It would appear that someone has replaced the tuning pegs since the main four are plastic while the fifth string peg is mother-of-pearl. Some examples had the black skunk strip down the middle of the top similar to the Southerner Jumbos. Another is that some of Stewart's workers moved to other companies -- in Philadelphia and New York City -- after his death. The bass of this model will amaze you, and of course the clear brilliant treble is in perfect balance. In the photo, note that the metal parts are slightly different, with one being a little larger and the points somewhat elongated.
So the First half and Second half explanation, would make it just the opposite season from the generally accepted Spring and Fall. I have seen numbers like Brad's on a few Harmony instruments that from all features appear to be from the late 30's early 40's. It makes good sense though. Harmony Ukulele: This is typical of the most common vintage uke you find on eBay and at flea markets. The L-5S was the first high end jazz solid body guitar.
The guitar designs, however, were not the problem. If the serial number is legible the instrument can be relatively easy to date. In 1947 the name changed to the J-200 and the standard back and sides became highly figured maple. Everything I've owned a few dozen was marked S or F. In the 1970s, the company name, Harmony, was sold for use on Asian produced guitars, shortly after the American Harmony Guitar Company ceased operation. He got it from a great uncle. Due to the plain marks on the bracing, it is believed that every top was tuned by the same Gibson employee.
He was also a guitar enthusiast with a passion for physical and psycho-acoustics. Also you could buy the resonator separately off their catalog after purchase. I was gifted with a Weymann Mandolute a few days ago as a birthday present. The best banjo player I know his best friend is Alan Munde plays a banjo he built from a fender body and a Baldwin neck. Most Resotones were built in the early '60s. Look at the shape of the guitar. The original partners were Fred and Cassie Bacon and Mr.
If you would like to use content from this page, see our. Carefully separate the neck from the body of the guitar. Stewart also offered heel designs that ranged from plain to floral designs; Presentation Banjos were offered with human or animal carvings. Am very excited to have stumbled upon this wonderful Weymann which I initially thought was going to be a wall-hanger but am starting to think it might be worth getting restored to playable condition! Bought from a private party an hour outside of Philly. There has been a conventional wisdom for the last several years as to how Harmony Date Coded their instruments and how they were read. The numbers are preceded by letters: A, B, C, or D which indicate the series. .
A guitar with the retailer O. It appears that they experimented right up to the point of discontinuing the line. It sounds sharp and loud and resonant and has been a fine companion all these many years. Also it is highly unlikely the banjo would have a style number without a serial number. There is an exact double of this one advertised in the 1919 Sears catalog. The early models had shallow neck sets that increased in angle around 1908.
Believe they stopped making them in the mid to late 70's. Though it has gone through a number of refinements over the years, the basic design has not changed since. My dating from serial numbers for all stringed instruments manufactured by H. For more about this, look in the articles section on this site. Quite a bit of research has been done on the various kinds of guitars and when they were made. Both of these have wooden tuning pegs which mostly were not used after the late twenties.
There has also been a conventional wisdom that Harmony did not put serial numbers on their mandolins. This moved the X away from the soundhole a bit. Factory numbers when the exist appear in pencil inside on the block where the neck meets the body. They made lots of banjos sold under their name and several other marques that were sold by mail-order houses and pawn shops, and other small retailers. It looks like the two codes in mine are: Under bass f-hole: 3557H417 Between bottom of treble f-hole and tailblock:?? I took the back off to fix a few items when I got it so I took a few pictures of the interior. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other legal rights which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.