Does anyone have knowledge about guitars made at the Harptone Facility in Newark, NJ. I did an Internet search on my Conn F-65 12 string. I found a website maintained by a Conn guitar enthusiast named Joseph Brock. On Mr. Brock’s website he posted that Conn F- 60 – 6 string & Conn F-65 - 12 string guitars are solid wood guitars & were made at the Harptone Facility as prototypes. All other Conn guitars were manufactured in Japan. I sent some family pics to Mr. Brock of us playing the Conn.
I hale, originally, from the south end of Bloomfield, NJ. I have no intent on ever selling the guitar because of the sentimental value. Also, the most anyone has every paid for a Vintage Conn in the F-60 series is $400. Both my sons discovered their love for guitar playing it. If the guitar was made in Newark, so close to where I grew up, it would add even more to that sentimental attachment.Any suggestions as to how I could verify if the Harptone for Conn F-60 & F-65 connection is true?
Anna - I got the information that I posted on the Conn site directly from the founder of the guitar business at Conn. He is the one who made the arrangement with Sam Koontz to build these prototypes (F-60 and F-65). I doubt that anyone else has more intimate knowledge about this arrangement than Mr. Ackley--who contracted with Mr. Koontz. Certainly there is nothing in black and white that remains from that time period. I know of no other resource other than the Harptone-Standell Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/standelharptone/members/ headed by researcher Eric Sutton. It is not likely that anyone is still alive from that time period who would have better information than Mr. Ackley.
The Harptone Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1893 in the USA, as a maker of musical instrument cases and accessories. In 1924, Harptone began the production and distribution of guitars, banjos, mandolins and tiples and continued until 1942. During the war years though, all musical instrument making was discontinued and production diverted to the war effort.
In 1966 after exstensive market research Harptone decided to resume guitar manufacturing. They aimed to produce professional grade American made guitars at attractive prices. They produced Acoustic and semi hollow bodied guitars and bases until 1975 under Luthier Sam Koontz.