Dating silvertone archtop guitars
Outside of a completed transaction, value has no meaning, so please do not ask me to value your guitar. Harmony instruments were produced on an industrial scale.
Even the less common models can't be considered "rare".
In the Harmony world, the interested buyer is often rarer than the guitar itself.
- Usually you will find two stamps inside your Harmony guitar.
Misprints are especially common for popular models, as the Rocket electrics (H53/H54/H56/H59), or the Archtone acouctic archtops (H1213/H1214/H1215).
I even checked a couple of guitars with double date stamps, one was stamped 19.
During the last two weeks of June an effort was made to finish as many orders as possible and not start any new orders.
The last days of June, we had a complete inventory.
The larger one is the serial number, and the part after the "H" letter is the model number.
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...
As a result, only a handful of guys in the world are ready to pay real money for a rare Harmony model.
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.
It looks like Harmony serial and date stamps were meant to manage the different parts and instruments on the production line, not to be used as reference by collectors 50 years later... - My brother has a Harmony Meteor in great shape but the the serial number is 84H8448. Do you think someone added the Meteor Label on the Headstock? - These stamped numbers inside Harmony made guitars were not intended as real serial numbers.
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From what I have gathered on your site this indicates that it is an Airline. They were used to keep together various parts of the same guitar on the assembly line.