|1920 Harmony Uke|
the nation’s largest retail merchandise stores, especially in their catalog sales and they sold many musical instruments especially guitars.
The man leading Harmony was Joseph Kraus.
Sears retained him as chairman of the company through 1940.
By 1923 Sears sold over a quarter of a million instruments. Seven years later this figure had doubled.
|'29 Harmony Smeck Vita Uke|
Some of the brands that are actually Harmony instruments include Holiday, Vogue, Valencia, Johnny Marvin, Monterey, Stella and others.
Sears bought brand names owned by the bankrupt Oscar Schmidt Company, which included La Scala, Stella and Sovereign.
|Harmony Exhibit - Lillibridge Gallery|
selling 350,000 instruments annually. However foreign competition crept in and sales declined.
Harmony electrics took their queue from Gretsch and Gibson. The pickups were manufactured by Rowe Industries Inc. also known as Rowe DeArmond, which was based in Toledo, Ohio.
Vintage guitar magazine price guide puts the current value of a Harmony H76 at between $1100 and $1200 USD. It sold for $200 to $300 new.
|Sound Project aka Lectrolab|
Harmony Guitar Company shuttered its doors in 1975. By these years the manufacturing had ceased and the company was mainly importing and relabeling Asian manufactured instruments.
The Harmony trade name was sold to the Westheimer Corporation which briefly continued to market imported “reissue” Harmony guitars.
archtop guitars But unlike the more expensive instruments made by Gibson, Guild and Epiphone which carved the tops and back of their guitars, Harmony “pressed” the tops and backs to give them the arched shape.
The early Harmony’s had a more painted look on the headstocks, but as the company became busier, the headstock graphics were stenciled, as were the rosettes on their flat top guitars.
the markers were merely painted in the appropriate places. The tailpieces on some of the models were made of cheap pressed metal. Some low end instruments had the tailpieces or pick guards screwed into the wood.
“Steel Reinforced Neck.” Surprisingly many Harmony guitars have retained a straight neck.
Harmony electric guitars had a wide range of styles and quality.
Harmony's line resembled Gretsch and Gibson guitars, but did not have the complicated switching of a Gretsch, nor did the Harmony versions have the quality of Gretsch and Gibson. For the money these were quite nice instrument.
|Harmony - Fender|
“Baldwin” classical guitars. The funny thing is that Baldwin wanted a classic electric model, and one was designed to fit the bill.
a Prismatone Pickup. Reed purchased three of these instruments and took them to a Nashville music store to have a luthier install cutaways on each of them.