H1308 - Cremona|
Acoustic archtop - Blonde
Production year(s) : 1940 (other years possible, not verified)
Blonde version of the H1307 Cremona - Top of the Cremona line, carved spruce top, maple back and sides
|All solid woods - carved top|
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- MoosBros@aol.com - 2010-11-24
I have a Harmony Cremona model H1308..The paper tag on the inside indicates it is most likely from 1942..The headstock binding and inlay is somewhat different than the H1308 pictured...
- Will Keith - 2016-03-05
Not sure whether you're trying to keep track of the whereabouts of Harmony guitars....
Just got a 1942 1308 Cremona blonde. Somewhat beat up and has had a neck rod added, but plays beautifully - almost as good volume projection as my friend's 1961 Gibson - not bad for a 74 year old guit that's been played hard! What a beautiful looking guitar. "Wartime" wooden tailpiece has been replaced with a brass Grover tailpiece, and tuner knobs are metal instead of the "wartime" plastic (?) ones.
Great site you've started here. Keep up the good work!
- Will Keith - 2020-02-18
Second comment here about my 1942 H1308. Looking at pictures of other Harmony Cremona VIIs, I've noticed that my H1308 blonde seems to have something different: the beading (if that's what you call it) around the top and bottom edge of the body on my 1308 is tortoiseshell. As well, the triangular heel on the bottom side of the neck. right where it joins the body, is also covered with a triangular piece of tortoiseshell. In all places the tortoiseshell is quite substantial, ie. thicker than a veneer or a tape., and looks like it is original to the guitar. The other Cremonas I've seen pictures of have an arrow/dart pattern.
Perhaps they switched to tortoiseshell trim in 1942.
Interesting bit of history. This guitar resides in Canada. My friend who sold me the guitar says his father, also Canadian, won the guitar in a poker game during WWII from an American serviceman. They were working on the Alaska Highway at the time.