H1105 - Stella|
Acoustic flatop - Sunburst - faux flame
Production year(s) : 1940-1944 (other years possible, not verified)
Stella with older rounded shape body - all birch - "Idento" tailpiece (place for your name on a rectangular card). Wooden tailpiece during wartime. One of the first "Stella" models made by Harmony in 1940 when they bought the name after the Oscar Schmidt era.
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- kenneth p. hughes - 2010-05-21
i have this guitar and it has the wooden tailpiece.
it's stamped f-45 in the soundhole.
i haven't gone through it yet but checked the neck and it's perfect.
looking foward to hearing how it sounds
love this site.
- A. Gillespie - 2012-01-07
Looking at your site has finally given me the year my grandmothers guitar was made. I also have this guitar with the wooden tail piece. Thank you for the information.
- Jack Norby - 2013-12-29
I am an amateur luthier and have been helped greatly by your Kitchen Lutherie section. So much so that I took on this model as a project. It was very badly damaged. The top had been rained on for a while and had buckled and unglued. It needed a neck reset and when I did that, the fretboard crumbled. Discouraged, I looked inside and found a S48 stamp next to the paper Bruno label. Since that is my birth-year I plowed forward, stealing a rosewood fretboard off a modern beater, getting a different tailpiece (the original was breaking strings), and a traditional rosewood bridge. I overset the neck, tuned it up, added a pickup and now have one of the best sounding guitars I have heard, plugged and unplugged. Hard to believe it is ladder-braced. Thanks Monsieur Demont
- Nick Ratnieks - 2014-06-05
I have a 1935 Supertone that is virtually identical to this model. It appears in the 1935 Sears catalogue for $4-45 and is described as "Mahogany Finish". From what I can see the stencil marks on the neck are slightly different- obviously it does not say Stella and there is the skeleton trapeze string attachment- otherwise it is identical- very similar to the 1934 Grand Concert minus the painted flourish.The ad states "Easily worth $8-50" and "THE BIGGEST GUITAR VALUE IN YEARS!". You will be pleased that I bought it from someone in France- who advertised it as a Harmony Stella- and it is in pretty good original shape and plays well.
- Anthony Posey - 2019-07-31
I am getting ready to rebuild one of these/. Does anyone have a template of the pick guar or a spare? thanks