Stella gets her groove back

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by wildeman, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    So i have a small collection of these little Harmony made parlors and most play pretty good, this one however was strictly a slide guitar. 20191012_152450.jpg I took the strings off to change them and felt the loose brace under the fingerboard thinking about glueing it, then i noticed the board was partially loose too, well a little prying popped the board end, then i got movement in the dovetail and some pulling and a couple whack's with a mallet got me this! 20200119_125759.jpg I will take my time and get this fit up right and re glue it, i should be able to get this baby playing nice now.
    It will have to be another day though so I'll keep y'all posted, I'm just happy it came out so clean. 20200119_125912.jpg 20200119_130000.jpg
     
  2. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    It amazes me that it came out so cleanly. But what a beautiful looking Stella. I really like the figuring in the top.
     
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  3. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Nice!
    My first guitar was a Stella Harmony parlor I got in about second grade in the mid-60's
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Beautiful guitar ( sorry , just goin' for the laugh again ....... )
     
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  5. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    This is the oldest one I've seen, well Harmony Stella that is. I reckon its from '45 to '49.
     
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  6. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Here's the hoard.
    20191012_153947-1.jpg
     
  7. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    That’s a great looking hoard! It’s interesting that the grain on two of them are in the opposite direction. The differences give them their own character.
     
  8. phil66

    phil66 Gretschie

    145
    Dec 5, 2019
    Indiana
    what a little beauty she is.
     
  9. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Good for you. I dig the fret markers.
     
  10. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    Alabama
    Mine was similar to the two on the right, dot markers
     
  11. I am always amazed at what one can do with a mallet.
     
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  12. Kitvin713

    Kitvin713 Gretschie

    277
    Jan 10, 2017
    Fresno, CA, U.S.A.
    I kinda want one, been obsessing over acoustics lately...
     
  13. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    :D
     
  14. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    I learned to play on my Dad's Stella. He bought it while he was in the army in world war 11.
    Great playing guitar.
     
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  15. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    These old timers are easier to find than a Jim Dandy it seems. Caution, they may need work thougho_O:rolleyes:
     
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  16. Scott Fraser

    Scott Fraser Country Gent

    Jan 14, 2012
    Los Angeles
    This was a lot of people's first guitar. Mine was a hand me down from my brother, & I think it was branded "Silvertone", the house label at Sears. Really a cheap crap guitar, but when you're first learning none of that matters.
     
  17. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    I read somewhere that The Harmony craftmenship was really good in the '50, and that they were considered as the best dovetail neck joints on the market (above all others Gibson included), they were so precise that they used very few glue (where some others loved shims & glue overdose)... Thus indeed, this neck came out clean and will be back easily ! Thanks Harmony's guys for the great work you did 70y ago.
     
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