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Over the years the Harmony style of making guitars evolved just like the rest of the manufactures.

The pre-war guitars, through the 40's, had clubbier necks. Some of the Archtops had a bigger paddle like headstock similar to the evolution of Gretsch Guitars.

The last new (old stock) American made acoustic finally was sold around 1980.

This was after I borrowed it to travel across country.

Into the 50's the graphics changed as with the size of the headstock. Even the color of the logo seemed to change as time went on.

When the guitar boom of the 60's happened, the guitars got simpler and more mass-produced.

After all, Sears owned this Chicago guitar company.

These instruments were the same Harmony made instruments except for the label and accounted for almost half of the instruments made. There were also a large number of "House Brands" made by Harmony.

They not only made ukuleles and banjos but they had a whole line of these folk instruments.What is known about one of the most prolific manufactures of guitars in this country?There has been a lot written about the Harmony Guitar Company, but there isn't a lot of information on these guitars. Many a guitar student started on one of their student instruments.They made an interesting bluegrass banjo with a Bakelite/plastic rim and resonator.Harmony also made violins during the early part of the century.

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I remember playing that little "O'" style guitar, jamming on a California beach.