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pixeljammer

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Well, I certainly did, and in more ways than one. As I just said to horax above, the first guitar I ever plunked around on was my Dad's Stella by Harmony 1961 H929. Dad was a Harmony brand guy, even before I was born. A pic I have of him in the late '40s playing guitar (with his twin brother on mandolin) shows him playing a Supertone branded parlor guitar (made by Harmony factory in Chicago) known as "The Prep."

I don't remember specific guitars of Dad's from the '50s (I was born in '53), but my first recollection of a specific guitar model of Dad's was that Stella. We were living in Puerto Rico then, and Dad's H929 had the white pickguard that was screwed onto the top of the guitar 😲, which, from what I've read and seen, was first a feature in 1961. We moved back to Texas in '63, so I know Dad's Stella was from the very early '60s, most probably 1961.

I was about 10 when I first played around with that H929, but it took a few more years (1967) before I seriously knuckled down and started learning to play. By that time Dad had a Harmony Archtone H1213. A few months later, after I had proved to Dad that I was serious about playing, he bought a Harmony Silhouette H19 used for me and my younger brother to play. Because they were Dad's guitars, and because my kid brother wanted to play, too, those guitars didn't go with me when I left my father's home. I wish I had them today, but I've in recent years picked up a couple of Harmony guitars of old ('53 Broadway H954 archtop, left, and H165, ca. 1967, right).

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That one on the right is what I learned on. We had a great copy, and it was the couch guitar in our house for many years. We've got one now, but the tailpiece eats strings and nobody feels much like fixing it. (Other playing options abound).
 

DM1975inKS

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This is my 1957 H1214 Archtone I have owned since I was about 8 or 9 years old.

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LGOberean

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This is my 1957 H1214 Archtone I have owned since I was about 8 or 9 years old.

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Cool that you still have it. I learned to play on a mid '60s vintage H1213 Archtone. Wish I could say I still have it, but I don't know what happened to it. It technically never was mine, but my father's, and my younger brother played it some as well when he was starting out, so the last time I recall playing it was in the summer of 1973. I've posted these pics before, but here are pics of me playing it that summer.

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DM1975inKS

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Cool that you still have it. I learned to play on a mid '60s vintage H1213 Archtone. Wish I could say I still have it, but I don't know what happened to it. It technically never was mine, but my father's, and my younger brother played it some as well when he was starting out, so the last time I recall playing it was in the summer of 1973. I've posted these pics before, but here are pics of me playing it that summer.

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That’s pretty cool. i have a similar photo of me playing mine back in the 80’s.
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Just got this 1939 Harmony, it's from right when Harmony bought out Oscar Schmidt so it's got a OS neck, they used up all the parts they could. It needs a reset to play regular but makes a fine Hawaiian right now.
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LGOberean

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Playing Hawaiian on a guitar painted with a Mexican decorative motif? Talk about cultural diversity! Down here in South Texas I'm of course familiar with "Tex-Mex" ... but Haw-Mex?!? Mexiian?!? 😕;)

Seriously, nice score. A guitar that speaks to the shared history of two musical instrument companies from a previous century. 👍
 

Wildeman

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Playing Hawaiian on a guitar painted with a Mexican decorative motif? Talk about cultural diversity! Down here in South Texas I'm of course familiar with "Tex-Mex" ... but Haw-Mex?!? Mexiian?!? 😕;)

Seriously, nice score. A guitar that speaks to the shared history of two musical instrument companies from a previous century. 👍
It's not an impossible association 😁

And let's don't forget that the Ukulele came from Portugal.
 




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