Harmony family : higher end archtop|
40 Harmony models - other brands (Harmony made) models
H1277 - Vogue model G - 1937-1940 - Acoustic archtop - Black with central sunburst
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H1300 - Cremona VN - 1940-1951 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
Engraved tortoise celluloid headpiece. "Nu-Tone" natural finish, carved spruce top, maple back and sides. Original pickguard is black with a "C" motif until 1950.
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H1301 - Clipper - 1944 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Spruce carved top, maple body. The wooden tailpiece and pickguard usually date the Harmony guitars during wartime.
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H1301 - Cremona cutaway - 1954 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Later Cremona model with cutaway - carved spruce top, maple back and sides - neck with genuine mother-of-pearl large inlays
H1302 - Cremona II - 1938-1944 - Acoustic archtop - Brown sunburst
Spruce top, mahogany back and sides - Same model number H1302 later used on a all blonde spruce/maple Cremona (1954)
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H1302 - Cremona cutaway - 1954 - Acoustic archtop - Blonde natural
Later Cremona cutaway model, blonde companion of the H1301 - carved spruce top, maple back and sides - neck with genuine mother-of-pearl large inlays - Not to be confused with non-cutaway 40's sunburst H1302 "Cremona II".
H1304 - Cremona IV - 1935-1940 - Acoustic archtop - Brown sunburst
Carved spruce top, maple back and sides. 16"1/2 wide but it looks like prewar model were narrower, 15"1/2.
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H1305 - Cremona V - 1935-1939 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Early Cremona, spruce carved top, maple body, perloid fretboard with alternate contrasting engraved frets
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H1306 - Cremona VI - 1935-1951 - Acoustic archtop - Brown sunburst
Engraved tortoise celluloid headpiece. Carved spruce top, maple back and sides. It looks like older models had abalone bindings on body, narrower headstock, split block fretmarkers. Some (1935) were produced with gray perloid fretboard and headstock (as was the H1305). During wartime they had wooden pickguard and tailpiece, and downgraded tuners, because of the lack of metal at the time.
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H1307 - Cremona VII - 1935-1951 - Acoustic archtop - Wine red shaded
Top of the Cremona line, carved spruce top, flamed maple back and sides. Wooden tailpiece and pickguard, downgraded tuners during wartime, because of the lack of metal at the time. One is seen with different shaped "straight" f-holes. Early models (thirties) have a narrower, tortoise engraved headstock, and "stars" fret markers.
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H1308 - Cremona - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Blonde
Blonde version of the H1307 Cremona - Top of the Cremona line, carved spruce top, maple back and sides
H1310 - Brilliant cutaway - 1952-1971 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Top of the line acoustic archtop - Pressed top (not carved) - H1311 is the blonde version - trussrod from 1956 - square tailpiece from 1965 - white-bounded f-holes from 1968 - renumbered H6510 from 1972. Pickguard is thick solid plastic in early years, then molded from about 1954.
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H1311 - Brilliant cutaway - 1952-1962 - Acoustic archtop - Blonde
Top of the line acoustic archtop - Pressed top (not carved) - blonde version of the H1310 - trussrod from 1956
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H1315 - Cremona - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
I did not found this model in the catalogs yet, but it looks like a model produced during wartime, because of its wooden tailpiece. It has a pressed, not carved top.
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H1320 - Monterey - 1938-1940 - Acoustic archtop - Wine-red sunburst
Spruce top - Grand Auditorium 16 1/2 in. B&W checkered bindings on top - B&W pickguard
H1325 - Monterey - 1952-1972 - Acoustic archtop - Brown shaded
Spruce top, birch body - Grand Auditorium 16 1/2 in. Unusual sunburst pattern in bands. Neck has a trussrod from 1964.
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H1327 - Monterey - 1937-1953 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Spruce top, older top of the Monterey line model, herringbone binding - Grand Auditorium 16 1/2 in. Steel reinforced neck (bar in the neck but no adjustable trussrod). Early models only had "Monterey" stenciled in white on the head, then "Harmony" was added in red, then later replaced by a new logo with a musical note.
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H1390 - Marquise - 1937-1940 - Acoustic archtop - Mahogany shaded
Prewar archtop, spruce top, rich colored wood-block marquetry and heavy bindings
H1403 - Patrician - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural brown
All mahogany body with white binding on top only - low end of the Patrician line
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H1405 - Patrician - Acoustic archtop - Mahogany
All mahogany slotted head Patrician model. Not seen in catalogs, one sample known with H1405 stamped inside. I guess it could be from around 1938.
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H1406 - Patrician - 1940 - Acoustic archtop
All mahogany - colorful wood-block marquetry bindings - dot inlays on fretboard
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H1407 - Patrician - 1940-1971 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
A classic Harmony archtop, more than 30 years production time. Some variations through the years, trussrod appears only from 1965. New scripting and logo from 1962. The H1407 is by far the most common model in the Patrician line, but the "Patrician" name was used on many different models, comprising flat top guitars and even roundhole archtops. All solid woods, solid spruce pressed top (not carved), mahogany body, tortoise body bindings on front and back.
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H1408 - Patrician - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
All mahogany - varied color marquetry bindings - dot inlays on fretboard
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H1410 - Patrician Classic - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural brown
All mahogany - multi-row marquetry bindings - block inlays on fretboard
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H1411 - Patrician - 1945 - Acoustic archtop
Spruce top, mahogany body. H1410 Patrician looks similar but with mahogany top.
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H1414 - Patrician - 1940-1954 - Acoustic archtop - Top with a contrasting central panel
Mahogany top with spruce central panel. Fretboard has a central contrasting wood strip as well, until 1950. late models have a fancier "vine" engraved headstock.
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H1415 - Patrician - 1940-1954 - Acoustic archtop - Top with a contrasting central panel
Spruce top with mahogany central panel. Early models (-1950) have a fretboard with contrasting woods. Late models have a fancier headtsock with vine motif.
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H1442 - Roy Smeck Artiste - 1940-1942 - Acoustic archtop - Black
Grand auditorium size - maple body, spruce top - transparent (or white ?) pickguard. Some of them had the unusual "straight" f-holes. One reported with a H1305 stamp.
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H1450 - Patrician "Deluxe nu-Tone" - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
Spruce top, figured maple back and sides - decorative or dot fretboard inlays - black headstock
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H1453 - Patrician "nu-Tone" - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
Spruce top, maple back and sides - block fretboard inlays - Celluloid tortoise headstock
H1456 - Monterey - 1944-1968 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Top of the "Monterey" models in the fifties/sixties. Long production time. Trussrod neck from 1956. H1457 is the blonde version. As most archtops, models produced during wartime had a wooden tailpiece.
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H1457 - Monterey - 1952-1962 - Acoustic archtop - Blonde
Top of the "Monterey" models in the fifties - blonde version of the H1456 (production stopped earlier, ca. 1964). Trussrod neck from 1956.
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H1462 - Sovereign archtop - Acoustic archtop
This model may be the only archtop wearing the Sovereign name, widely used for flat tops. The wooden tailpiece means a wartime production.
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H1463 - Cremona - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Carved spruce top, maple back and sides. "Straight" f-holes. The one pictured (thanks to JP) originally had a wooden tailpiece (indicates a wartime model).
H1492 - All American - 1940 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
One of the red-white-blue patriotic guitars of the 1940-1941 wartime era. Colored real celluloid bindings, blue pickguard.
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H1661 - Vogue - Acoustic archtop
Early model in the Vogue line (late thirties ?). The same model is seen in Whaley, Royce &co. catalog (from Toronto, Canada), with a different model number (H1295 ?). One sample reported stamped 661.
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H6407 - Patrician - 1972 - Acoustic archtop - Natural
Seventies version of the Patrician H1407
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H6510 - Cutaway - 1972 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Seventies version of the H1310 - Pressed top (not carved) - Late models have the headstock with tortoise laminate instead of rosewood - sometimes mispelled as "HG510"
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H956 - Montclair - 1955-1968 - Acoustic archtop - Black
The black and white acoustic arhtop. Be careful when identifying Montclair models : some important differences, under same name and same model number !
No model had a cutaway, but all models had the "cutaway type" thick white molded pickguard.
- until 1955 : Two body sizes, 19 frets. H956 "auditorium" (15 3/4) or H956S "Grand Auditorium" (16 5/8). Both have "harmometal" (aluminium) bindings, No trussrod.
- 1956 : only H956S "Grand Auditorium" (16 5/8) size was proposed.
- 1958 : H956W, "Grand Auditorium" (16 5/8) size with new trussrod neck an 20 frets (one more perloid dot on 15th fret). Still have "Harmometal".
- 1959 : H956W, same model but no more harmometal (16 1/2 body), replaced by thick W/B/W plastic bindings.
- 1965 to 1968 : later H956 (without suffix, like the older, smaller models), now with block inlays on neck, still has 20 frets.
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H996 - Monterey - 1944-1951 - Acoustic archtop - Sunburst
Auditorium size. Spruce top, maple body. Finish described as "Cremona brown 'spotlight' finish".
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