars until I came across a blonde meteor at the guitar shop that i frequented. It was the owners and he wanted to sell it. He thought it was a 62. I scrambled to find the money and bought it within 3 weeks. I love it. The plug had been ripped out, and took a bunch of wood with it... about a whole 8 inchs. It was repaired by somebody and the plug is back where it belongs but the repair aint that pretty. There is a hole on the top where the plug was obviously placed at one time after the break. Other than that... she is a beauty. It may have been re-laquered and the inside was very dirty. I went about carefully cleaning the area where the stamp is and found that it is a 59-1. Nice. Anyhow... I try to play daily and learn what i can when i can. Its a beautiful instrument and i love it. I have decided to take a page out of BB Kings book and name it... Betty, after my favourite blonde from the archie comics. I hope you all enjoy your Guitar as much as i do. Hell, I feel good just being in its presence.

November 24, 2004 at 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm trying to find out whatever I can about a guitar I've inherited. The lable says CUSTOM BUILT, CLASSIC GUITAR, THE HARMONY COMPANY, CHICAGO 9, ILL. #173.
Reading through many sites I've found no info. on Harmony custom made guitars.
Is anyone familiar with these guitars or can auggest sources?
I'd like to know about the manufacture, how this guitar rates in quality (or these guitars in general) when it may have been made etc. etc.
...................Thanks.............................

November 25, 2004 at 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a novice.....

I also have a Harmony I picked up this week.... built in Chicago. I could not find the model number inside on the gold oval Harmony "Classic Guitar" (custom built) manufacturer's label.

I then found a number above the gold label stamped in old faded black ink on the wood which reads 2155 H 173.

Do you know where I can look for the history of this guitar? It tells you not to use anything but nylon or gut classic strings. Why is this? .....a more mellow tone?

The wood is beautiful and a dark and deep finish. It has never had any electronics....

Looks like a classic....

I want to get some strings and see how it sounds. It also came with the original black hard case with a 60's style "Flower Child" sticker on the lid..... think where this may have been over the years... :-)

Thanks for anybody's help.

November 28, 2004 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a novice.....

I also have a Harmony I picked up this week.... built in Chicago. I could not find the model number inside on the gold oval Harmony "Classic Guitar" (custom built) manufacturer's label.

I then found a number above the gold label stamped in old faded black ink on the wood which reads 2155 H 173.

Do you know where I can look for the history of this guitar? It tells you not to use anything but nylon or gut classic strings. Why is this? .....a more mellow tone?

The wood is beautiful and a dark and deep finish. It has never had any electronics....

Looks like a classic....

I want to get some strings and see how it sounds. It also came with the original black hard case with a 60's style "Flower Child" sticker on the lid..... think where this may have been over the years... :-)

Thanks for anybody's help.

November 28, 2004 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too am a novice

My mother had been given a harmony for her birthday. it is a chicago classical guitar, with the number 6029H171 in black ink on the wood, and another marking in blue ink on the inside of the guitar F-70-AP and under that in really small faded ink is the words made in USA. It also had a black hard case with out anything on it, i was wondering if these guitars were a well known guitar of the time and if there was more value to it that you can still see the stamp of what i believe is a stamp of cirtifaction on the inside of the body?
if theres any way to please contact me at ddr4lifeshadow@hotmail.com

December 4, 2004 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

same person as in the last post she got it back in the 60 and it was given to her new.
any info would be apreacated.
ddr4lifeshadow@hotmail.com

December 4, 2004 at 8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please help me find out more info, on this great Harmony Acoustic Guitar.

The closest it looks to, it that Sovereign 1203 guitar, the body looks the same, as well as the bridge, but the headstock doesn't look the same.. no trussrod either.
And the pick guard is differn't
The pick guard on it that looks exactly the same as the 1971 Harmony model 942 Stella, without the etching on it....

I bought this Harmony Folk Guitar up in the state of Maine.
It's not a classical, it has regular straight tuning pegs. I have not found "any info" on this guitar anywhere. I have balled-end nylon folk guitar strings on it. Sounds great, plays great. Action on it is awesome.

Inside details:
Made in U.S.A. Chicago IL.
Model number 319-12390000 on the label in gold
5(or 3)then 995H1239 , On the inside wood, stamped
Also stamped on the inside F-75 (Fall 1975? Correct?) on the "bottom" of the neck joint inside the guitar.

I bought this guitar, because I always thought that Harmony was made in Japan or Korea.. You have a very awesome web site.. I hope you can help me identify this model.
I'll send you a picture VIA email, if you like...

December 7, 2004 at 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, forgot my email address for the post above.
If you have any info or want me to send you a pic,
email me at
ghostrelay@yahoo.com

Thanks,
"Happy"

December 7, 2004 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger lmgash said...

1961 Harmony H-75
My neck pickup is not working properly. When i switch this pickup on it sort of hums. Do you know when your guitar makes a slight noise that quiets when you touch one of the pickups. This happens when i touch the bridge and middle pickup but the noise actually gets louder when i touch the neck pickup. Any ideas or suggestions?
I love this guitar ( a hand me down from my dad, and the first guitar i consistently played) and would love to use it more often.

December 11, 2004 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Hey Jim... I got some digital pics of my '59 Meteor and wondered if you would like them to use on the site? Let me know. s_ewing_2000@yahoo.com

December 13, 2004 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger PK said...

I am looking for a new tortoise shell pick guard for my 1964 Harmony Sovereign. If anyone can help me, please email me:
pkraack@mindspring.com

Thanks, PK

January 16, 2005 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi folks...

Yep... got me one of them Harmony guitars. This one is a newer import... Les Paul style, two humbuckers, one volume and one tone knob, tune-o-matic style bridge, purple burst color
(center of guitar is purple which fades to black), three position toggle switch for the pickups. The guitar body wood is unknown, bolt-on neck is maple with what looks to be a very
light color rosewood fretboard. I paid something like $70.00
for it two years ago from Rondo Music in New Jersey. Serial # 012007. I tried giving it to a friend as a house warming gift
but for some reason they couldn't deal with having a pretty
nice guitar as a gift... so they gave it back to me some months later. Then I tried selling it to my nephew a few weeks
after he discovered girls... turns out he'd rather spend his money on other things at this point... so it has once again come back to me. Here it will stay. What I like about it is first the color... it looks great... second...it stays in tune remarkably well for such an inexpensive instrument. I may have gotten "lucky" with the sealed tuners on this guitar. It also sounds like a Les Paul... the cheapest Les Paul style guitar
I have ever come across. Unfortunately for me I play left-handed guitars... so I may use it as a loaner for my guitar students, and/or hang it on the wall as playable art.
The only problem I've had with it is the fretboard started showing signs of splitting because my nephew never cleaned it or maintained it in any way. I put some fretboard conditioner on it and it soaked it up like a sponge. Problem solved. I'd like to know when and where it was made... perhaps one day I'll find out. This is a remarkably well made and attractive inexpensive guitar, and I've never seen another one.

January 16, 2005 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY DAD USE TO BUY & SELL USED INSTRUMENTS IN THE EARLY 90'S, OLD HARMONYS USED TO CROSS HIS PATH QUITE A BIT.I MYSELF OWNED 2 EARLY HARMONY ARCHTOPS WITH F-HOLE CUT OUTS, 1 WAS A TOBACCO SUNBURST THAT HAD BEEN PLAYED PRETTY HAD FRETBOARD HAD SOME WEAR AND THE FINISH WAS WORN FROM SWEAT.THE OTHER WAS A LIGHTER SUNBURST WITH B/W ROPE BINDINGS ALL AROUND REALLY NICE GUITARS,GREAT PLAYERS I MISS THOSE THINGS, GREAT SIGHT.

January 25, 2005 at 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I GIG ALITTLE MOSTLY STREETS BUT I ALSO HAVE A ROY SMECK TENOR BANJO & 3 HARMONY UKULELES NOTHING REAL FANCY BUT I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF PLAYING A ROY SMECK VITA UKE SOUNDED TRULY MAINLAND WOULD LOVE TO OWN ONE SOMEDAY. ANY HOW THE BANJO PLAYS GREAT. BAKELITE INSTRUMENTS SOUND GREAT. MACCAFFERRI HAD A GOOD IDEA.

January 25, 2005 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
just bought a Harmony Sovereign 1203; I wanted a second gutiar to use in alternate tuning, to avoid too much breakage of strings by changing tuning all the time. The guitar has suffered some mistreatment ( filed out bridge and saddle to lower the action), bridge glued in place with lots of spilling near bridge), but it sounds verrrry good after I put on new strings (light gauge). Very slight lifting of the neck, but not enough to have a reset done. Neck straight and very easy to play. I'll try to put in a new saddle myself sometime. Pickguard has been changed, and while doing so the top was badly damaged, still the damage is more esthetical than structural. I plan to use this Sovereign in DADGAD tuning, to lower the string pull: the top has bellied a bit in the past, I don't want to pull off the bridge.
The wood is - generally - in very good condition; back and sides are solid, top has suffered (see above) and the finish has scratches; it has been played and thrown around, but seems ready to live ever after..
The machines have been changed: no 3-in-a-row, but single units.
I wonder when it was made: it has original 4594H1203 stamp on the inside on the back. I wonder where it has been...
I love the sound of this Sovereign; not too boomy or ringy, good definiton of every note played. I think it's a keeper :-)
Carry on the good work on this site, plan to return often. Good music, from Laser ( Belgium)

February 1, 2005 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger DON said...

I saw my first Harmony when I met my wife.Her father Had a Harmony Rocket with a single pickup.Reminded me of Chuck Berry's red Gibson.I recently aquired a Harmony Meteor in excellant condition.Would like to know how to determine the age.From pictures I've seen, it looks like a 1968.It's a tobacco sunburst with 2 pickups,tortoise shell pickguard,block inlays of MOP on the neck,double cutaway on body, plastic inserts in the f-holes.The most pleasant surprise is when I plugged it in.What a nice tone.My daughter thinks she's going to get it.Wrong! If anybody knows where to find information on dating a Harmony, please e-mail me at wolfgang45011@yahoo.com. Thank You, Don

February 10, 2005 at 5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruby says..
I have a Harmony, I bought in 1967 from a music store. It is sunburst
in color, with nickel frets and tuning keys, with mother of pearl inlay markers. Has a bigsby tail piece, with 3 pickups with individual control switches, with 6 sound control knobs. Made for Professional use, and uses professional strings only on it.
It is in excellent condition, and beautiful. My first guitar and will be my last..this guitar was made in the early 60's I think, I am Positive it came from the Harmony Guitar company in Chicargo.
It has it's identifying sticker inside still in excellent condition also. It is truly a piece of art.. It has been to Nashville, Tennessee for use in
recording some gospel songs on records. It is a Hollow body, with the most beautiful sound of all guitars ever..It's original cost in the early 1960's, was pretty expensive for that time...but worth it. It is all original.. It was, and is, my first love in musical instruments.. It is still beautiful as ever, and still sound wonderful.

February 14, 2005 at 1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first guitar was a gift from my uncle. It was a Patrician and given to me in 1962. (wish I still had it). I played professionally for 8 years in the 60's. I have just recently picked up a gold Stratotone. There is nothing on it to say what year it was made that I can see. I know they were made up to 1957 and then hollow bodys took their place. I understand they are very rare and very valuable according to the Harmony site. Does anyone know what kind of price these beautiful guitars bring. This one is in near pristine condition. Thanks for your help.

March 8, 2005 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all. Wondered if anyone has knowledge of Harmony model and/or serial numbers, specifically for ukes. I just bought what I think is a 50s or so Roy Smeck soprano uke with the headstock label missing. On the back of the headstock however, it says: "model 319, 12552100 Made in USA."

Anyone know how I can positively ID this? Thanks.

March 14, 2005 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger butcht said...

I purchased my first Harmony Rocket about three weeks ago and
quickly became addicted. I paid $200.00 for a Single cutaway 66 Rocket form Ebay. I just love the sound of the Dearmonds and the feel of the thick neck. This guitar
played through a 64 Fender Bassman sounds incredible.The only thing I don't like about it is the single cutaway, as I can't get to the notes above the 14th fret. So, today I purchased another form Ebay that is a double cutaway. I hope it plays as well as the other one. I guess I'll sell the first one if the double cutaway plays and
sounds as well, but I might keep it just for the extra pickups, as I saw a pair of Dearmonds go for $150.oo from Ebay this week. I have a question for other Rocket owners.Since the value of these fine guitars is not that great anyway, I'm thinking of replacing the tuners with Sperzel locking tuners and the Bridge with a Gibson ABR-1. I might also put a bone nut on it. Has anyone had any experience with changing out these parts? If I can get it set up right I'll probably keep it forever, so resell or vintage value is really no issue to me.I would welcome your comments. Please e-mail me at Sady7239@Bellsouth.net.
thanks!
Butcht

March 17, 2005 at 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a harmony consolectric steel Bj.ca 1940 exc.3 beine built in tweed amp guitar, that was given to me it is missing the 3 legs but works and is in good shape can you tell me if it is worth anything or something to hang on to. I would appricate any information thank-you my email is garylevering@aol.com

April 28, 2005 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Roy Smeck model semi-solid body guitar; Red body, with white edging. It it a double cutaway, with two pick-ups, and a beautiful instrument. I bought it for $35 at a flea market, about 10 years ago -couldn't believe my luck. It is identical to one I had in the Navy in early 70's, and sold (to my regret) for $25, when I was discharged. The "new" one is, I think, late 50's or early 60's vintage, has a great action, and plays very well. I wouldn't trade it for a Gibson of the same type, which it look like.

April 29, 2005 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice alot of questions but no one seems to answer-I also need info on a four sting(is that a Uke?)I have numbers but do not know where to go to check them out.All help would be appreciated very much. Reginalgreen@hotmail.com

April 29, 2005 at 12:50 PM  
Anonymous jonathan said...

Hi,

I acquired a guitar. It is a small four-stringed guitar. I believe it is a baby tenor guitar. There are no brand markings on the guitar, but there is a small sticker on the top that says:
"Harmony" in the logo
"REG. US PAT. OFFICE NO. 627,412"
then "The Harmony Company"
"Chicago, U.S.A."

If anyone has any information about where I can learn about either this particular guitar or baby tenor's in particular, I would be grateful. Just title the email Baby Tenor Guitar info. Thanks.

Email: whoami7891@yahoo.com

May 31, 2005 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous geoff ( UK ) said...

My first guitar was an Epiphone blackstone, dark sunburst archtop, circa 1937, given to me by my uncle who had suffered a stroke, and at an age (12) when I couldn't appreciate it fully.
Later in my life I bought a Harmony H75 from Andy's workshop in Denmark Street. God She was lovely, and such an action.
I just bought what was described on E-bay as a 1972 ' handbuilt in america' accoustic 12 string, bearing in mind that the seller had said it had been lovingly cared for, and the action was so sweet, that it didn't rip your fingers to pieces.
what arrived in the mail was certainly a harmony, but certainly not a 1972, ( I wish I had looked up a catalogue ), and the action so bad, that you'd need a steel press to hold down a barred A.
It has the guts to call itself an H 6820-12.
hey guys, this is one to avoid.

June 1, 2005 at 3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son is looking at a Harmony banjo and we are trying to find out about the brand. When were these made? Is it a good idea? Thanks.

June 13, 2005 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an accoustic single cutaway. Looks just like a Martin. The serial # is 0-1003. How do I find out how old and where it was made?

danames@charter.net

June 13, 2005 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey All,
I just bought a Harmony Sovereign 2098H 1260 at a Goodwill Store for $42. How'd I do? What year was it built.
Thanks,
Tim
Louisville, KY

June 15, 2005 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous INEXORUS (the band) said...

I just built a Harmony flying v body. I was driving home and saw the body in a garbage pile. It was split in half, missing one of the points, had nothing in it but 1 of the tune o matic posts. Lucky for this guitar I worked in a cabinet shop for 3 years. I glued, screwed, and bondo ed it back into a guitar. Oddly enough the other guitarrist had garbage picked a neck the week before and I made it work. The whole thing went together for under 50 bucks with random parts I had laying around the practice spot. If anyone is interested in pics drop the band an email and I'll take some. Inexorus@yahoo.com

July 5, 2005 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who ant information about th price of the Harmony company's gutars, juste go th this web site:

http://www.broadwaymusicco.com/Harmony19.htm

July 13, 2005 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a '58 H49 Stratotone Jupiter. What a fine guitar! The De Armond Golden Tone pickups sound incredible. Pure blues! THIS is the sound.

July 14, 2005 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
I need help with identifying a vintage harmony electric guitar…….
I purchased a 1963 vintage harmony electric guitar with a case and cable at garage sale for $45.00.

cool deal?

My problem is I don’t know the model.
The body looks like a fender Jaguar with out all those sliders and switches.
It has two pick ups and a rose wood adjustable bridge.

Does this make sense to anybody?
Can you help me?
Jake.

July 25, 2005 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Jaibo said...

Hi ,

I was given a Harmony Sovereign Jumbo acoustic about 15 years ago by my dad. I have no idea where it came from originally, but he had it about the same lenghth of time before me.
I understand thet the 1260 is the superior model, I have no serial number on mine- but have seen a few c560s on ebay and wondered if these were of a similar quality?

July 28, 2005 at 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a Harmony 1233? it has 1 pickup at the bridge and says Harmony on the head stock....Is it a Harmony Electric Acoustic

email me at coach_ee @yahoo.com
Thanks

July 29, 2005 at 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi out there,
I recently acquired a Custom Built Classic Guitar. Label inside says Harmony Co. 5675, #173.
Is there anyone who can give me some history or value of this instrument. It is in new condition, still in a case .
I would be forever grateful. Please e-mail me with your responses
JuaHein@aol.com
thanks

August 3, 2005 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous John said...

1965 Silhouette/Model H-19

I saw this guitar at a store in town a few days ago. I didn't know anything about it other than it looked cool as hell, and it played pretty nice. There was no price tag on it, so I aksed the sales guy how much it was. Without looking it up on the computer, he told he thought it was around $150. I thought for that price I'd definitely take it. Unfortunately, the computer told him they were asking $350 for it. I told him I'd go home and think about it, and that I might come back.

Fortunately, a quick search lead me the way to http://www.broadwaymusicco.com ..and the price guide there gave me good reason to go back down and haggle with the price a bit. I told the guy that I'd looked into it, and that I wouldn't give him any more than $250 for it. (still too much, I know) ..He thought for a moment, and said he couldn't take any less than $300 for it. I thought for a moment, and realized that I had $30 left on my store credit, from a pedal I returned months earlier, so I figured what the hell. I'm not much of a haggler, and I tend to want what I want, when I want it, so I took it away for $270. It came with a case that's in great shape, and after only an hour and a half of playing it I must say that I'm rather pleased with it's variety of sounds and it's playability.

If anyone wants to chime in and tell me how badly I got ripped off, I'd be happy to hear it. A search on Ebay hasn't lead me to any other H-19's, past or present, so I figure I got exactly what I paid for. Another vintage guitar that I'll play until the day I die.

This link will take you to a pretty choppy pic of it.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v172/Kudgel/12010b61.jpg

September 21, 2005 at 7:26 PM  
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Anonymous Christian said...

I have a '57 Harmony Master in the sunburst colouring, with the original pick-guard. The anchor that holds the strings to the tail has been replaced and does not look as good as the ones in the photos. I recieved this guitar from my grandmother many years ago. It had been left in her basement by a boarder who couldn't pay his rent. It has some cracks in the top on the F holes, but it still has a beautiful sound. I am wanting to get it restored, and will probably have the action lowered when I do this, as it is too high to play easily. I have a cheap guitar I bought in Mexico that plays beautifully with a nice tone, so I usually use that one. However for performance purposes, the Harmony looks much better. Any advice on restoration? Most guitar shops here don't think its worth it, but this isn't about increasing the guitars monetary value. If you have any advice that might be useful, please e-mail me @ ChristianWP@hotmail.com

October 4, 2005 at 12:20 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a blonde harmony single pu
has radio knobs, rosewood finger board with block inlays has a fleur-di- lis design in head stock and a harp tali piece. i think it says H 62 or 65 maybe i cant tell anyone know anything about this guitar.

October 24, 2005 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger agoldhorizon said...

hey, my name is jarrett, im 16 from brantford Ont. My uncle gave me a Harmony Bass guitar to learn on, and im looking for more info on it, all i know is that my uncle bought it back in the 60's-70's lol, the bass is very old but still plays pretty good... if anyone could get back to me on this, i would gladly send pictures in order for it to be indentified and whatnot... thanks

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My name is Victor & I live in Central Utah. I recently bought an old Harmony Cremona in a thrift store. It's a Blond Arch top with a single coil Kent WC-40 neck pick up(electronics work). It has tortise shell binding on the body & neck, & a white pick guard. The guitar is in pretty good shape (except for a 6" repaired crack on the back)and has the usual wear for a vintage guitar. It has Mother of Pearl inlay on the neck and has a beautiful & ornate head stock. The HS is Tortise shell with a stamped "Harmony" & "Cremona" lettering, gold on a white background. On the inside the seriel number is 2704H1300, as well as the model#-S48. It also came with a 25 watt Harmony H400 tube amp. Can anyone give me some info on this beauty, please?
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My name is Victor & I live in Central Utah. I recently bought an old Harmony Cremona, Blond Arch top with a single coil Kent WC-40 neck pick up. The guitar is in pretty good shape except a 6" repaired crack on the back. It has Mother of Pearl ilayon the neck and has a beautiful & ornate head stock. The HS if Tortise shell with a stamped "Harmony" & "Cremona" lettering, gold on a white background.
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November 9, 2005 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger lairdog said...

Hello All,
I am trying to determine the value of a vintage Harmony electric guitar given to me several years ago by my father. It is a Les Paul copy in sunburst. I can email pics.
Thanks, Lairdog lairdogslair@yahoo.com

November 13, 2005 at 12:40 PM  
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Hello,
I am trying to determine the value of a vintage Harmony electric guitar given to me several years ago by my father. It is a Les paul copy in sunburst, two pickups, great condition. I can email pics.
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November 13, 2005 at 12:42 PM  
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I have on old Harmony solid body electric that is identical to a Fender strat. Keys on one side pickguard identical with 3 pickups and I can't find out any info on it. If anyone can help me please let me know davidjones85@netzero.com Thanx David

November 24, 2005 at 2:04 PM  
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Hello James,

Thanks for providing this great reference site for Harmony guitars. I just became the proud new owner of ah H15 exactly as shown on your identification page. The problem is I think the pots are going south. I've tried cleaning them, with no noticable improvement. They seek ok when turned to full volume, however as I start to crank back on them volume fals rapidly and is replaced by a serious hum. Would you agree with my diagnosis? What do you recommend as resistance values for rthe replacements? I can make out R-15 & R-20 on the sides of the originals. I'd hate for this to be a cap problem, as I'm sure those big glob caps give help toi give this guitar its wonderful sound. Thanks so much. Stacey (gmarten@hotmail.com)

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Anonymous lisaktel@aim.com said...

hi I have a 12 string harmony model no. H 570-12, says its made in korea just trying to find some info on it, dont want to sell, its to beautiful and sounds heavenly. thanks!!!

December 20, 2005 at 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Lester said...

Hi:
I just picked up an early 60's Harmony Meteor that seems mostly original except that the metal pickguard braket is missing. Anyone know where I might be able to get my hands on one...either vintage or reissue?
Thanks,
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December 27, 2005 at 12:22 PM  
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Anonymous spasquino said...

Maybe you can help - my husband & I just inherited a 1967 Harmony Sovereign 1203 and we're trying to determine it's value in case we need to insure it. We know it is all original with the case and has been kept at my husband's grandfather's house and rarely played. Can you help us figure that out?

Thank you!

January 7, 2006 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I am trying to find info about a student guitar I bought at auction for $2.00. The numbers are 01249, with an 8 to the left of the 'Harmony' stamp, and an "S" on the upper right. It also says Made in China, which leads me to believe it is from the 70's or later. I think the pattern on the front is called sunburst, and it covers the entire front fading into a dark edge.

I'm sure this is not a "Classic", but for 2 bucks I couldn't go wrong! I am not a guitar player, so my daughter and I are going to learn together.

Thanks for any help-Valerie S.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, just stumbled on this site.

I had two Harmony guitars in the early 80's. I was enamored with the Les Paul, so when I saw guitars in the JC Penny Christmas catalogs, I immediately asked for one.

My first guitar ever was a Harmony Les Paul copy. This was a brown satin finish, with two black open coil humbuckers. The design was a copy of the Gibson "The Paul" Les Paul. It came with a package deal with a 10 watt Harmony amp, which had a volume, tone, and tremolo control. I still have the amp, and it still works.

The second Harmony LP copy was a gloss sunburst, with two chrome covered humbuckers, bolt on maple neck.

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Hi Harmony lovers,
I have just ran across a 12 string acoustic Harmony that my husband bought back in the late 60's or early 70's. I have looked at all the pictures and none have the same look that this one has. It has a full head with a design in the middle of the string winders. I've been unable to find any numbers or letters in the body, I'm going to keep looking, but if anyone can help, please e-mail me at zethywinters@yahoo.com, and put something about the guitar in the subject area so I'll know its not a spam please. Thanks alot, and happy playing.

February 9, 2006 at 11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please help, I just bought what appears to be a 1959 harmony rocket, it is the one pickup single cutaway model. It is pretty rough and it looked like someone had replaced the pickup along the way. It is a chrome covered humbucker with 6 adjustable pole pieces and a black plastic trim ring. I took the electronics out of the guitar and it all appears to be original? The bottom of the pickup says made in japan-15414. I have never seen this pickup on this guitar, can this be the original pickup? The hole for the pickup in the guitar is pretty hacked up.
Please email me at:
alanhoggard@hotmail.com
Thanks

February 10, 2006 at 12:26 PM  
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February 10, 2006 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. My Father bought a Harmony guitar in 1949 during the Korean War. He was coming back from a 4 day pass in Sasibo, Japan. The guitar has remained at home for years and when he passed away in 1992, it was passed to me. I am having it rebuilt as time has warped the neck and split the seams. I'm curious as to how it should look to try and keep it original?

February 13, 2006 at 5:03 AM  
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I was getting strings and all i had was a 20. the guy couldn't make change because the store was going out of business. So he said "well what else might you be looking for?" i was gonna just take a strap. But i pressed my luck a little, "well what i REALLY want is an acoustic, i just gave mine to my papaw for his birthday"

i had been playign this stella there and he gave it to me for the change on my strings. 14 bucks man. I like the guitar a lot it's got a smaller scale and a pretty unique red design. i gehri-rigged the bridge with cardboard, it had a piece of like, solder on there originally. I'm not sure when it was made, I'm thinking 60's but it might be older than that. If anyone can help me out with dating it, i'd really appreciate it, it's my favorite guitar.

my email's detectivemacho@gmail.com

February 14, 2006 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I have just been given a Harmony Paloma guitar I believe it to be very old possible late 1930,s or maybe 40,s i believe it was given to my nan by the yanks at the base down the road during world war2 I am in the uk I would like to find out more about this guitar. It has a small ballerina near the centre hole but this could have been added later

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Anonymous Banza said...

I got a Harmony Sovereign 1266 flattop in 1967 while growing up on a little farm in the Swan River Valley, Manitoba, Canada. By 1977, the neck joint was loose so I carefully removed the neck with steam and a hot knife, re-shimmed the sides of the dovetail and repaired it. I gave it to Al Racketti who was the guitar teacher at the original Winnipeg Folklore Center 107 Osborne St. A couple of years ago, I heard that Al passed away. That was a great guitar! Those were great days and made wonderful memories!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son just bought a 1204. It needs a pickguard (the swirly type). Does anybody have one that they would part with? Also, I've seen 1204's from 1971 with and without headstock binding. Is the one with binding a deluxe model?
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April 17, 2006 at 8:33 AM  
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I purchased a lap steel Harmony and amp, I believe in 1947. Would anyone know what it would be worth today???
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April 26, 2006 at 1:06 PM  
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I have a blond arch top Harmony I bought in 1959 in Monterey California. Serial Number 1015H1214 date stamp 6-57-T

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I have a 1962 H49 Jupiter with two of the tone/ volume knobs missing. Does anyone know where this mini-shaft bakelite/plastic knobs can be found???
Thanks!

May 22, 2006 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

I inherited a 1959 H45 Mars hollowbody electric when my dad passed just before Christmas, and although I have been playing guitar since I was 12, I never played his electric until after he died. I got it sticky with nicotine and tar, and dirty, with only 5 strings.....Well, I took it apart, washed the hardware in the sink, and scrubbed down the body with a Norwex cloth (dense fibre, no chemicals needed). Put it back together, put a new set of D'addarios on it, bought a new cable for it, and plugged it in to the '59 Fender Champ that came with it. Great sound!! I didn't like the wimpy Champ, even if it was a good tube setup. I sold it on Ebay, and got a Johnson Millenium AND a Fender G-DEC for it. Well, the JM150 really made this guitar come alive. From what would seem a cheesy single pickup with very basic electronics, serious jazzy sound issues forth. I love this guitar. I've got a Peavey electric, an Ibanez and an Oscar Schmidt hollow body, but this Harmony is light as a feather, and sounds like a million bucks. Nice, tight action, and smooth, baby....real smooth. Next , I want an H75, or maybe a Patrician.....we'll see. I have to sell to make room on my guitar wall.

May 31, 2006 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Brad Coffman said...

I have a 1957 Harmony Hollywood, hollow body, archtop, electric. I rescued it from a pawn shop recently. No splits or cracks, neck is straight and intact, no separation. Tuners, bridge, pickguard and screws are all original. One problem, it is missing the Hersheybar pickup and on/off/volume switch with cable and outboard jack.
I've looked on ebay and swap meets, can't find one. Anybody have any ideas where I might find this item? Got one?

BC
unkie2cool@yahoo.com

June 18, 2006 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger creativek said...

I bought an old guitar at a yard sale last summer. It is a hardbody electric, pale yellow, single pickup, with bronze-y coloured pick guard and neck. It is a strange little beast, shaped like Paul McCartney's early bass... but almost eukele small. It has Harmony written at the top of the head. It has a very high bridge. It looks like a 1950's - 60's style, based on the colour. Can anyone help me identify this? I love it, but I don't know it's name.

August 1, 2006 at 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a 66' Harmony Rocket since 76' it's cherry red with two pickups. I just it it's my favorite. A few I bought a Harmony Stratotone with one pickup,this is a 67' model it needed very little work and new tuners it plays great.

August 2, 2006 at 5:27 PM  
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I hope that Harmony would make more re-issue classics for Rockets, Stratotones, Bobcats, and the other classic models.

August 2, 2006 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

When I was in high school in the mid-80s, one of my buddies bought himself a really cool 1969 Harmony Rocket guitar from a secondhand store, and used it on stage for a while. After a year or so, he bought himself a Telecaster, and he sold the Rocket to me for $90. It has been my baby ever since. It's a red two-pickup double-cutaway model. Of course the pickguard has since broken, but I still have the pieces and the mounting bracket, so I've been meaning to try to fix it instead of buying a new reproduction guard. Although I now own several other guitars, this one is by far my favourite because it's a nice light guitar with a great sound, and besides, it looks really cool. I took it to college with me, and one of my friends liked it so much that he went out and bought one himself. I have been on the lookout for another cheap (and by that I mean inexpensive) Rocket, but they seem to be quite popular and the ones offered on eBay are mostly out of my price range, or get snapped up by dealers. I would also like to find a real Harmony Stratotone, not one of the many copies and knockoffs made for other companies. The 'atomic note' logo is my favourite guitar insignia.

August 4, 2006 at 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an old Harmony student guitar I would like some info on, it was bought in the early seventies. The serial number is H-6340 with a steel reinforced neck. It was my bang around and lesson guitar when i was young. I recently put some new strings on it and was blown away by the rich open sound. I would really like any info someone could share. Th instrument says "The Harmony Company Made in the USA". Thanks Jwedge1726@aol.com

September 13, 2006 at 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi
i purchased a harmony guitar about 2 years ago and what i can tell it is an exact replica of a gibson 335 model,it has est 1892 on the headstock and i absoloutly love it.
The place i bought it from told me it was about 20 years old and there was only a limited number made.
The guitar plays great and looks fantastic, however i can not find any information or even a picture of my guitar anywhere not even on the net so i would appreciate it if someone could help me identify it and give me some information on where it was made etc.and maybe there is some one else out there that has the same model.
I can not find any info on the guitar i.e model number etc.
Thanx for your help....mick.

October 10, 2006 at 4:28 PM  
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i purchased a harmony guitar about 2 years ago and what i can tell it is an exact replica of a gibson 335 model,it has est 1892 on the headstock and i absoloutly love it.
The place i bought it from told me it was about 20 years old and there was only a limited number made.
The guitar plays great and looks fantastic, however i can not find any information or even a picture of my guitar anywhere not even on the net so i would appreciate it if someone could help me identify it and give me some information on where it was made etc.and maybe there is some one else out there that has the same model.
I can not find any info on the guitar i.e model number etc.
Thanx for your help....mick.

October 10, 2006 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger dannosaur said...

Hi all-
While in college in 1990 I blew up my Fender Twin, and couldn't afford to have it repaired. An aquaintance offered me an early 60's Meteor in fine shape in trade-I jumped on it and have never regretted it. I installed Klusons and removed the scratchplate (it got in my way) but it remains stock otherwise. A recent left hand injury has me leaning on the Meteor more than ever because of the short scale (I also have a Tele Custom and an Ibanez Artist). Long live Harmony!
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello-
Looking for help in identifying the model and year of what appears to be a Harmony Folk Acoustic guitar. Received it from a relative who was cleaning out closets. Numbers inside the body are 6657H12291 and an upside-down stamp of 01901. Thanks!

November 14, 2006 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all,
I'm from Italy, so please would you excuse my english.
I found in my uncle's cellar a guitar, he bought many years ago when he was working in NYC, an Harmony Patrician H1407, with several scrubs on the top. It has been my first guitar. Great sound and great look-like. Now I'm interested to know the value of this guitar forecast a restoration work by a professional luter. If anyone can help me I'll send pictures, please contact me at giancarlodonofrio@tiscali.it.
Thanks a lot.

December 9, 2006 at 3:06 PM  
Anonymous JWF said...

Hi--
I'm wanting to learn what year my #162 folk Harmony was made. The date stamp is long faded away. The serial number is 4939H162, but it looks like there might have been another digit right after the "2," maybe a "1." Where can I date Harmony guitars by serial number please?
Thanks-- JWF

December 21, 2006 at 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have a Harmony guitar i believe, that i cant find any info on. Its called a Marwin Triumph, and is a f-hole, archtop 6 string acoustic. I picked it up in Helensburgh, Scotland. Any info about this guitar would be appreciated. Its serial number is 4770H1333. I have photos of it if anyone is interested. My email is antony2112ATyahoo.co.uk

It really is a nice guitar with a very nice action. Ive had it about 15 years, and had some restoration work done to it, but i am thinking about selling it on perhaps. Good site this. Would be good though if it was possible to add a Harmony guitars serial number and photos, to try and get info about all the Harmony guitars that where ever made. Thanks for any info. Kind regards, Antony.

January 5, 2007 at 3:20 AM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

Hello, Harmony owners! I have a Harmony Master. I dont know how to read the sn#. It's 3157H945. I would be very grateful if someone could tell me what my archtop is. I suspect a 1957,mdl.945.Thanks, please email me at wayne066@peoplepc.com

January 16, 2007 at 8:16 PM  
Anonymous Denis said...

I bought my H54 Tobacco sunburst Rocket around 1965 here in the UK. I just loved the look and sound it made. Over the years, I sold my amp, and the poor beast just sat in the attic in it's original case. About 15 years ago, I tried half heartedly to get it playable, but ran out of motivation.
Last year, I decided enough was enough and got a guitar wizard in Manchester to do the job properly. She came back looking and sounding greater than ever, but with a warped neck that means playing above the 5th fret is VERY hard. So I have just bought a replacement neck on eBay which I am waiting for.
She's a Spring 1960 model, so I am going to celebrate her 47th birthday along with my 58th in 6 weeks time.

February 16, 2007 at 2:11 AM  
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March 11, 2007 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone tell me if a Harmony Cremona (the # inside is 282H1307) has any value, and if so, about how much? If you think it has any value, I can send a picture of it so you can see the condition. I would say it is in fair (a few scrtaches and light cracks) but overall not bad...

Thanks,

JC
jcbrelo@verizon.net

March 16, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

I have a Harmony archtop,tenor guitar with 4459H950 stamped inside. Does anyone know about this guitar? I've had since 1960s.

March 19, 2007 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

I have a Harmony Tenor Guitar from around 1960s. It has inside 4459H950. Archtop, redish. Anyone know about this guitar and maybe its worth or history?

March 19, 2007 at 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I have a Stella Harmony tha i believe to be a 1960 model. I found what appears to be a serial number. It's 118H 929 and i'm not sure what it is exactly. I got it from my aunt and used it for the first year of my guitar lessons. It has some major problems with tuning, because the nuts didn't want to turn. It went copletely out of tune and not even the guitar repair shop can fix it, so it's stuck that way. The date is worn almost completely away, but i found a guitar that looked exactly like it on the inernet, and it said it's 1960. I really want to find out it's value, so if anybody can help me out or give me a link to a place that can, you can contact me at ryan.fordgt@hotmail.com, and if you try to spam me, i have junk mail activated, so it will just send spam to junk mail automatically. thanks to anybody who helps.

March 24, 2007 at 8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anybody ever seen a eddie peabody stratotone ?
i thought he was a banjo player?

March 27, 2007 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Brian H. said...

A friend from Michigan gave me his early seventies H6128 Stella. It's in NH now, and all original. I usually use open tunings and play slide. Glass and metal slides, sometimes vertical with slide on pinky, sometimes horizontal with slide in palm.
I like Furry Lewis and Bukka White.

March 27, 2007 at 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Bruce Howarth said...

I am baffeled. I just was given a Harmony H303 guitarby the original owner. She bought it in the early 60's and it has never been played. It's Sunburst, has a quilted maple back, and is 34" in length. It is also labeled "made in Taiwan'. My research indicates there are only amps with the H303 model # and that Harmony didn't make guitars overseas. Can anyone help me?
Bruce Howarth
Homestead, Fl
bhh15@hotmail.com

March 28, 2007 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Brian E said...

I got a rosewood Larivee, a d12-28 Martin, a Taylor 555, a 1953 Martin 0-18 and a HARMONY H162. I play the Harmony alot more! I love the H162s..good and basic and a brighter sound than the Martin!

April 8, 2007 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im looking for a used yet plable harmony stella any one knows where i can find one i indiana post something please

April 14, 2007 at 10:23 PM  
Anonymous George Collins said...

I have an Asian Harmony hardtail that I have not been able to identify. My luthier says it's a 70's but he's never seen one quite like it. I read once that the only way to value a Harmony is how much you'll or how much you will take. This is the truth, my hardtail is a Les Paul knock off with the most fantastic neck you have ever fingered. I found this at a yard sale for $120. walked away, went back the next day and offered $100. and took it straight to my luthier, new nut, set neck, new control knobs (Les Paul's). For years I yearned for a true Les Paul, played many owned by friends. You would have to pry this Harmony out of my cold cold hands. She is so smooth, the action on the neck equals and exceeds any Les Paul I have ever played. After a modest repair bill I enjoy her for under $200. and she will "walk the dog". I would like to find out the model number or model name. Am not interested in value, I already have that *smile* Looks just like a Les Paul with the groove around the outside edge that my luthier said he had never seen in a Harmony. Have Pics, any help identifing would be appreciated.
BC

April 30, 2007 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger napoleon_67 said...

Hello everyone,

I have been interested in harmony guitars since I was 17 years old. I have always been into vintage cheapo guitars, but I got to understand pretty quickly that they weren't cheap. Equipped with DeArmond's, the best PU in the history of music in my opinion, they where just great deals for the money.

I have been in the guitar building industry for 16 years now, building high end classical, acoustic, and electric guitars for various companies. It's a very "serious" craft, so harmonys are sort of like "desert" for me. It's the guitar that brings back the happy vibe I used to feel when I first started playing guitars.

Some of my heroes played Harmony's, like Spencer Davis Group, ( Jupiter and H-22 bass), Ronnie Lane from The Small Faces played a H-22 and H-27 bass, Keith Richard and Dave Davies played Meteors. Man, I'm sure they had the money to buy anything they wanted, but they went with the Harmonys...

I own a Mint 1966 Rocket, and a Mint 1960 Meteor, a Fair 1962 H-162 flatop being restored, and a dead mint 1958 H-303A amp. ( 3 watts, all tube, with a boss EQ, a Electro harmonix reverb pedal and a Boss Blues driver pedal, It's the BEST little living room amp money can buy, and I have owned a Fender Princeton,Champ, Traynor guitar mate...... Not as good)

I have a question for all you bloggers out there. I bought an extra Mustache pickup (8.79 ohms) to maybe replace the gold-tone neck pickup on my Meteor.
Does anyone think I might gain a bit of clarity since they have poles instead of just a metal cover? That one's a keeper so I don't mind having two types of PU on it...

Thanks,

Harmony's are great

Napoleon_67

June 16, 2007 at 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Jo from Brooklyn, NY said...

I have owned a Sovereign 1260 since about 1969. I work in a school, and recently started playing it again, teaching guitar to some high school students. I looked for another 1260 to use at school so my original would not get hurt, and found one. Only problem is that it needed some neck work...and then some more work... and then the truss rod broke... Any advice on replacing the truss rod without breaking the bank? Many thanks!

June 19, 2007 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger nadorozny2001 said...

i need a whamy bar for my harmony silhouette. would somone who has extra parts be willing to part with a whammy bar.

July 5, 2007 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I have just bought a new to me harmony bass guitar, the Ser # on it is 4DFP-2B. From what I have read it is not a true Harmony but a copy made out side the USA. Does anyone know a site I could use to figure the year that this guitar was built. Thanks for your help.

July 22, 2007 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous jmo said...

I have an old nylon string classical guitar that belonged to my father. It was the guitar I learned to play on as a kid. After he passed away 12 years ago, the guitar took on a more sentimental value, and it has been sitting in the old chipboard case, rarely played since. Even before putting it in storage, it had developed two cracks on the top, and I was always afraid it would one day break. Well, I had some custom work done on my Martin guitar (bone nut/saddle, etc) at a well respected guitar shop, and I inquired about repairing this old nylon string classical. After seeing the quality of work he did on my Martin, I knew I could trust the guy with my old classical guitar. It had 4 broken braces inside, and needed some cleats install for re-enforcement. I also had him re-glue the bridge, polish the frets, and a basic setup and cleaning. He asked me if I knew what kind of guitar it was, and I said I really had no idea. He said some aspects of it reminded him of a Gibson nylon. However, when I got home, I searched the internet for "this guitar is designed for use only with nylon or gut strings" which was on a sticker inside the body. As it turns out, it is an old Harmony classical. I can't quite make out the numbers that are stamped in ink just above the sticker, but it is definitely a Harmony guitar. My father owned it back in the late 60's to early 70's. Now, after the repairs it is better than new. It plays and sounds very good for what it is. I am glad I found this site and more information about this old guitar.

July 28, 2007 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,Harmony luvvers...
I once had a 3/4 student stella which i trashed when i got tired of getting beaten over the head by my parents about taking lessons and reading when all i wanted to do was play r'r...
anyway,i finally got around to learning again almost 40 years later the way i wanted all along and i never forgot that li'l harmony. it makes me sick at heart to think of it sitting in a landfill somewhere after my ex tossed it.
so,in honr of that sweet little guitar i have been collecting all things chicago harmony.
i have a harmony 5-string banjo,
a 1260 sovereign jumbo,a h-75 3pup es335 copy (with a low action and GREAT tones!),a broadway,a single pup stratotone,a montclair which someone electrified, another newer acoustic which i can't recall model # as i gave it to my stepson.
someday i want to upgrade the tuners on the h-75 and montclair as the stock tuners don't stay in tune very well. the montclair and h-75 sound good and nasty overdriven with a boss blues driver thru my '70 fender champ amp.
i have been watching stratones and h-75's on ebay for a few years now and lately,it seems,their value has been going up-fairly rapidly.
harmonys got an unfair bad rap because so many were sold thru catalogs and were never set up properly. my old stella had an action so high that it was impossible to play and that added to the frustrations.
i forgot to mention a 12-string stella that is in my garage...it is unplayable and untuneable as the tuners bent and rusted.
my local crap music shop refused to fix it saying it was not worth the cost.someday i will get it running.
long live Harmony!

August 4, 2007 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger beak said...

I have a 1967 redburst semi-hollow Barclay guitar with original case. ANyone interested?

August 24, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i came across a 53 monterey archtop a few years ago that was a basket case. the neck was warped, back was off, you get the pic. after reattaching the back and rebinding it i peeled the fingerboard off and planed the neck straight enough to make it playable. when i did that, i had to remove the bridge adjusters. the local music store had told me that i had a real nice "wall hanger" and wouldnt perform the work on it for me. so after the afore mentioned tweaks, it played fairly well. i aquired another axe, name brand not important, so i now have the 53 dismantled again. i removed the fingewrboard and installed a 1/4 inch thick layer of oak over the neck, to return my fret board to a height allowing the bridge adjusters to be used. my problem is that when i removed the fret board i anhialated the rosewood. its a 20 fret fingerboard, but is it the "Martin" 25.34" scale that can be ordered from stew-mac? i would even consider a harmony fretboard if i knew where to find it.
address any comments to, wizrdus@yahoo.com. any help would be appreciated greatly, since the music shop thinks so highly of ny guitar

August 26, 2007 at 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This message is for the person who posted right above me. I've got a 58 Silvertone Jimmy Reed Thin Twin that needs to have the binding redong. I'm thinking about doing it myself. Can you give me some tips on doing binding? How did yours come out? Please email me at myplasticsoul@yahoo.com

thanks

P.S. Anybody that knows about doing a binding job and is willing to give me some pointers is welcome! thanks

September 14, 2007 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger chloegirl said...

Help! I'm trying to accurately identify a Harmony tenor guitar that I picked up a few months ago. I think it's a 950 Monterey Tenor. The numbers in the box are 4010 H950. There is also the following number/letter combination in an oblong circle. (UV 828) It has 2 tuners per side with a sunburst arch top. The pick guard is missing. Anyone who might have a pick guard that would fit the above - I'd pay what ever the market would bear.

September 14, 2007 at 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Dave Seafler said...

I think it's great to read all these comments re. Harmony guitars.I started thinking about the '66 metalic gold Airline (H14) I received for Christmas in '66 or '67 and started to look for one. I ended up with a '66 Harmony labeled H14 (brown sunburst).I payed $275 on Ebay and I think I got the bargain of the century! I don't remember my Airline sounding or playing like this thing does.Of course I suppose the Fender 212 has a lot to do with it but I've let a few other people who are far better players than me play it and,after they get over how small it is,they have all been very impressed.It's without a doubt my favorite.The two Fenders and the Epiphone rarely get touched and I have to force myself to play the others (a Dano,two First Acts(don't laugh..in some ways they're better guitars than the Fenders),a Silvertone and a Kay.
I'm looking for an H15 or H17 now. Does anyone have any information on the new Harmony reissues? The web site is under construction and the only contact link is for dealers. Will any of the larger music stores like Guitar Center, Musicians Friend,Same Day Music etc.sell them?

Thanks for a great site.

November 11, 2007 at 3:52 PM  
Anonymous Freemanlee@hotmail.co.uk said...

I have an antique harmony cremona, said to have been around since 1936. The shop owner who sold it said body work was scratched but on later inspection one of the scratches looks like a signature/marking of the name 'Bob Wills'. I don't know if this guitar belonged to the bluegrass,country violinist of the 1930's onwards or maybe of someone who owned it then was in his band, but it makes me wonder about its history, being some 71 years old now.

November 25, 2007 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous marauderDan said...

I have a Harmony Rocket double cutaway that had a single pickup once upon a time . My mother bought it for me as a joke as it was stripped out & all the pieces were missing . She bought it at a yardsale for 75 cents . The guy who owned it was going to cut a hole in it , plant flowers in it & hang it on the wall. Mom brought it home to me & I let it lie around for a while , finally I picked up some parts for it at local music shop & played it accousticly until I bought another guitar. Now I have straghtened the neck & it plays much better , I dont have a pickup for it nor can I find an original one, so I have a P90 & a PAF lying around & have thought about installing those. Many people I have spoken with have different views on the matter , most say I shouldnot cut it up . I have checked in guitar books that say its only worth about $400 in mint shape anyway so I am trying to make up my mind at this point as what to do . With my modifacations I think it could be a really cool guitar , & would probally be worth more this way but I have no intentions of saleing it anyway . By the way it is a 1963. Thank You Marauders Forever !

December 2, 2007 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

In Western music, harmony is the use and study of different pitches occurring simultaneously, and chords, actual or implied, in music. The study of harmony may often refer to the study of harmonic progressions, sportsbook, the movement from one pitch simultaneity to another, and the structural principles that govern such progressions. http://www.enterbet.com

December 16, 2007 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous C.W.B. said...

Harmony guitars are under rated!!! What a find? I was sitting by the patio window the other day, and watched a young man take this guitar out of his garage and started walking toward the dumpster.I figured he was going somewhere to play.You guessed it.He Put it in the dumpster!I was down to that dumpster faster than superman.Thinking I was going to find a junk guitar it turned out to be a Harmony Arch body H54/1 Rocket, Cherry in color. I have been playing guitar for the past 40 years and know a fair share about guitars.but....I am left handed and I play left handed.So this guitar is of no use to me. But it sure is pretty to look at.this is what I know about it.It appears to be wired correctly,but I have not been able to plug it in because the nut that holds the jack in is missing.It is also missing the tuning stud&gear for the 1st&2nd string.It is also missing the pick gaurd.It also has two black incased picups,ajustable,factory.Not familiar to me.It also had 4 strings on it when I found it. the playing action is excellent,you have to play it to believe it.I still can't! IT is also missing the volume& Tone knob for the 2nd picup,(not the pots, just the knobs).If you want to see it go to (The Harmony Company)on your computer. Listed under electric guitars H54/1 1968-1971 Double cutaway.If you are interested in this guitar make me an offer at mchotrodlincoln@comcast.net

December 24, 2007 at 11:41 AM  
Anonymous C.W.B. said...

Hello I just Wanted to clear up a sentence on My comment above this one.About Three quarter of the way down,I said If you want to see it go to The Harmony Company on your computor... What I ment to say was,If you want to see one like it go to The Harmony Cmpany on your computer. Thanx

December 26, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Fon said...

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January 25, 2008 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Dave Seafler said...

They finally got the web site up. Now they've got me drooling over guitars that I can't get yet. I talked to a man at Hot Rod Music and he told me that they wouldn't have pricing or availability until April or May. I told him I want one. I need a nother Bobkat to keep my other two company. The things look almost identical to the originals right down to the gold foil pups.
The web address is:
www.harmonyguitars.com

Thanks for bringing these things back!

February 3, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Anonymous JohnT said...

Hi everyone, do you think it would be all right for a Canadian with a mint Heath by Harmony to join in. I'm so glad to see this web site up and running again. About five years ago I walked into this small music store/pawn shop and saw this beautiful Harmony Heath it looked as if it were only a year old. Even the original case had not a mark.I treasure it more than any Axe I've own in the last fifty years and there have been a few beauties. Thanks again for the Blog and I will watch it regularly. JohnT, Alberta, Canada

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had gotten a used Harmony large archtop acoustic (mahogany sunburst) with no pick guard in about 1974 or 1975 in a pawn shop outside Fort Leonard Wood MO for $25. I loved the tone, played it daily, and cared for it well... polishing the finish, cleaning the strings. When my husband & I moved from MO to GA in 1981 we could only bring what we could fit in our pick-up camper, so we only brought his much smaller flat top, and I had resolved to get my guitar when we got the rest of our things later. I loosened the strings to keep the neck from warping, dropped the bridge inside, and left it with my mother. She thought it was broken, and sold it at a yard sale for only $10! No guitar I had since then felt right. I am trying my best to replace it, now... I may not ever find the model or year I had, since I never wrote down the numbers inside, but something similar may bring back that old feeling I had back in my "hippie" days.

February 9, 2008 at 8:09 AM  
Anonymous bigbear said...

Well I'll be sixty years old and I got my first Harmony when I was fourteen. I'llnever forgrt how I felt when Christmas morning came and I found that guitar under the tree. It was brand new. I played my guitar all though high school even if I never was a great player. When I went in the Navy I took my guitar. It went to Spain, Scottland,though Panama (three times)Just before I was due to get out in 1970 I had to take emergency leave to Indiana(home) from Washington State and when I got back off leave It was gone an I never found it again. I've had several Harmony guitars but I never did find one like the one I got for Christmas. I looked like a sunburst Broadway Model in the early sixty's except it didn't say Broadway on it.

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I own and operate a small guitar shop and recently had someone ask me to restore a Harmony H15 made in March of 1965. I can't find any parts for this guitar. Does anyone know where to purchase replacement parts?

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Blogger tn_lizzie2000 said...

Good grief! I hope I can play my guitar better that I'm typing about it! Third time's a charm, right?!

I found an ad for a Harmony Acoustic Guitar on a Garage Sale Site. It "needs restringing, and it's missing one of the knobs where the string is attached. Otherwise the wood and everything else is fine." They want $5.00 for it... I'll be picking it up tomorrow morning! :o)

Can anyone tell me what model this is from this photo?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24585002@N07/2414915593/

I'll be watching for answers to the question right before my first attempted post!!

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The golden Harmony logo has fade away over the years and I wonder if there is a spot on the web where I could download it, so I could fresh it up a little! Anyway I wish all Harmony fans and players good luck and great moments playing or restoring their guitars, all the best from Holland!

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Anonymous Steve said...

I'm thinking of selling my vintage Harmony Meteor and will consider bids at this time. It is in good playing with normal expected wear but no case.
Email banjobytes@cox.net for a photo or questions. I'm in Phoenix AZ.

September 9, 2008 at 7:06 PM  
Anonymous nick olsson said...

yesterday i found a 12 string harmony electric hollow body guitar sitting by a dumpster outside my GFs apartment its in decent shape an it works an it looks really vintage it had dust on it like it was in basement for along time i was hoping someone could tell me more about it my email is nickolsson--@hotmail.com email me an i could also take pictures of it to show you

October 6, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a Martin, and it sounds great, but I love my Harmony and my Silvertone! I gotta Harmony H1215 Archtop that is the most beautiful guitar I've ever owned ( even though it's split in the back and the body is coming apart (god bless scotch tape). And a Silvertone S614 Flat-Top, which is my gig workhorse. These guitars are inspiring to say the least. They sound good, play well, and smell like my granny. I just sold a Silvertone flat-top S-319? 1969 Acoustic for 65$(what I bought it for) to a buddy, and very much regret it. Thats the last Harmony/Silvertone I sell, but not the last one I buy, and thats for damn sure

November 16, 2008 at 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So.... just recently got an old Harmony electric guitar, made in the USA, and it looks like a Jaguar shape, but I'm having trouble identifying the year of it and finding original parts for it. any help would be much appreciated.

marshallguitarist09@yahoo.com

December 18, 2008 at 9:02 PM  
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If it looks like a Jaguar, It's probably a BobKat. There will be a date stamped on the underside of the pick guard. That's when the electrics were assembled and will be very close to the date the guitar was built.

I've got two.One is a single pickup
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I love them both and so does everyone that I've let play them.

December 25, 2008 at 9:26 AM  
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Jan 04, 2009
Need Help... Need any info possible!
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(NO H) Model # 303 1247
Made in Taiwan

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Description: Small body acoustic
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May be Child's version of original.
Tried to follow trail of "Made in Taiwan" but got lost in 'Blogland'. Any help appreciated.

bochert.mark@gmail.com

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Jan 4, 2009

RE: Harmony Model 3030 1247
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Blogger Steve in Seattle said...

Thanks for a great site. I've got a '64 H-15 Bobcat, '62 H-59 Rocket, and a '65 Silvertone S1478. Love 'em all. I run them through a vintage Fender Super Reverb. What a sound!
I've got pricier guitars that don't see as much playing time. The Harmonys are more fun to play.
I think the Rowe Dearmond pickups are what make old Harmonys sound so good. FYI, you can date your solid bodies by checking the pup mfg. date on the back of the pickguard.
Regarding value, they're not worth much because there aren't that many people who appreciate them. That's OK by me. Makes it easier for those of us who do to buy them at prices far below their real value. I didn't get mine as an investment. I got them to keep and enjoy because they sound so cool and are fun to play.
Have you considered putting a link on your site to harmony.demont.net? It's got a lot of good stuff and is very helpful on identifying specific models.
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January 9, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
OpenID shachannukikoi said...

My father just picked up the same guitar as one of the past posters here, and I'd like to know what it could be worth. It's a Harmony Folk Guitar with this-

Inside details:
Made in U.S.A. Chicago IL.
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Please send back.

Email:
shachannukikoi@aim.com


Messages are much appreciated.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a 1962 H66 Vibra Jet it is one of the rarest Harmony Semi-Hollow body guitars. originally it came as a flat-top neo-cutaway body, with dual "f" holes, two pickups, floating bridge with tailpiece, "thinline" neck, tortise shell pickguard, onboard electronic tremelo, white binding and the finish is a red to black burst. Mine is not original though. I bought it about a year ago on ebay as just a body, four 1/8 inch pots,and the original onboard electronic tremelo(not working)all for $45. So I bought an old 56 rocket neck and put that on, then I bought some of those new dearmonds from the rocket reissues and made a custom harmess using the old pots. For the tailpiece I bought an old 65 teisco tremelo tailpiece and made a custom arm for it, then for knobs I bought some copy knobs on ebay (I didn't have many choices for knobs because of the pots being 1/8th inch). The pickguard was made out of some of the coolest matterial it is a gold pearloid bubble pickguard, it is hard to describe but it looks awesome. Now all this went together pretty easy, but the hardest thing to do was get the original onboard electronic tremelo working. Well we worked hooking the battery up many different ways, until one day we went to the online harmony guitar database and somebody had a picture of the back side of the tremelo. So from that we fugured out that our 3way selector was out of sync and wasn't making correct contact.(If you have a vibra jet and you tremelo doesn't work more than likely the same thing is wrong) So we sync'd it up and hooked the battery up and it started working. Since we didn't have the original battery tube we had to get a new AA battery box. Then to fill the hole left by the original battery tube we wanted to put an idicator light. Problem was we couldn't find an LED that ran on less than two volts. So to fix this problem we customized a 2 AA battery box so we had two positive wires (one 1.5v and the other 3v) and one negative wire (3v)then the negative wire was run to everything and the 1.5 positive went to the tremelo and the 3 positive went to the light. We hooked it all up and it all worked. When I bought the body it was something most people wouldn't even buy letalone restore it to plating condition. I took a body that I bought for $45 and now it would probably sell for about $350, but it is NOT FOR SALE!!!!! We have nicknamed this guitar it is the Vibra-Rocket as it has so many Rocket parts on it. This guitar is the wakyest thing ever and it is a blast to play!

March 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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April 23, 2009 at 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, re: prodigal stella H929 in the above note,I put La Bella folk singer, black ball end nylon strings on it and it plays like a dream.

April 23, 2009 at 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so I'm a little scattered. Love to hear from some of you. You can email me care of the Queen City Jazz Band. (queencityjazzband.com)
please, no solicitations unless you have a guitar I might be interested in.
Thanks, Wende, aka prodigal stella.

April 23, 2009 at 1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a harmony "marquis" 12 string guitar model no. h570-12. i feel that i should express my absolute love for this instrument. it was my very first guitar and still the best one ive ever played on. one of the things that kept annoying me while researching this guitar was peoples derogatory comments about it being nothing but a cheap novelty. i, along with probably anyone else fortunate enough to play it see it as being one of the better quality guitars that seem to have sprung up out of obscurity. signed, proud owner; t-vegas, NC.

April 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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June 7, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Anonymous bamafatz said...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me what this guitar is? It says Harmony guitar inside with the model number 303.1249. It's much smaller than a regular guitar, measuring 34 inches long and 12 inches wide at the widest point and 3 inches deep. I really don't know anything about guitars (ha, can you tell!) but bought this at a yard sale recently because the price was right and I thought maybe I could try it. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
Chris
campL594@comcast.net

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Blogger ASWEGOHOMESTEAD said...

I'm trying to identify the model and mfg year of a Harmony Solid Body I have owned for several years. It is a Les Paul Style guitar, in fact all replacement parts are Les Paul Replacements. The pearl inlay on the neck is identical to the Les Paul Custom. I believe this is a 1970 Asian model but cannot find an example of this guitar anywhere online. There are no marking anywhere other than the Harmony Logo on the peg head. I bought this at an estate sale from the nephew of the original owner. The nephew said his uncle had been the original bass player for Grand Funk Railroad. Have no idea if that's true or false but there were some high end instruments on sale that day. It feels and sounds just like a Les Paul.

Here is a link to a picture I have stored on mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/djnyyyyvzdc/harmony.jpg

You can contact me at George@aswegohomestead.com

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September 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
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October 23, 2009 at 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was given a 1962 H45 Stratotone. trying to restore it. Need to replace plugin jack. Can't seem to get at it. Any help out there? Also looking for new tuning heads? Great sounding guitar,love the action. Bought a new bridge off ebay, works great. Would love to replace jack & tuning head or heads.

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Good Luck with the restoration. Drop by the website sometime.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found my Harmony electric Import in a preschool. It had no bridge, and was strung with six lengths of shipping twine!. I traded some toys for this "toy" taking the chance that the internals worked. I had a bridge put on it and get rave reviews from guitarists that pick it up and play it. The neck is what they're impressed with since the body appears to be a peice of plywood. It sounds great though, and it's a blast to play for hours on end due to it's light weight.

December 22, 2009 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so i got a guitar i think is a harmony acoustic. it says harmony master spray painted on the headstock and the inlay on the neck is really just spray paint too. the fishy part is the number inside is like 8 digits long. the middle of it is pretty illegible. i think its 30980945. anyways any info would be killer. thanks...

awanderingponderer@yahoo.com

February 6, 2010 at 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying to restore a Harmony Stratatone S1420. Built between 60-64. I have hsd it for years and played it for 10+. The fingerboard is quite gouged out from play. So I either need to replace it or have it repaired. Across the years, I have lost the tail piece and the wood bridge. Also the pick guard is cracked. All of the electronics is original and I assume still working. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Reply to Higbee124@comcast.net

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Mel (PS I noticed someone posted a question about why gut or nylon is recommended...it is the stress on the neck over time...some quitars are not built with the wood that can be pulled back with the rods)

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March 17, 2010 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Does anyone know what type of woods are used for the interior bracing and for the kerfing on the Harmony all mahogany acoustic 165 from 1970? Its one of the few guitars that I am not allergic too, and I'm looking for a new mahogany guitar to keep my old one company.

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March 23, 2010 at 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Tony G. said...

Heh. I've got a Harmony Strat body guitar that I bought in 1989 from Service Merchandise that my dad still plays to this day. I gave it to him to use back in '93 (he used to be a pro musician) and he still plays it to this day.

I also played with it semi-professionally on a number of occasions, as a second guitar, and I've found the action on it to be right up there with my vintage Kramer with a Floyd Rose setup or my real Strat or Les Paul, the thing is that good.

You know the greatest thing about that rig? Neither I nor my dad have given that guitar one second's worth of maintenance or care and it plays as well today as it did when I took it home from Service Merchandise all those years ago. The nut's a little worn down on the high E string slot and the string pops out occasionally, but it holds its tuning exceptionally well. I honestly don't think I'd ever part with it, to tell the truth.

April 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM  
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May 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Any idea where I can get a machine head (tuning pegs)(I have one side, I need the other) and a plastic saddle for a Harmony H303.

It's a small student like guitar that I might have paid $50 for 20 years ago. Like to get it operational again as it has sentimental value. Thanks

June 4, 2010 at 5:42 PM  

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