STELLA HARMONY H929 VINTAGE '60s 3/4 SIZE BLUES GUITAR
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Sold Date: 02/14/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay UK
**** Having very recently sold my Stella H929 Tenor Guitar in less than 24 hours, together with the fixed bridge Silvertone version of the Stella and also two full size 6 string Stella H929s, since Christmas, now for another family member - little brother, the rare H929 3/4 version!!! ****
DESCRIPTION.__________________________________________________________________________________ If you've been reading my recent Stella listings, you may have noticed that I refer to the common misunderstanding that the full size Stella is a Three Quarter Size guitar - well this is why - this is the real Three Quarter Size Stella H929 guitar, made from 1957 to 1970 by Harmony!!
A Superb Sounding late '50s/early '60s 3/4 Blues Guitar Of Great Character - Really Outstanding Blues Machine - do not be deterred by it's diminutive stature! - Nevertheless do please check out the description and photos, so that you are fully aware of the size of the guitar. In order to illustrate this I have included a photo alongside "big brother" - the full size H929. The overall dimension comparison between the two is:- .................3/4 - 32.5"/82.5mm. x 11.25"/28.5mm. 4/4 - 36"/91.5mm. x 13.25"/33.5mm.
I wish I could provide you with a video/sound clip of this guitar - I have not seen one on Youtube yet, but there must be something out there! I have sold these guitars before, together with the 3/4 version of the Harmony H162, and I am particularly impressed with the unique sound they give, combined with great playability - these are serious guitars, not toys in any way - small bodied 6 string and also 4 string/tenor guitars were popular, particularly going back to the 1930s, so these 3/4 models were continuing a long tradition - but of course they are not made now, so are increasingly scarce and sought after by those who appreciate their appeal. You are looking at a guitar of basically similar dimensions to the iconic Martin 5/18 Terz guitar, associated with Marty Robbins and Bobby Gentry, in particular.
I have heard it argued that this fixed bridge Stella style gives a better tone than the typical floating bridge/tailpiece Stella H929/H927 models, but being a fan of both variants, and having sold a number of each, I think they are both fantastic, and would prefer not to take sides - just to say that in my view this particular guitar has that bit of extra special something, whatever it is, that makes any type of guitar stand out from the rest. These are iconic Chicago made blues guitars - all Solid Birch Ladder Braced construction for that distinctive blues sound - and in any event the 3/4 size version was never made with a tailpiece!The Harmony Guitar Database indicates that the 3/4 H929 was made between 1957 and 1970. On this model the lack of a scratchplate, fitted on later models, the wooden, rather than bone nut, and the old style Stella script on the headstock, reminiscent of the '30s/'40s Stellas, all suggests that this is an early model, but unfortunately the usual inside ink date stamp is missing, so that the actual year cannot be confirmed.
The guitar appears all original, including tuner strips, showing slight discolouration, and working fine. Very little play wear to the frets and fingerboard, which has a scale length of 21.5"/546mm., (as opposed to the full size H929 which has a 24.25"/615mm. scale) and 41mm. nut width (full size model is 44mm.). Some small chips to the painted body binding and elsewhere, but really minimal for the age of the guitar, and the Sunburst Faux Flame finish otherwise looks remarkably fresh. Corrective work has been carried out by Professional Specialist Luthier, to reposition the fixed bridge, which had clearly left the factory slightly out of position. this is not a guitar which appears to have had either a lot of use, or any previous repairs/ alterations, so this is a manu...
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