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I was wondering if anyone new of Sam Koontz or where I may be able to get info on him and his guitars. I own one of his guitars and know nothing of it or him. I have no Idea of its value etc. I am told that it has a real nice sound to it though. Any info or direction to info would be very helpful.

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Are you actually talking about STAN Koontz, He had actually built guitars for Bob Crooks' Standel company which were built in the Harptone New Jersey facilities. That was in the 70's and 80's. Stan had passed in the late 80's, you could try to get more info on Stan by goggling him and his guitars, I can't tell you much more except I would love to see a pic of yours, hopr this helps you out chance do you have the model number I do have some info on the Harptone guitars, it could very well be one of those.
Hi Richie.
I also own a Koontz 16" oval hole built in 1971. I came to know Sam Koontz vey well as my guitar took over a year to build and I almost lived at his studio. We would play together and there was always a flood of mostly jazz musicians there. The likes of Pat Martino, George Benson, Vic Cenicola and a miriad of others. Sam's life is a bittersweet story. His instruments are known globaly for his incredible dedication, craftsmanship and unbelievable sound. Sam developed a dual truss rod neck system which gave better control of neck adjustment on both bass and treble side. Unfortunately the neck on only a few of these instruments twisted but that's what people focused on and this hurt his reputation which was very proud of. Sam had an apprentice working with him at the time and it was believed he had something to do with this. Sam would never say.

I would sometimes find him at the pool hall next to the studio (sam loved playing pool) and we would spend half of the aftenoon drinking and shooting pool. It was here that I came to know the man behind the artist. Sam was a man with the same faults and insecurities we all have but are afraid to admit. He told me time and again how depressed he was over the problem with the instruments and people talking negatively behind his back. This plagued him daily. Unfortunately, we musicians can sometims be worse than a gossiping womens knitting club. Sadly Sam woud be dead within a year, the result of a suicide. He died a broken man, the result of people's cruelty and ignorance. I hope this fills in the blanks.
Thank you for the info. Sorry I did not see this reply until now while trying to do more research on this guitar. It is an acoustic and has the double truss rods. However, there are no clear markings or label other than what looks to be a small stamp of a hornet or something of the like. I found this guitar in a pawn shop in West Virginia. After getting it home and taking a closer look at it. I came to the conclusion it may have been stolen. It appears that an engraving in the back of the headstock was scratched out. Do you know if he possibly put a serial number there?

Agian thanks for all the info and sharing your personal story of your realtionship with Sam.
I can't tell you much without having a look at it. Would you post some pics. I'll need to see the whole guitar along with the head stock, and any of the details you noted. What leads you to think it a Sam Koontz?
Sam always put the serial number on a paper label right inside the sound hole.
Serial numbers are found on the back of the head stock, on a label, or on the neck block on most guitars.
I would refer you to the person who also responded to my post. Good luck
Post some pics of it so we know where to start. Thanks.
I also have a Standel 60s USA acoustic MODEL #L-6N
i don't know much about the guitar and im hoping someone has some info on this particular guitar and also find out the value of this guitar, I live in Azusa CA which is pretty close to the actual companies that made these guitar
Woody, If anyone knows It would be Tom Doyle.
He worked for Sam until Sam's death.
Jose, That would be the Lark in Natural finish. Sam was contracted By The Harptone Co. to design a line of guitars and setup a production shop for them in New Jersey. Sam's headstock design is a nod to the D Angelicos that influenced his custom Archtops. The arched backs are a carry over from his love of archtops.. Standel contracted Harptone to produce these models under the Standel name. Production started in 1967 and ended in late 68 when Standel filed for bankruptcy. Only 300 guitars in all grades and models were made by Harptone for Standel. You can date you guitar by looking at the label If it says Harptone, then it was built in late 67. Standel didn't have labels with their name on them until early 68. Next,is the trim. If the head stock and neck does not have any MOP or white binding, then it was a entry model. The entry's had laminated Mahogany backs that were press shaped and AA Sitka Spruce for the sound board. Saddke and nut were plastic in the entry models.
Common problems are neck twisting and the bridge pulling up. Mostly caused by neglect. Poor heat and humidity control. It not uncommon to find the intonation off. Sam used the adjustable bridge, archtop influenced, with limited results. I had my E6 sb retrofitted with a removable, animal glue, rosewood insert and bone saddle to fix the problem. Keep all parts in a baggie within the case is you replace them. Don't drill out the tuner holes and save the old tuners. Value is down now at about 400 to 1000 dollars depending on conduction.
I'm building a database of all known Harptone and Harptone made Standels. Please contact me if wold like to submit photos and serial numbers of your. Thank you.
Thanks for the information, well this is what the the paper says "Standel El Monte CA 91731" "Quality Speaks For Itself"
Model No. L-6N
Serial No. 2055-1

the bridge is kinda lifting up a bit, The original owner i got it from was like hippie guy lol, and he lives like 4miles away from the beach which i heard prevented the wood from shrinking, The owner said that he got it from his roommate and his roommate got it in the 70's and he was the 2nd owner, and the guy i bought it from was the 3rd owner bc his roommate owed him some money and gave him the guitar for what he owed him, The 3rd owner told me that when his roommate got it he was all hyped about it because he couldnt afford or find a specific gibson at the time and this guitar was his 2nd choice, also he said that there were only a few made and they stopped making them so he knew a bit about the guitar, And the 3rd owner has kept it for about 12yrs and he never played it bc he doesnt know how to play lol

Eric ill snap a pic for yah so you can tell more about it
oh since the bride is lifting up a bit, should i get it fixed, do you recommend me to get it all fixed and raise its value since it will be in good playable order


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