Harmony guitar serial number dating
From some recent information that was gleaned from a former Harmony employee that has changed somewhat.I went back through my records of instruments that passed through my hands certain I'd had a W in the past. Everything I've owned (a few dozen) was marked S or F.That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.During the last two weeks of June an effort was made to finish as many orders as possible and not start any new orders.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. The First half/Second half at least allows for a time period that could be feasible.H1 H1141 H1203 H1213 H1214 H1215 H1260 H1265 H1266 H1310 H1311 H1325 H1327 H14 H1407 H1414 H1415 H1456 H1457 H15 H15V H162 H165 H16B H16R H16W H17 H173 H174 H19 H22 H22/1 H27 H37 H38 H39 H41 H42 H44 H45 H46 H47 H48 H49 H50 H51 H53 H53/1 H54 H54/1 H55 H56 H56/1 H57 H58 H59 H59/1 H60 H62 H63 H64 H65 H66 H68 H7 H70 H71 H72 H73 H74 H75 H76 H77 H78 H79 H802 H81 H82 H82G H88 H929 H945 H950 H954 H956 - If you're a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it.In other words, you can't date a Harmony instrument from the serial number alone. It should also be noted that some of the time that stamped number just isn't there.Special thanks to Hal Loflin for pointing me towards some great information. I took the back off to fix a few items when I got it so I took a few pictures of the interior. There was glue from a previous poor repair over the letter(s).
It's said that the letter at the beginning indicates the period of the year, like "F" for "Fall" or "S" for "Spring".Even the less common models can't be considered "rare".Remember that all Harmony made guitars (this means all guitars on this website) are still considered low grade instruments by most players and collectors, and can't be compared in value to the "great" names as Gibson, Fender, Martin...They were made on the same assembly line at the factory, and of course the body was the same before routing the holes.Misprints are especially common for popular models, as the Rocket electrics (H53/H54/H56/H59), or the Archtone acouctic archtops (H1213/H1214/H1215).