The 1971 Harmony Stella Is Popular Among Vintage Guitar Collectors

For the vintage guitar collectors that are searching for affordable specimens to add to their collection, the 1971 Harmony Stella is among the popular vintage acoustic guitars that were considered entry-level guitars. While there are still plenty of these models around in closets and attics, they have had little playtime. The brand has always been popular with those that like to experiment with learning the guitar, but they weren’t always successful and they ended up stored away. These were learning models of guitars, sold for under $50, in the smaller retail stores, which meant there was little support, after purchase.

As many Harmony guitars have survived over the years and the company has sold millions of these popular entry-level and travelling guitars, there are still some that have been passed down to the next generation of guitar learners. What makes the 1971 Harmony Stella so popular with vintage guitar collectors? The Model 942 Stella from 1971 might be considered almost indestructible, but they were a step below the Folk models and a step further down from the Sovereign, which might have featured steel re-enforced necks and a truss rod, along with ladder bracings.

For vintage guitar collectors, the 1971 Harmony Stella is an attractive collector’s item, available in a variety of models, but you might find the H930 1971 Harmony Stella an attractive flattop acoustic with a sunburst, vertical faux flame or an H929 with a stencilled rosette around the sound-hole and a floral design on the pick-guard. The attractive solid wood construction might be made of birch or spruce, since these were affordable instruments, designed for student players.

The 1971 Harmony Stella guitar comes from a lineage of Stella models that dates back to 1939, when the company bought the name.  Offered as a low-end student guitar, the smaller-bodied student guitars are the most commonly found, although there were some full-sized models, such as the H942 natural or H943 Sunburst grand concert sized models. They featured a floating bridge and pressed metal tailpiece, although the H929 featured a screwed-down bridge. The company was responsible for half of the guitars manufactured during the 1960′s and they had a variety of models.

One of the most attractive features of these guitars, including the 1971 Harmony Stella, is they featured a serial number system, which has made them easier for vintage guitar collectors to identify. The system will include a letter in the beginning, with the last two numbers likely being the year of manufacture. If you are searching for a particular year of these guitars, you can identify them by looking in the sound-hole, usually stamped on the interior rear of the guitar between the 3rd and 4th strings.

Most people might not realize that Sears owned the Harmony Guitar Company and some of them were originally marketed under the Silvertone name. This connection between the two companies can cause some confusion for the beginning collectors of vintage guitars. Regardless, when you are searching for one of the more popular pieces of musical Americana, the 1971 Harmony Stella is a popular collectible for its nostalgic value and variety of models that were available.

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  1. vickie bone says:

    I am looking for information on a Stella Child’s guitar Serial # 52768927 with case.
    Year is somewhere between 1969-1974. In good condition. Please send information to:
    vickie1253@cs.com. Thank you

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