Harmony guitar serial number dating
"Perfection," was Harmonys goal, through out its history.Its claim to have sold "more stringed instruments than all other makers in America Combined- and thus created thousands of friends for Harmony all over the world," held true.Most have a floating wood bridge with the pressed metal tailpiece.Some of the older ones have a piece of metal fret like material for a saddle.The Stella guitar was great for playing Kurt Cobain of Nirvana played an acoustic Stella guitar on the recording of the song Polly from the Nevermind album. Harmony bought the Stella name in 1939 and continued to make them as a low-end student guitar.
They made themselves available to the masses so the student had an affordable option.
These H929 Stella models have been seen with both 3 x 3 tuners along with a H933 that had 6 on side headstocks. There was natural model, an H927 during the 60's, along with a tenor HTCG929 and a smaller size H9293/4. These earlier models don't seem to have the "H" in the model number.
I have seen some "bananaburst" or Ivory grained finish on some Stellas from the 40's and 50's, which seem to be a No.928 model of the early 60's. The model number didn't matter because they marketed an assortment of 6 guitars for $ 144 in 1962.
Most music stores carried them along with a whole assortment of mail order catalogues.
These small body guitars still show up from time to time.