HARMONY HARMONY PRODUCTION & PRICING
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HARMONY HARMONY PRODUCTION & PRICING The Harmony company of 4600 South Kolin Avenue in Chicago, Illinois built a great deal of guitars. Harmony catalogs in the early 1960s proudly proclaimed, "we´ve produced millions of instruments but we make them one at a time." Harmony guitars can be found practically anywhere: the guitar shop, the antique shop, the flea market, the Sunday garage sale right around the corner. Due to the vast numbers of Harmony guitars, and because the majority of them were entry level models, the vintage guitar market´s response is a collective shrug of the shoulders as it moves on to the higher dollar American built Fenders and Gibsons, etc. As a result, the secondary Harmony guitar market is rather hard to pin down. Outside of a few hardy souls like Willie Moseley, Ronald Rothman, Paul Day, and Tony Bacon, very little has been written about Harmony guitar models as a means to identify them. As a result, rather than use the exact model designations, most dealers tend to offer a "Harmony Acoustic," or a "´60s Harmony Archtop" through their ads or at guitar shows. It becomes difficult to track the asking prices of various models if the information regarding that model is not available.
The majority of Harmony guitars encountered today are generally part of the millions produced during the 1960s through the company´s closing in 1975. As most of them were entry level models, condition (especially physical condition) becomes a bit more critical in pricing. A dead mint Harmony Rocket is worth the money because it´s clean - a beat up, player´s grade Rocket might not be worth a second look to the interested party. However, the market interest is the deciding factor in pricing - the intrinsic value of (for example) a laminated body Harmony archtop will be the deciding factor in the asking price to the public.
The Blue Book of Electric Guitars continues to seek out additional input on Harmony models, specifications, dates of production, and any serialization information. This year´s section is the starting point for defining Harmony products. Additional information gathered on Harmony will be updated in future editions of the Blue Book of Electric Guitars.
Most Harmony guitars have been played and are in the average condition range. Most of these guitars are valued under $300. However, there are some models that may bring more money, especially if they are in excellent condition. We have listed some of the most popular models from the 1960s and 1970s. Keep in mind that Harmony produced hundreds of different models over the years. It is unrealistic to provide every single model ever produced because we simply do not have adequate information to make model descriptions. The information listed is from catalogs. Nine out of ten Harmony guitars are going to be in average condition and valued under $300.
Harmony models also carried the series designation on the headstock (i.e. Broadway, Monterey, Patrician, Soverign, etc.) in addition to the Harmony trademark.
For further information regarding Harmony acoustic guitars, please refer to the Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars.

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