Can you identify it for me and tell me how much it’s worth? There are hundreds of thousands of Harmony guitars out there, and though these are mostly entry-level instruments, they’re very much a part of guitar history.
Harmony was the largest US guitar manufacturer between the 1930s and late 1960s.
At the height of the guitar boom in the mid-1960s, Harmony was building more than 1000 instruments per day.
Not only were they producing Harmony-branded guitars, there was a time when the Chicago-based factory was making guitars for 57 different brand names and trademarks.
It matters not if you have an original USA made Harmony or a newer import.
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Hey Zach, I have a Harmony archtop acoustic with the following numbers inside: F-63-HB and 3714H1213. And you’re right— most Harmony guitars aren’t worth much, or in other words, they aren’t very collectible.
Now is your chance to tell us about you and your Harmony instrument!The “F” preceding the year was often thought to be a fall production indicator while the other letter stamp they would use was an “S,” which researchers thought stood for a spring production instrument.At one point, Harmony was selling 40 percent of their guitars through Sears & Roebuck under the Silvertone brand.Your guitar is a model H1213 Archtone made in 1963.
Harmony did a great job of stamping model numbers and dates of manufacture on their guitars, but they often require some decoding.
The F-63-HB is the date code and the two numbers, not surprisingly, indicate 1963.