Retrofret Stock # 6807. Stella H-922 Model 12 String Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, made by Harmony (1962), made in Chicago, sunburst lacquer finish, birch back and sides, poplar neck with ebonized fingerboard, original chipboard case. This folk-era Harmony Stella is a surprisingly good guitar considering its budget status, and something of a classic in its own right. 1964 was the last year for the round-body Harmony-Stella Model 922, re-born the next year as the slimmer-waisted H-912. In production since 1940, the H-922 was the only 12-string guitar available through the 1950's, and one of the few "Stella" products that still carried a stylistic link to the brand's pre-war origins. This 1962 example has a HUGE V-profile neck, traditional tailpiece and bridge setup and less than deluxe painted on binding and trim on the all-birch, ladder braced body. The guitar has a big powerful sound, and when it was built was still the only choice for a big-body 12-string-Gibson. Right at this point Gibson, Martin and Guild were all just about to bring 12-string flattop instruments to market but in 1962 the venerable 922 was still the only game in town, and still a very unique instrument.Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 15 in. (38.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/8 in. (54 mm.). Overall quite clean with some typical light chipping to the edges-the top's "binding" is actually painted on! There are several long repaired back cracks, well sealed up but evident; the top is quite clean with no cracks or serious distortion. Just emerged from a neckset, this is easily one of the best sounding and playing examples of a Stella/Harmony we have ever had. While obviously a fairly low-budget model, this is a very nice solid-wood 12 string with its own distinctive sound. Overall Excellent Condition. Overall Excellent - Condition.
|1962||Excellent||sunburst lacquer||Original Soft|
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