Harmony guitar headstock

1892-1974 and current rebirth

In Chicago, 1892 Wilhelm J. F. Schultz and four employees began production on a modest scale. By 1915 Harmony had 125 employees. In 1916 Sears, Roebuck acquired Harmony in order to gain its substantial ukulele production. Harmony also made mandolins, banjo ukes, tenor banjos, and other instruments.
In February 1928 Harmony introduced its Roy Smeck Vita series-Standard, tenor, and plectrum guitars. In January 1930 the Roy Smeck Grand Concert and Hawaiian models were unveiled. In March 1931 the Vagabond guitar line was first produced, and in the following September the Cremona professional guitar appeared. In May 1939 Harmony bought several brand names from the bankrupt Oscar Schmidt Company including La Scala, Stella and Sovereign. During this period Harmony substantially increased its trade names to include Valencia, Monterey, Harmony Deluxe, Johnny Marvin, Vogue, and many more.
From 1961through 1969 Harmony continued to grow and as imported instruments began taking a larger share of the American market, the company was purchased by a conglomerate along with some other companies. There was heavy indebtedness, and the factory equipment and other assets were sold at auction to satisfy the creditors and they finally liquidated.

The current day Harmony is owned by Charlie Subecz. [Source: Harmony]

The best resources for vintage Harmony are http://www.rothguitar.com/ and http://harmony.demont.net/

 

Harmony Guitar reference books

Harmony, The People’s Guitar

Harmony guitar catalogs
Many Harmony catalogs from 1959 at this awesome site!! http://harmony.demont.net/catalogs.php

Old catalog from current Harmony siteOld Harmony catalog from current site

Harmony catalog 2017

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