H929 - Stella|
Acoustic flatop - Sunburst, vertical faux flame
Production year(s) : 1945-1970 (other years possible, not verified)
Floating bridge and metal tailpiece. It was a very popular model, and variations were sold under many brand name (Sivertone, Regal, Airline, Fender..). The H929 Stella was also available as 3/4 size and tenor, but each with classic glued bridge. In 1959 a "Hawaiian" model exists, with a square neck, open head and metal bridge, for slide playing. During wartime the metal bridge was replaced with a wooden one. White plastic pickguard from 1961.
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|All solid woods (as were all Harmony acoustic guitars before the seventies)|
|Body depth||3"3/4||95 mm|
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- GuitarDude - 2006-11-18
Ok, this is a sad case. I found one of these excellent guitars on the wall at an AppleBee's. I was very disapointed to see it there, screwed to the wall. It had a sunburst finish and the metal tailpiece. It appeared to be the H929 1959 model, like in the picture six rows down and five collumns to the right, and the picture directly to the right of that one. It is sad to see this guitar collecting dust.
- dan - 2007-03-04
I recently purchased on Ebay a 929 model-black & orange tiger burst with white pick guard ,floating bridge w/nickeled tailpiece, stamped inside f-67-? ,made in usa.. The guitar came with the original chipboard case which is med. gray with salmon pink inside. The guitar was listed as non-playable or restorable since it was warped and cracked from the sound hole almost to the bridge . I really wanted the case for my other 929 stella and i thought I might be able to use the parts from the guitar or use it as a wallhanger. Well the seller was right it could not be repaired, but i discovered that even though it could not be played fingering the fretboard ,it is a fantastic slide guitar !!! It just goes to show that these old Stella's can " take a shockin and keep on rockin"
- LilBob - 2007-05-07
I only paid 30 dollars for my H929, which I believe is either a 66 or 67 (the stamp is very faded and I can't read it all that well.) Compared to the budget acoustics you see in guitar shops nowadays its a top notch instrument. The American made H929 definitely beats out any of the $99 dollar foreign-made budget flat-top acoustics that I've seen.
- Scott - 2007-05-29
I have a Stella guitar that has been in our family for a long time. As the story goes, my uncle, who was a L.A. Police officer, bought this guitar off a drunk who was in the L.A. county jail for $2 back in the early 70's. It was given to me in the late 80's and I used it for lessons. I was not sure about its history until my parents gave it back to me when they were cleaning out the basement a few days ago. It is still in very good condition for its age and it is still an excellent guitar to play. I am so glad that I finally was able to identify it as a H929 model. The only difference from the one in these pic's is that that the top of mine just says "Stella" and nothing else. Aside from a few chips to the white highlights and a little paint wear, it is in great shape and still has an awesome sound. I was thrilled to finally identify the model and learn the Stella story.
- Scott Nieman - 2007-06-01
I have just found in a thrift store a Harmony Stella tenor four string guitar for $8. Its serial number is 7906H929. Could this 1959 vintage based on the catalog entry? Is there a place to determine based on the internal marking the age of this guitar? Its gears are bent but still very solid. I will be tuning it as a tenor banjo and recording traditional Irish music with it.
- Kevin - 2007-07-09
I found a beautiful H8286(929) at the Salvation Army store, VERY mint condition with a period Geib case. What a great little guitar. Gonna have my tech go through it and make any necessary touch ups. I have a '58 Silvertone U1 as well. These guitars are super easy to play and sound amazing! Thanks for the GREAT website!!!!
- agibson - 2007-07-30
My first guitar was the silvertone (stella 929)sunburst, as I referred to it. If I remember correctly, in 1964 it cost $15 +-. I always thought it was a Harmony made instrument. Many years ago I made a studid decision - to strip the finish and refinish in a natural finish. I never completed the work and now the top and sides have come free from the glue. I am talking with a local luthier about restoring it.
- Unclenny - 2007-09-05
Found an old Stella in the attic of a friend's house....'66 929. Used it on two tracks of my current project....great authentic blues sound!
But....the top came un-glued after about two weeks of heavy play (while my Martin and Gibson sat idle).
No problem.....a new 929 is on the way ('69) from eBay.
What a classic old school tone!!
- KJChapmansr@yahoo.com - 2007-09-10
My Sweetie was driving down the street in Norfolk,Va. and a guy was bulk loading trash to the curb. She saw the guitar and asked if she could have it and he said yes. She brought it to me and the rest is history. I like it,I have not had the chance to clean it up yet but I will. It is serial number 2756H929. I got a pretty heads-up sweetie, huh? Thanks For the help ID'ing it. KJ in Va.
- rtw - 2007-09-15
i have just picked up a harmony stella, # 3199h930. looks just like the one in the picture but with-out the pick gaurd. the neck is in perfect condition as if it was never played, but the body has damage so i know it was played alot ( scratches on the back as if they were sitting in an armchair). a have just recorded it with my sure mike to see how it sound. let me tell you, it will be recorded a lot more!!!!!!!!. i can almost feel the past when playing it. thanks for reading these words.
- mynewredshoes - 2007-11-02
I have a Stella tenor H929 (made in USA!). The date stamp is hard to read -- I think it says 1975, but it could be '73. I used to play this as a kid and then it sat under the bed for years. Recently I picked it up again. Had to replace the 3 & 4 tuners -- got lucky and took it to a music store that happened to have one set of Harmony tenor tuners (proably lying there for 30 years waiting for me!). I looked at a new tenor that was in the same shop, but the woman who repaired mine said that I would most likely get better sound out of my Harmony -- she was right!
- gpall - 2007-11-18
I rescued my Stella 929 ( 1966 ) from a garbage can. Put on new deluxe machine heads, a used pyramid style rosewood floating bridge and new set of Martin Light strings. Wow was I suprised that the neck was straight and the fret board was actually playable. This little guitar has a neat high treble tone...sounds like a mandoline if you capo up to fret 6 or 7. I own eight guitars counting this one and everyone has its own personality. This little guitar is quickly become a favorite.
- wende - 2008-01-19
back in the 70's I bought a '57 tenor Stella at a yard sale thinking it to be a baritone uke. It sat in a closet for many years as someone had probably sat on it and had caved the top in. I'm a singer who had never learned to play guitar, so i learned on this one cracked face and all. I talked a master harp luthier into doing the repairs years later(his dad is a fan), and it inspired me to learn six string. I found the 929 6 string in a thrift shop,and now have 2 of those,(1 nylon,1 steel),a Harmony archtop tenor,a Harmony tenor banjo, and a chinese 1/2 size. love the sound,and occasionally play the stellas on blues gigs for that old timey sound. Guess i became a collector, and still keep an eye out for different models.
- David - 2008-04-07
Mine is a '57 3/4. Clearly market H929. I got it for a travel guitar, complete with original case. Very pretty, but the neck is shaped like a ski jump, quite unplayable. I am actually having the neck reset and the bent and warped bolt-on bridge replaced with a glued-on compensated bridge. It will then spend its next life as a travel and child's guitar. Can't wait!
- Jessica of The Bowties - 2008-07-20
This guitar has captured me from the first day I laid eyes on it laying in my aunts house. Its not this model thought its a brother model of it (its the blond wood one I didn't see it on this site though (maybe i missed it)) It was my great uncle Herman's guitar :) I've been playing for almost 4 years now. I really wanted an acoustic since I have been using my dad's electric.You just can't get that tone as you can with an acoustic. I shall fix it up as much as I can (though i suspect I'll have to take it to some sort of shop as well) It's just a really beautiful guitar.
- Gareth - 2008-07-29
I now have a trio of these lovely guitars. I have a '64 parlour; a '64 Tenor and the matching mandolin, model H331. Make a great family group.
Very nice to play with a lovely rounded sound.
- Scott R. - 2008-08-09
I picked up a 1965 H929. It's an awesome guitar! I paid less than $100 including shipping. It's in pristine condition and really grinds it out. I'm so stoked on this guitar!
- Doc Nugent - 2008-08-12
I just bought a nice Stella that I believe is a 1957 H929 - it looks just like the 10th through 13th pictures above (black tuner knobs) but it has a solid metal tailpiece (versus the ones on this page with the "D" and heart cutouts). After 50 years, it still sounds good, is straight and flat, and has very little fret wear! I'll see if I can post pix of it soon.
- tintin6363 - 2008-08-21
Who knew? Thanks to the website and a called from my grandma i now know what my "Stella" is. I have a (H929) 1951. Its in mint condition original case and everything, I Love the sound! So ya lets find some older ones...
- antonio - 2008-08-26
hey ive got a h929 but it hasnt got the white around the outside like the ones in the pics the my old man rekons its about 52 anyone no anything about it cheers
- great buyer - 2008-11-22
i was out at garage sales and was able to pic up a stella for $15. it is in great shape and only needs strings! thanks to this web site i was able to figure out that it's a h929 and it's a 64 model. i think i made a great buy today and am very happy with the guitar.
- Fletcher - 2009-01-28
I have recently been given a '57 H929 for christmas. my great-grandmother bought it in a pawn shop in the '60s she taught herself how to play for a traveling church. she passed away before i was born and since it has set in a closet until now. i am trying to learn too this is my first guitar as it was hers.
- Jimmy_Page_freek - 2009-03-07
I found one trashed in my grandma's basement. its been badly chiped and the steel hardware is rusted.I'm restoering it for my aunt. It brought alot of memories when i found it for her because she always wanted to learn to play on it when she wasyoung.
- OP13 - 2009-05-31
Found one of these in my grandma's basement with only three strings left on it. I restrung it myself and it plays nicely! I'll have to get some nice strings instead of the cheap ones I have on it, but it's an awesome guitar to play when I wanna get a different sound then my ESP LTD F-50 electric.
- M. - 2009-06-29
A tip for anyone refinishing one of these Harmony guitars - be patient. The finish is THICK.
My Dad had purchased a Stella (H929) when he was younger from Sears and Roebuck for about $20 before he went into the service; It has seen some tough wear, and is now desperate for repair. My dad gave it to me for a "wall hangin' or somethin'."
Though I may be lynched by the purists for this, I am currently repairing and refinishing this guitar to give back to him as a playable instrument.
I have been slowly putting this little trooper back on its musical feet over the past two years, replacing some frets, repairing the neck, cracks in the top, refinishing and copper-plating the tuning machines as well as the tailpiece.
I still need to repair the tuning keys with a dense polymer clay (I'm thinking Sculpey) and make the pickguard (two-tone Copperplate on hand-hammered silver sheet; 22g so it won't deaden the sound).
It is a work in progress, but a labor of love.
I remember learning to play on this old guitar, and the sound it produced came in second only to my vintage Songbird (garage sale find in the early 70s).
They may have been the forgotten "Attic Guitar" for many, but for me, the Stella is, and always will be, close to my heart.
- Damien Marcello - 2009-07-21
My neighbor who is in his late 80s and I were talking one day and he found out that I played guitar but didn't have an acoustic so he pulled out of his basement and it is of course an 3/4 H929. The serial number is badly faded but appears to say 605H929. The tailpiece has a little rust, the tuners are very hard to turn, and the body has a large warp outward at the sound hole and it has caused the end of the neck to curve, making it unplayable when you get around the 12th+ frets. I was also told by a guy at a music store that it is an unusual color being what looks like a faded dark yellow.***** Correction, my Stella is actually a H928.****
- woostybrains - 2009-08-09
Got my Stella in June 1964. I wanted to play "Hard Day's Night," but my teacher could only teach me "Red River Valley" on it. So, I dropped the teacher, but still have the Stella in its original chipboard case.
Drilled and glued a classical bridge on it back in the 1970's and put on LaBella nylon strings. Sounds like a real classical guitar when I use it on project studio recordings today.
- alex - 2009-10-05
bought my '65 at Pawn America for $30!
- lizardsville - 2009-11-01
hi ,just some info on the stella range of guitars that interest me( i live in the South West of France Europe)
the first 3 stella's on your photo range are around the 1940/45. if you look closely, the printing of "stella" on the headstock is completly different than later guitars, later guitars( 55/65+) had the reinforced neck' stamp and different action .These were typical of the late 50s and early 60s so called progress in strengthing the neck of the old neck 'wandering' guitars.( this the first time luthiers forget the sound of early guitars)
all those (irrespective of country) interested in the early range of stella's know that although he stella was a cheap range guitar, with a set of extra/light strings could make it sound very respectful indeed, it's not a gibson but who wants a gibson, normally people who cant play the guitar but rely on the name( that should get a few comments)
if you can play? a well strung stella(40/50s) will play as good as any guitar you will buy.
In the 60s ive played with 'sonny boy williamson,long john bauldry etc when you were lucky to own a guitar. today it seems, not do you have a guitar? but what is your guitar? BIG MISTAKE GUYS and GALS
i just sent this 'e' as i see all the time a knocking about older and cheap guitars stella/kay/richter etc, so lighten up everybody , the best blues i play ( some years on!!!!) is on my SS.Maxwell( Maxwell Street chicago) or my 470H929 Stella
any comments welcome
ps, i did see somewhere a comment from a player that said " i'm collecting all the early Stellas, kay's etc i can get so one day i can retire( how smart is he?)
- Tap - 2009-11-25
I have 3 of these older Stellas, all had sustained some blunt force/water damage and were perfect for "repurposing". The first one (neck and hardware were the only actual survivors) I sandwiched some wood to extend the neck and sunk it into a Telecaster-shaped body (Stellacaster; get it?), the second I cut a big hole in the top (water damaged), set a dog food dish in upside-down and made it into a slide resonator, which sounds pretty freakin' cool, BTW. The third is getting the same treatment, though with lower action so it can be fretted. I'm tempted to get one from my local trippy music store bargain box and keep it all wood, maybe go with nylon strings (?) The big name brands have totally lost their gloss on me; I love these old bits of history.
PS: Youtube "Breakfast at Tiffany's Moon River" and you can see Audrey Hepburn (swoon!) playing her Stella.
- patrick - 2009-12-01
Found a Stella lying against a trashcan. It was filthy, but the real problem was someone had moved the saddle way up to where it looked cool, but the intonation was completely shot. By the way, the basic rule for resetting your bridge saddle is that you tune the string, say the low E string, then check it again at the twelveth fret, where it should play an octave higher.
If the string plays sharp at the 12th fret, move the saddle back a little, increasing the string's length.
If the string plays flat at the 12th fret, move the saddle up, making the string shorter.
In order to get the best intonation across all the strings,a lot of the time the saddle is tilted up on high E string side, making the skinny strings shorter than the low E (I hope this makes sense. Resetting your bridge saddle is kind of easy, especially with a tuner).
Anyway, i reset the saddle, and cleaned everything with watered down ammonia (1$), which does a great job on painted surfaces, and then coated it down with lemon oil (3$), particularly soaking the old battle wounds (keep the wounds oiled (any type of oil is better than none). With a fresh set of John Pearse stings(7$)(spend the extra dollar, I like the Phosphor Bronze), and a (5$) strap (I tie it to the neck with a bowline knot, which is what old guys use on everything), I now have a new guitar.
You know, I live in Minneapolis, which still has a huge guitar culture, and I brought the Stella into Twin Town, which is one of those old cool guitar stores (we still have five or six of them here). I brought it there to kind of show off a trash find, and I just kind of left it on the counter to go look at some other stuff, you know, whatever. And everybody there kind of looked at it, and kind of picked it up, and played around with it. Everyone wanted to try it out. And everyone kind of liked it. It sounds kind of cheap, true, but it's a cool kind of cheap. So I found a Stella in the trash, and it's an easy guitar to like. How cool is that.
- Emster - 2010-01-23
I just got an H929 from craigslist for $30 (I have an H927 and am now a little bit more than hooked on Stellas despite knowing almost nothing about guitars) and It's all dirty and gross and I tuned it but it wouldn't play a chord properly. So i was poking around reading comments and I read Patrick's comment about some bananahead who moved the bridge up high for whatever reason and that made me notice that the bridge on myyyy guitar had been moved up! The whole thing was screwy so now I can fix it, restring it, and get to rockin'! Thanks! Oh, also, everyone includes their serial number and year...2598H929 and I believe it says S 50. The date stamp is pretty faded but I'm nearly certain taht's the year.
- Jacob - 2010-02-17
Today while walking down the street with my guitar, a woman asked if i would like an old 3/4 acoustic she was throwing away. After cleaning it up and searching online it appears to me to be a 1952 H929 and although not in the best condition i am quite happy to hold a peice of the past.
- Ben10 - 2010-04-07
My name might be a joke, but my comment isn't. I am sure there are too many comments to respond to daily, but i must say, i am glad that i found your website. I enjoyed reading other comments as well. A number of years ago, a guy gave me a guitar sittin in his closet, and also sold me a squier(ahh!), but the price was right. THe guitar in the closet was a stella, and today, thanks to your site, i finally, at least, found the serial number:4365H929....so at least I know "now" what model it is. THe problem is, I can't figure out the date it was made, because the stamp is so faded. I see where it once was, but all i can make out is a possible "0", or maybe half of a 6 or 9. I am really confused, though, because the guy that gave it to me didn't care anything about it, and guessed it was 20 some years old(this was in 03 or 04 i would say)...so i was like "cool man", i'll take it..I took it to my local "hippie" guitar store, and he said he hadn't seen one of those in person since the 60's...and i had him put new strings and a set of vintage tuners on it to get it playable...it needs new strings now, but it sounded great with the new strings-surprised the heck out of me....I guess until today so much has been going on i haven't even thought about it, but i went in my room to play my epiphone today, and looked at it, and that was it from there, i got curious....I've had more than one person hint that it could be worth something, but the guy at the "hippie" (haha) guitar store, ironically where i bought my first guitar, didn't show any interest in it....That might not mean anything, but i would absolutely "LOVE" some help in finding out the year this thing was made. It, of course, resembles most of the pictures you have of the h929, but until today, i didn't know that harmony made stella at a point(if that is not 100 percent correct, forgive me)...Mine, however, does not say harmony on the head, just "stella", a star, and made in usa, steel re-inforced neck....If "anyone" could help, i am greatly interested to find out more about this guitar...and, like i said, with new strings, it would play great! No cracks, but definitely some wear on the body, but all of it is surprisingly intact..Anyways, thank you for your time, it would be great to hear any news...
- matt courser - 2010-08-25
I have one stamped as an h929 and also it is stamped f-47( as in 1947?) The tuners are black and the tailpiece does not have the cutouts like the ones in the pictures.Any info would be greatle appreciated! Thanks
- JunebugJones - 2010-12-30
A friend loaned me her H929 for several months. Although I have a lot of other guitars, this one became my instant favorite. The bright, punchy, small-box sound is so unique and appealing. And the thing played like a dream, was well-intonated, stayed in tune. I would literally walk into the room, see the guitar and be drawn again and again to play it. I wrote and recorded a bunch of Americana-tinged pop songs on it. I eventually had to give it back and missed it so much I finally went on eBay and found myself one. I accidentally purchased the 3/4-size version. Neck is a little shorter than I'd normally be comfortable with, but, darn it if I'm not drawn to play this little thing in the same way I was the standard one, and I'm getting used to the shorter scale. These are amazing little guitars. I am in love.
- Treing - 2011-01-22
I just got one yesterday from a local vintage guitar shop. I fell in love with it. I can't put it down. Alot of people consider these garbage guitars it's kinda interesting and usually by the more "snobby" crowd. To them I say "that's cool man enjoy playing your souless James Taylor songs on your $6000 brazilian exotic rosewood hand carved whatever" these were made for people that are inspired by different sounds. I am going to put a pickup in this one and use it live. Mine has a neck warp so it is dead past the 11th fret but I never go up there anyways intones great neck is wide but great for fingerpicking great sustain good capo'd. got mine for $60. to me that was more than fair. try one see if you feel a connection with it that is the most important thing when considering any purchase.
- Craig - 2011-05-05
I just picked up a '46 Harmony Stella from e-Bay. It has the war era wooden tailpiece. The guitar is clean and all original, the only issue being that the upper brace by the sound hole fell out a long time ago, causing the top of the guitar (and the fingerboard) to sag noticeably. No problem. I'm in the process of humidifying the inside of the guitar and jacking the top back up. Once it's where I want it, I'll install a new brace. The fingerboard and frets are mint. She'll be a killer little birch bluesbox when I'm done. And, get this - the total cost, including shipping to my door, was a whopping $68!!! A 65 year old seasoned solid birch guitar for under $100. You can't beat that!
- evenSteven - 2011-07-29
I just recently lucked into a gorgeous little stella, fifties, I believe, parlour sized, with the floating bridge and tiger stripes. I can't believe the huge sound that comes out of this little guitar !
- Becky - 2011-10-27
I just found the smaller size Hawaiian guitar from 1959 with the metal bridge and the square neck. It was at my favorite thrift store for $25.00. My son is a muscician and I play piano but wanted to learn to play the guitar. His guitars were too big for me to learn on. I guess I found a great guitar for me!
- Paolo - 2011-11-08
My H929 Stella Harmony has the vertical flame stripe amber and black sunburst finish. The headstock/logo looks to be the the standard 60's model H929 Stella Harmony, made in the USA.
I think before i got it the guitar was either hanging on a wall or lying face-up unmoved somewhere, as inside the soundhole is a little blackened.
Besides the model and serial number (which is clearly visible)I can see a marking that says either 7 or T. If there was the usual date stamp it may be under the blackened bit, but i'd guess it was an early sixties model.
The unusual thing about my Stella is that it has'nt got the white painted binding around the body or soundhole, and also the pickguard is made of a thin lightish coloured wood, although it is the correct shape and thickness as the usual white plastic. It also doesn't look homemade.
At first I was thinking that someone had cracked the plastic one and made a wooden relacement, which may well still be the case, but it is obvious that the guitar has never had white painted binding and has never been refinished or touched up.Otherwise it is in great condition with a great neck and frets.
The action can be lowered considerably on these guitars by rubbing the base of the bridge on a sheet of sandpaper until it is a few millimetres lower, which is what someone had already done to mine before i bought it from an antique dealer.
Anyone else ever seen a sunburst H929 without the white binding and/or the wooden pickguard?
- kraftykathy - 2011-11-21
Someone stole a Stella 4-string tenor guitar from our house on 11/07/11. It belonged to my husband's father. I believe it to be from the 50s. If anyone has heard of a Stella becoming available recently, please post about it. Live in the Chicago area. Thanks.
- 3chordziggy - 2011-11-25
I was at my local music store admirimg some Washburn models that looked like old-timey parlor guitars. The sales dude knows I play all kinds of stuff, but am particularly fond of old blues, so he says, "man, you tune that down and it'll sound like a really good Delta blues ax." And it dawned on me that I had an old Stella tucked away that I had bought for my daughter probably 20 years ago. So after dinner tonight, I dug old Stella out. I think I paid maybe $20 for it, and I remember it had no nut or bridge. Carved a couple of birch fittings before presenting to my daughter, so it was more or less playable. Well, sure enough, I put an old wine-bottle neck to it, and the thing just sings. Those Washburns were $350, and Stella sounds 100X better!! Stella's got a solid top, and Im thinking that makes all the difference. I guess my question to the general audience would be: What is that first group in the serial # mean? Mine reads 183H929. It's one of those numbers that is stamped in a line horizontally. And, as for the reference of our French friend, the guy collecting Stellas for his retirement may not make a bunch of money, but he is, indeed, a rich man!!
- Hittin40 - 2012-07-28
I have a Stella Harmony Guitar 9638H929. All original. This was a great find. The sound is great!
- Richard H Eckert - 2012-07-31
I have thee S-63, that in 1966 I plucked out a little number "A Stairway to heaven". Zeplin got rich and I am waiting for the British to call, like to recue me with some dough. I had not yet had a guitar lesson, the techer told me to go into the back room at Marshall Music-Silver Spur_Rolling Hills-Ca. Bared the 7th fret and fooled around,when done I showed my teacher, he said, you are too high(2 frets). Went home hoping to get enough knowledge to compose, finally managed it. I just made an electric same scale of this guitar.
- kaleb - 2012-08-05
got a 1970 parlour 6 string front was cracked and I mean cracked so right now I am wating for the glue to dry, love this guitar though it looks and sounds so cool cant wait to get recording with it.
- fogrider - 2012-09-04
I picked up a '46 H929 for $60. The upper brace had fallen out and the top had collapsed above the soundhole, taking the finngerboard down with it. I decided to do a special "project" with this one. I removed the neck and back, steamed the top and pressed it back into the proper shape. I then removed the ladder braces and installed hand made spruce scalloped braces in the Martin "forward x-brace" style. The back is on, and I just have to re-install the neck and set it up. I'll end up with a 66 year old x-braced solid birch parlour guitar for $60. I can hardly wait to hear what it sounds like!
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- Alston - 2013-04-24
I have an old H929 Stella By Harmony mine was a friend of my dads first guitar and when he heard i wanted to learn how to play he handed it down to me i personally love it holds a lot of sentimental value to me as my first guitar it has great sound especially for the blues.
- ron - 2013-04-29
Found my 8646h929 in a shop dealing in hanging plants paid 22.55 with case new strap andset of new strings bonus!
- Claude - 2013-07-15
I had a 929 3/4 Stella in junior high school. It was my first playable guitar. Strung with ball end "folk" strings. I learned to chord Beatles songs on it. For some unknown reason I would stick around the guitar's edges those blue oval stickers that came on bananas. I've often wondered what happened to that guitar.
- Gary - 2013-09-15
I found my late 50's Stella H929 parlor guitar at a garage sale this weekend for $4. It was filthy, with cobwebs inside and dead flies stuck in them. Yet when I plucked the low 'E' on the strings, there was a unique ''sound' there. The top had separated in a small place so I took it home, clamped and re-glued it. Cleaned the top,
polished the frets, put walnut oil on the fingerboard, oiled the tuning gears, put new strings on...sounds like the Delta Blues!...and the neck has perfect intonation all the way up! What a cool instrument with a great blues sound...The finish on the back is almost all worn off...I think this one could have told some stories!
- Stellaaaa - 2014-01-23
Found a very nice 57' with a case last November at my local GC. Seems like it was stashed away cuz the strings were old and rusted, it's in excellent condition. Also, this past Tuesday came across another Stella 70' yup she home as well. looks like I'm starting a collection.
- Cyndy - 2014-09-15
I found a Stella guitar and would like to know its worth. I think the serial number is
75 or could be a 9 21H333 but the 3 could be a 55 the last number is definitely a 3
So I think it's 7521H333
- Leah - 2014-11-14
My Dad bought a Stella in 1964 here in Canada at a pawn shop for $5.00. Still sounds great and nothing has had to be replaced in 50 years. He's 83 now and still likes to sit there and play. I wouldn't even know where to buy strings for it, if any broke! lol
- Josh Langzettel - 2015-03-16
A good friend of mine actually gave me his father's old Stella. I was actually shocked that he just gave it to me. After i did some research on them I came across this site and it really helped me learn about these guitars. I have alot of pride in owning this fine guitar. It is not just wood, metal, steel, and glue. It is a beautiful piece of art. This guitar is 54 years old and is in great condition and is more than twice my age (I am 21). It needed some new parts which I found on Ebay. Thanks for a great site and hope people know that a younger generation still takes great pride in these pieces of art. It may have dings and scratches in it but that only makes me know that this guitar was enjoyed by someone else.
- jodie cain (email is email@example.com) - 2015-03-31
I got my son a H929 Stella and I was wondering what the value of it might be could someone please give me an idea?
- Gabe - 2015-07-03
35$ for one at a local store. Should I?
- pat bowman - 2016-03-20
seeking info re a mid-60's Stella guitar w/#1067H1141 stamped on the inside in order to justify minor restoration. I rec'vd the instrument as a gift in 1964-65.
- donone1 - 2016-03-31
I have a 4012H929 Stella Harmony 4 String but cannot figure out the date, has the wood bridge and basically good condition. The keys are good and not rusted. I love old guitars and cars! I have owned this guitar about 20/21 years and like another. as they say; How many guitars does a guitar player need? Just one more!
- Jeff - 2016-04-14
I found a 1961 Stella H929 today in a pawn shop for $70.00. As I was looking at it the lady said they have had it for awhile and if I wanted it I could have it for $55.00 I knew I wanted but I wanted to find out more about the model so after leaving the store I looked it up on the web. I went back in and took a chance offering 45.00 since they seemed pretty motivated to sell it. She took my offer and I couldn't be happier it sounded pretty good with very old strings I can't wait to hear it with a new set of strings.
- Frankenberry - 2016-07-31
I have 650H929 stella. Sound very sweet and mellow. Its amazing.
The neck is straight as new. I want to change tuners and nut.
- Alex - 2016-11-17
I just bought this model from a man in Harlem for 90 bucks. It was in poor to moderate working order.
The neck was fine, but the nut and bridge were in bad shape. The tuning pegs had also been worn down and stripped, so twisting the knob did nothing to adjust the tone.
I've replaced the nut, fixed up the bridge and put new strings on. I've ordered the Waverly Tuners to install, but they haven't arrived yet. In the mean time, I'm tuning it up with needlenose pliers to twist the pegs.
All that said, it plays and sounds great. I love it more than my Taylor (don't tell her I said that). Maybe it's because of the history of the guitar and the work I'm putting in, but truly, the tone is fantastic and I believe the guitar itself must be indestructible.
Is there any way to find out from the serial number which year it was produced? I would love to know.
All the best,
- ed - 2017-12-27
inside has no numbers but letters phc or phg what model is this?
- Sam - 2018-01-15
I have one for sale in great condu
- Bobby Burrows - 2018-02-02
I'm in London, in England. I found a 1951 Stella by Harmony over the internet/Reverb.com posted by Rivington Guitars who sold/sent me this guitar.
You'd now see me walking/playing this guitar in Soho or Croydon.
I decided to buy this make and model because I liked the sound on one I found on Instagram with the hashtag #stellaharmony
My one is a tiger burst/same one as Elvis Presley, the girl in this video has the finish I sought but could not find; the yellow one.
- RobeRob - 2018-03-08
...my Buddy gave our daughter a Stella Harmony w/ a tortoise colored pick guard & H w/diamond painted frets...the neck is straight...I put some light D'Adario's on her and repaired the neck bridge....I can't seem to find any pic's of this model...however after '61 I think all the pick guards where white....she has no markings inside, just one white paint dot.... any info would be appreciated...
- Carter - 2018-06-23
I have a Stella harmony steel reinforced neck with last numbers ending in 3588H934 don’t know what yr it is anyone tell me, that would be awesome email is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Will - 2019-01-23
I just tonight, 01/23/19, picked up a 1958 model with the "Steel Reinforced Neck" lettering on the headstock and the original case, with 2 scratches in the black tolex, grey interior.
The slightest bit of stain is rubbed away between the first and second fret on the bottom edge of the fretboard.
That's the only issue.
The spray painted "inlays" look fresh as the day they were put on, (if you look closely you can make out some overspray)
The frets are like new. The tuning pegs are tight and look like they were installed yesterday.
The body has no marks or dings on it. It's been stored with the strings slacked for "25 or 30 years".
The bridge and tail piece are mint.
No crazing in the finish, no scuffs, no cracks, the neck is utterly straight and the action is almost as low as my electrics!
I paid $60.00 Canadian ($5 USD).
Am I STOKED?