The choice to discontinue the Mark Series had to do with the general turmoil of the Gibson company in the last years of ownership by Norlin. See also: Gibson J-160E for more historical context. Check aesthetic features like the shape of the pickguard, the tailpiece cover and inlays or ornaments. To complicate matters, the Larson brothers appear to have used different numbering techniques for different brands that they supplied. These instruments live a bit outside that critique. Notable endorsers of this model include Leon Redbone.
Harmony guitars on the lower end, Schmidt guitars had the upper end. Tragically, it was lost in the Nashville flood of Spring, 2010. It is the only one I'm aware of and is from the Roy Acuff Museum book. Where possible, these numbers are in agreement with existing sales receipts. The catalyst for this was possibly the buying of production equipment and spare parts from the discontinued S. The First and Second shift explanation I believe also came from an ex-employee.
Some J-45 models with non-bookmatched two piece Adirondack spruce tops and some examples with four piece tops. In their day, they made more guitars than all the other guitar makers combined. Its serial number carved at the top is 11321. If 207 is a serial number it would date to around 1900. There has also been a conventional wisdom that Harmony did not put serial numbers on their mandolins. I also fussed with the firction pegs a bit cut the set- screws down to give them more adjustment room to keep them useful for the next 6. The pickups on almost all Harmony electric guitars and basses were manufactured by Rowe Industries Inc.
It is not clear how many were made, but it is likely that there are less than 12. I suspect there was no earlier catalog Harpguitars. Also it is highly unlikely the banjo would have a style number without a serial number. If the fretboard was bound, they generally added a stripe of black under the side binding. The L-5S was the first high end jazz solid body guitar. This cool Harmony Mandolin has whisper low action that is such a joy to play.
They are amazing and everyone I have sold them to, has adored them. A also known as the A-0 Brown or black finish, some binding only on the top and in the soundhole with one ring around the soundhole. The following numbers are the earliest known serial number for the year listed. Stamped 24000 50 on the top of the headstock. Special Conditions Return authorization must be approved. In some cases there are no pickguards. This Artist's Model Guitar is labeled Style G, No.
This information is approximate and has not been verified by the LoPrinzi family. Instruments were sold under a variety of trade names—Vogue, Valencia, Johnny Marvin, Monterey, Stella, and others. Keep in mind that the model, make, year made, condition of the instrument, originality, scarcity, market demand and playability all factor in to what your mandolin is worth. In the early years, due to the depression and the following wartime austerity, demand for this expensive instrument was limited and production quantities were small. Harmony supplied many of the big mail order catalogs through the years which were the same Harmony-made instruments except for the label in most all cases. Nice patina to hang on any wall or display, or just to have as a fun playing mandolin.
For string back- angle and action reasons, I removed the classical- style tie- block bridge system, shaved down the saddle, and converted this to a modified pin- style system. Identify the types of woods used for your antique mandolin's top, back, fretboard and headstock. Tuners are in excellent shape. There are a few examples of A-2Zs with black tops, though this was probably used to cover some imperfection in the selected tops. Hi Charles— I just came across your fascinating site. A Mandolute owned by a friend serial 14559 with a patent pending label.
Martin introduced the large body dreadnaught in 1932 — It was bigger, bolder, and louder than anything Gibson had to offer. The somewhat radical headstock shape was discontinued at Gibson with the Mark Series but appears to have been an influence on the young Paul Reed Smith who later used a similar shape for his electric instruments. However, there are more than nostalgic reasons to be interested in Harmony guitars. Is she willing to sell it to you? Probable manufacture date of 1917 or 1918. Weymann and Son, up to 1923, is as follows, within a margin of plus or minus a year: Year………. .