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Harmony Guitars - "The People's Guitar"

A group for anyone and everyone who started on or owned a Harmony Guitar...and for those of us who still do!

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2013

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I learned on a Harmony Jamboree...

It was a hand me down from my mothers boyfriend. He left it at our house to go to Europe & when he came back, he said keep the guitar. I already played better than he did. NOT likely true but I…Continue

Started by Ginger Aug 1, 2013.

1967 Silvertone (by Harmony) reclaim 4 Replies

Photo #1 is the wreck that my first acoustic, a 1967 Silvertone (by Harmony) had become over the past 40+ years.Photo #2 is the newly and beautifully reconditioned guitar that i'd had since high…Continue

Started by Jud Hair. Last reply by Jud Hair Dec 28, 2012.

soundhole pickup for harmony sovereign h1260 2 Replies

Hello everybody!I have a harmony sovereign H1260 that i want to fit with a magnetic soundhole pickup, but the lr baggs M1 that I usually use is to wide.Can any of you good people suggest a pickup…Continue

Started by Terji Messell. Last reply by Terji Messell Oct 30, 2012.

HARMONY ARCHTOP MODEL NUMBER H 710 8 Replies

HI  i bought this old harmony archtop at a auction for 52.00 i been lookin for info on it went to numerous sites the only thing i can fin with these numbers is this…Continue

Started by john m. Last reply by Michael S. Jackson Mar 14, 2011.

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Comment by Michael S. Jackson on November 6, 2013 at 9:29am
Frustrating, huh? I finally gave up and a have decided to just enjoy the guitar. Sort of like having a good friend who doesn't know his birthday or year.
If I hear of anything I'll be sure to post also.
m
Comment by Jim Swalley on November 6, 2013 at 7:41am

Michael, I haven't been on this page for awhile, but I ran into a wall searching for manufacturing dates as well.  I have a H164 spruce top, a popular beginner guitar from the 1960s.  Harmony made thousands of these.  The Demont site was helpful in narrowing down the year range to 1963? - 1967 by headstock and body descriptions.  

I bought it used in 1971 and the previous owner bought it from his college room mate a few years earlier.  The history he gave fits the Demont info.  I also found out that the four digit number (8809) stamped next to the model number was useless for determining the exact date.  It may be a shift date code or something else, and it may be that Harmony re-used these codes from year to year.  Up to around 1960 Harmony actually stamped a date into the guitar - pictures I've seen make it look like a standard date stamp (Nov 6 2013) you can get at an office supply store.

I heard that guitar makers got away from date codes because retailers were having to discount the prices on guitars left hanging on the wall after the newer models began to arrive.  This may be - I recently bought a new Seagull with a 12 digit code that is partially a model/series code and part code known only to Godin.  They started these 12 digit codes a few years ago and I've been unable to find out the date of manufacture.  No biggie, except when someone asks me what year it is and I have to answer like Johnny Cash did in his "One Piece at a Time" song.

If anyone has found a Rosetta Stone to decode these codes, I'd like to know about it. If I find out anything, I'll post it here.

Comment by pete moldur on August 22, 2013 at 1:14am

I have seen the Harmony demont site and there was no references to my guitar, but I know it was buildt in Korea. Is there any register on that?And where-- It seems impossible to find data anywhere. But my Harmony is buildt in aged wood and handcrafted. It has a wonderfull sound to it and I bought it from a friend in Seattle who have recieved it as a gift in 1970.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on August 16, 2013 at 10:23am
I've also had a difficult time researching Harmony numbers and dates. Part of the problem is Harmony made guitars for so many other manufacturers and distributors. Also, as in my particular case, the model name Harmony chose for my archtop was the same as one of the names Egmond chose to use on one of their guitars - but my guitar is NOT an Egmond. (Egmund?). However, the date (inside the guitar) helps in detective work - again, for my particular guitar: H-1941 means Harmony, 1941. Further numbers point to the Fall of 1941.
So, if anyone can shed light on all of this, I'm also very interested.
Comment by Edward Sparks on August 16, 2013 at 4:48am

Plus, we would be interested in what you find out too! 

Comment by Edward Sparks on August 16, 2013 at 4:47am

Unless you already have, you might consider contacting the people at this site, they seem to be quite knowledgable!  I couldn't find this model number on their site, but there is a contact link there and I bet they would really love to hear about your Harmony! 

http://harmony.demont.net/

Comment by pete moldur on August 16, 2013 at 1:16am

I need some informations regarding my old Harmony H 6565 SG. I have not been able to find anything on the official site.

Comment by Jud Hair on December 31, 2012 at 3:40pm

Thanks Michael ... I'll check Guardian out.

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on December 31, 2012 at 3:15pm
Jud - Guardian makes a lot of different size cases at a pretty good price. Not sure if they have the size you are looking for.
Been trying to send you a message but the system won't let me.
Later,
m
Comment by Jud Hair on December 30, 2012 at 8:28pm

Anyone here have a suggestion for a case that will hold a Harmony Sovereign comfortably?  Mine will not fit into a standard dreadnought case ... too thick in the waist and broad in the butt.

 

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