The company reduced their output over the years, later focusing on student models sold through JCPenney.
The pickups on almost all electric guitars and basses that Harmony produced were manufactured by Rowe Industries Inc./H.
The Harmony Company was an American company that, in its heyday, was the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the USA. purchased it, in part to corner the ukulele market.
They made many types of stringed instruments, including ukuleles, acoustic and electric guitars, and violins. At the time Harmony was led by Joe Kraus, who was chairman until 1940.
They were also stamped with a date stamp with the season and two-digit year ('F-45' would indicate the instrument was manufactured in the fall of 1945).
Only 'F-xx' and 'S-xx' are found as date stamps, S could be summer, perhaps Harmony synchronized its orders with the main catalog distributors (as Sears & Roebuck, Montgomery Wards).
Here’s a ’60s Harmony Sovereign H1260 on the workbench.
Vintage Harmony guitars have become a popular choice for collectors and often fetch high prices on auction sites. The Harmony Guitar Company became the largest producer in the U. They sold 250,000 pieces in 1923 and 500,000 in 1930, including various models of guitars, banjos, and mandolins.
OEM models were typically very similar to a Harmony instrument but with cosmetic differences.Whilst it’s on the workbench I had an opportunity to give it a thorough workbench assessment and I did’t like what I saw.It had a high playing action and on closer inspection I could see that the neck had been refitted.The name is now used by an unrelated company based in Illinois that imports guitars from Asia.More info on vintage Harmony guitars at Harmony Database * From Wikipedia As previously stated these old 1260s are becoming collectors items and owners are forever looking for ways to bring out the best in them.I don't understand why i can't get that kind of info on line! Good Luck, kcbuck Your Harmony Sovereign is the Model H 1203 "Grand Concert Special" (Western Special) and it was discontinued in 1972.