Harmony guitar serial number dating

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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.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).That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.

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Either they re-used a back prepared for the previous batch, two years before on the line, or they mistakenly used a 1961 stamp in 1963.Tip : on many guitars (easy to check on flat top acoustics), Harmony stamped the top of the guitar as well as the back, so if the number on the back is difficult to read, use a mirror and check under the top (near the neck) The other smaller stamp is the date stamp and indicates the year of production.It's said that the letter at the beginning indicates the period of the year, like "F" for "Fall" or "S" for "Spring".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 general thought (that I have posted here in the past) is that they were stamped with a letter that stood for the season the instrument was built (Summer, Winter, Fall) followed by the two digit year.

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