Dating silvertone archtop guitars
An exception to those rules is the late H68 "Artist", built from acoustic H1310 bodies, all solid.Photos below : solid wood on an acoustic H1311, laminated on an electric H58 - No known professional is specialized in Harmony parts only.These are supposedly the manufacture date of the electrical harness or pickguard assembly, by Rowe Industries, but should give a close guess to the year of production of the guitar itself.- I have a Harmony Rocket that is labeled as a H56. All pictures that we have seen have identified it as a H54.They always are on a place easy to read, ie near the f-holes on a archtop.The larger one is the serial number, and the part after the "H" letter is the model number.
As a result, only a handful of guys in the world are ready to pay real money for a rare Harmony model.It's said that the letter at the beginning indicates the period of the year, like "F" for "Fall" or "S" for "Spring".That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.Its very weird and I'm wondering if there was ever any rumors of misprints in the serial numbers. - Yes, it's definitely not rare to see "misprints" serial stamps inside Harmony guitars, between similar models.They were made on the same assembly line at the factory, and of course the body was the same before routing the holes.